Sports Psychology and Performance Enhancement


The University Counseling Center provides programs for the Athletic Department. Within the department, they work with staff, faculty, and student athletes for the purposes of providing education, prevention, and intervention programs related to sport. Some of the topics covered include athletes with psychological concerns, enhancing athletic performance (i.e., goal setting, relaxation training, team cohesion), substance use/abuse (Project Winning STEPS), sexual assault, nutrition, and sport-related injuries. Interventions are offered in large group format or on a one-one basis. In addition, the University Counseling Center is available for consultation with the department staff around mental health issues involving student-athletes. For further information about educational programs offered on sports psychology and performance enhancement, please contact Dr. Joyce Dewitt-Parker, Liaison to the Department of Athletics or Dr. Joe Monserrat, Sports Psychologist.

UAlbany Counseling Center Web Page


Counseling Center Staff

The University Counseling Center staff is composed of an ethnically and racially diverse group of experienced mental health professionals, including licensed clinical and counseling psychologists, a health educator, and our consulting psychiatrist (who is affiliated with the University Health Center). Advanced doctoral trainees in clinical and counseling psychology programs also provide services under the supervision of licensed psychologists. We are committed to insuring that all students are extended full and equal access to Center services regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion or disability. Also, please note that some staff are bilingual (English & Spanish).  The Counseling Center Staff who primarily work with athletics are:

Joyce Y. Dewitt-Parker, Ph.D., Liaison to Athletic Department, Winning Steps Project Co-Director (funded by the Department of Education)

Joe Monserrat, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, Project Coordinator, Project Winning STEPS (funded by U.S. Department of Education)

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These web-based screenings can help you decide - in a few short minutes - whether professional consultation would be helpful to you.

The screenings are available to all University at Albany students, and you remain anonymous unless you decide otherwise.

Following the screening you’ll receive an immediate result that can be printed and taken to a clinician for further evaluation. A screening test is not a substitute for a complete evaluation but it can help you learn if your symptoms are consistent with one of the problem areas listed to the right and, most importantly, how to get help.

Click on a Quick Link below to take a FREE self-assessment.

Alcohol Problems         Anxiety            Bipolar Disorder        Depression       

Eating Disorders        Post-Traumatic Stress


Sexual Assault Protocol

It is very important that students who have been sexually assaulted, or who are unsure if they have been sexually assaulted, have access to timely information about helping resources and options. In fact, the University has a response plan that identifies key campus and community resources to assist a student in the aftermath of any type of sexual assault.  Click here for more information.