Tom Golightly
(801) 422-3035


Golightly is the Associate Clinical Director for BYU Counseling and Psychological Services. He joined the clinical faculty in 2008 and the sports medicine team in 2014. Golightly is responsible for treating a variety of mental health issues in order to help student-athletes remove any obstacles preventing successful academic and sport performance. He conducts individual, couples and group therapy for student-athletes. He is also tasked with teaching responsibilities in two courses for the university – Performance Psychology and Contemporary Issues for Student-athletes.


  • BA in psychology and Italian from the University of Arizona in 2000
  • MS in school counseling psychology at BYU (2002)
  • Ph.D. in counseling psychology at BYU (2007) 

Prior to BYU

  • Before returning to BYU, Golightly was on staff at the Texas Tech University Student Counseling Center. He was the Outreach Coordinator with a special assignment in Athletics where he served as a psychologist for student-athletes.
  • Before that he completed a psychology internship at Texas A&M University’s Student Counseling Service.
  • Golightly was a Psychology Graduate Assistant in the BYU Department of Athletics for six years while completing his advanced degrees.


  • Lives in Pleasant Grove with his wife, Shauna, and four children, Tyler, Sarah, Brandon and Elise
  • Hometown: Choctaw, Oklahoma

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.

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