Current Practices in Elite Athlete Mental Health Service Provision: Application to the Olympic Context

Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Research Paper

Degree Name



Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Jessica Bartley, Psy.D.

Second Committee Member

Mark Aoyagi, Ph.D.

Third Committee Member

Lindsay Thronton, Ed.D.


Elite athlete, Mental health, Olympic athlete, Well-being

Publication Statement

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Over the past several years, a growing body of research has explored the mental health needs of the elite athlete population. Accumulating evidence revealed that this population suffers from mental health issues at the same or greater rates than their nonathlete peers. Most recently, the International Olympic Committee released a consensus statement concluding that mental health and well-being cannot be separated from physical health, and that elite athletes should have access to gold standard interdisciplinary care. Given growing research and growing awareness of the need for more mental health support in elite athletics, this paper examined the mental health needs of Olympic athletes in the United States, explored the best practices across multiple sport organizations in mental health assessment and care, and applied those practices to the U.S. Olympic context.


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Paper Method

Theoretical Analysis and Synthesis

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