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Auburn Logo Auburn Athletics Psychology Team

Beginning in 2015, Auburn Sports Medicine added two in-house providers, in addition to the existing outside consultants, to deliver psychological care to Auburn Student-Athletes. Internally, the Auburn Athletics Psychology Team provides three distinct types of services: General Counseling, Sport Psychology and Addictions Counseling. Below is an overview of each service and why you may choose each type of service.

Auburn Logo Counseling

Counseling provides a unique opportunity to talk with a licensed psychologist or counselor about issues that may be preventing you from enjoying life or achieving at optimal levels academically, athletically, or personally.

It is important to understand that you do not have "something wrong with you" to make a visit. If you realize that you are not living up to your potential academically, athletically, or personally, and if you are having difficulty making changes on your own, counseling may be a helpful resource to consider.

Issues may include, but are not limited to:

  • Sadness
  • Loneliness
  • Homesickness
  • Loss of direction or dissatisfaction
  • Anxiety
  • Test taking and study problems
  • Relationship issues
  • Family problems
  • Injury
  • Anger
  • Body image issues
Auburn Logo Sport Psychology

Sport psychology is a type of mental coaching that is used by athletes, teams, and others who want to improve their performance in any number of areas. Most athletes realize the importance of physical preparation. Exceptional athletes recognize that solid physical preparation combined with excellent mental preparation leads to their best performances.

Emphasis is placed on the enhancement of psychological skills, such as confidence in one’s abilities, focusing in the moment, and relaxing when under pressure. Time is often spent helping individuals recognize and more effectively utilize personal strengths.

Issues addressed may include:

  • Low confidence
  • Difficulty in communicating with teammates or coaches
  • Distractibility in competition
  • Lack of joy and fun in sport
  • Taking too few or too many risks
  • Lack of motivation
  • Performance slumps
  • Playing with hesitation
  • Unproductive self-coaching
Auburn Logo Substance Use Counseling

Addiction can be defined as a cluster of cognitive, behavioral, and physiological symptoms indicating that the individual continues using the substance despite significant substance-related problems. The primary goal of our substance use counseling is to prevent student athletes from experiencing the life changing effects of a substance use disorder. If you realize you may have a problem in this area, or just have a few questions or concerns, confidential counseling is here for you.

Issues addressed may include but not limited to:

  • Tolerance
  • Withdrawal
  • Specific Substances
  • Family Matters
  • Codependency
  • Compulsive Behaviors
  • Relationships
  • Alcohol/Drug Education
  • Anger
  • Self-Esteem
Auburn Logo Psychology Team Members

Dr. Nicole Linen, Psy.D., MBA
(334) 750-1634

Dr. Shawn Zeplin, Psy.D.
Sport Psychologist
(334) 750-4270

Tom Davis, LPC
(334) 750- 8267

Auburn Logo OPS Team

As a student-athlete enters their career at Auburn University, there can be times where the ability to adapt quickly to escalating demands brought on by the fast-pace life of college can seem overwhelming. It is critical that a team of knowledgeable healthcare professionals with a diverse background be available to help the student-athlete construct an appropriate management style to help them consistently achieve their best level of performance.

Created in 1994, The Optimum Performance in Sports (OPS) Team encompasses an array of health care professionals. The purpose of the OPS team is to serve as a resource so that Auburn athletes can improve their abilities in the classroom and in life as well as on the playing field. Our team consists of physicians, nutritionists, dietitians, psychologists, and other health care professionals who work collaboratively, each utilizing their experience and skills so that Auburn athletes receive the very best care, when they need it.

Joe Joe Petrone, MS, ATC
Director of Sport Medicine
(334) 844-9823
Dr. Mike Goodlett, M.D.
Team Physician
(334) 844-9821

Lauren Silvio MS RD CSSD LDN
Sports Dietitian
(334) 844-0949

Dr. Nicole Linen, Psy.D., MBA
(334) 750-1634

Dr. Shawn Zeplin, Psy.D.
Sport Psychologist
(334) 750-4270

Tom Davis, LPC
(334) 750-8267

Dr. Peggy Howland, Ph.D
Clinical Psychologist
(334) 821-3350

Dr. Doug Hankes, Ph.D
Sports Psychologist
(334) 844-5123

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