Dr. Hankes is in his eighth year working with Auburn University Athletics serving as sport psychologist with the OPS Team. He also serves as the director of Auburn University Student Counseling Services and is a licensed psychologist.
An Auburn native, Hankes received his Bachelor's Degree in Human Movement Studies from Auburn University in 1985. He went on to earn his Master's Degree in Kinesiology/Sport Psychology from the University of North Texas in 1989. Hankes then completed his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of North Texas in 1996.
Hankes has several professional affiliations including: American Psychological Association) Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology) Executive Committee Member, 1998-2003 and 2010-2013; Association for Applied Sport Psychology Executive Board Member, 2003-2007; NCAA Psychological Health Issues of Student-Athletes Committee, 2005-current; Certified Consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology; and the United States Olympic Committee: Sport Psychology Registry 2013-2016 quadrennium.
Hankes is a frequent presenter at national conferences and the author of several publications on sport psychology-related topics. His most recently published book chapter is in Shane Murphy's (Ed.) (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology titled "Sport and Performance Psychology: Ethical Issues." He also recently coauthored with Dr. Trent Petrie the 3rd Edition of "A Student-Athlete's Guide to College Success: Peak Performance in Class and Life." Published by Wadsworth, the book focuses on the unique challenges that student-athletes face in college and assists them in achieving success in the classroom, field, and life.