BYU Student-Athlete Mental Health
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Student-athletes face pressures on and off the field that can affect their mental health, well-being, relationships, and performance. Some common mental health concerns among student-athletes include anxiety, depression, self-esteem, homesickness, trauma, eating/body image concerns, and recovering from injury. We seek to provide support and treatment to student-athletes experiencing these pressures to help them become healthy, balanced, and successful students and athletes.
Quick Mental Health Screening
Take a quick 2-minute screening to help you determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional. They are completely anonymous and confidential. Immediately following the brief questionnaire your results will be displayed. Additional resources can be found on the CAPS website by clicking here.
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Who We Are
Tasha Bell, PhD
Dr. Tasha Bell completed her master’s degree at Brigham Young University in 2015 and her PhD at the University of Minnesota in 2020. Tasha was originally hired by football head coach Kalani Sitake to work with the football team in player development and recruiting. Eventually, Tasha transitioned to her current position where she continues to work with football and other teams including the football, volleyball, golf, tennis, softball, swim and dive, and track and women's cross country teams. Tasha competed as a Division I student athlete in soccer, has coached at the DI collegiate level for 8 years at Utah Valley University and University of Minnesota. She has been a part of 5 regular season conference championships, 4 tournament conference championships, has coached 54 all-conference student-athletes, and 51 academic all-conference student athletes. Tasha's degree is in Marriage and Family Therapy and she brings a unique systemic perspective to the world of sport psychology. To add to her specialization, she is currently seeking the internationally recognized Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) certification as a mental performance coach (CMPC). Tasha teaches the BYU courses Performance Psychology and The Science and Practice of Positive Living. She is a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and Collegiate Clinical/Counseling Sport Psychology Association (CCSPA).
Tom Golightly, PhD
Dr. Tom Golightly is currently an Assistant Director-Athletics for BYU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2000, he then completed his Ph.D. at BYU in Counseling Psychology in 2007. He completed his internship at Texas A&M University Student Counseling Service and worked for at Texas Tech University’s Student Counseling Center as the liaison for the department of Athletics. Tom returned to BYU in 2008, joining the clinical faculty in CAPS. Since his initial appointment, Tom has served in various administrative positions. He was awarded the rank of Clinical Professor in 2018. Tom is the team psychologist for baseball, football, basketball, men's cross country/track and field, women’s soccer and track and field. He also teaches two courses for the university – Performance Psychology and Contemporary Issues for Student-athletes. He is currently an Executive Board Member for the Collegiate Clinical/Counseling Sport Psychology Association or CCSPA (the largest international organization of sport psychologists working with intercollegiate student-athletes), and is a contributing member of an NCAA task force on mental health issues affecting student-athletes.
Natalie Kirtley, PhD
Dr. Natalie Kirtley is an Assistant Clinical Professor for BYU Counseling and Psychological Services. She began working as a team psychologist with BYU Athletics in 2017. She completed her PhD at BYU and worked with elite performers at world renowned music conservatory The Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York where she also began working with athletes and athletics staff as a liaison through the counseling center. Dr. Kirtley currently provides individual therapy to student-athletes and teaches courses on campus. Currently, she works with cheer, Cougarettes, the dunk team, and track and field. Courses include: Life Planning and Decision Making, The Science and Practice of Positive Living, Performance Psychology and guest lectures for Contemporary Issues for Student Athletes. Member of the Collegiate Clinical/Counseling Sport Psychology Association.