NCAA awards mental health grant for UK athletes

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NCAA awards mental health grant for UK athletes

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has awarded a grant to the University of Kentucky.

A UK College of Education research team will receive funding for a project related to college athletes’ psychological well-being and mental health.

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The team is comprised of Jeff Reese, a licensed psychologist and professor in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology; Marc Cormier, director of counseling and sport psychology for UK Athletics, director of the Sport and Exercise Psychology graduate program, and assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion; and Rena Goodwin, a graduate student who holds a master’s degree from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in counseling psychology in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology.

Goodwin helped develop the grant proposal, “The purpose of our project is to create a culturally and developmentally appropriate measure for college student-athletes that has the capacity to serve as both a screening and treatment outcome measure.”

Goodwin says the project will consist of three phases: student-athlete and athletic staff input on content domains, follow-up feedback on the resulting measure, and an initial psychometric evaluation.

The NCAA’s Innovations in Research and Practice Grant aims to fund projects that will help college athletes. It also seeks to help develop programs that other colleges and universities can adopt on their campuses or adapt to fit their needs.

UK’s project was one of six selected out of 87 proposals.