Amy Athey, PhD

Director of Clinical and Sport Psychology Services, University of Arizona

    Dr. Amy Athey is the Director of Clinical and Sport Psychology Services for the University of Arizona Department of Athletics. She has worked with NCAA Division-I schools in the ACC, SEC, and PAC-12, where her work has included serving as the performance consultant to the 2012 Rose Bowl Championship football team, national champions in track and field, and student-athletes who continued in professional sport, national championships and/or the Olympic games. Dr. Athey has worked for over 18 years providing clinical care, crisis intervention, and performance consultation for collegiate, Olympic, and professional athletes, coaching staff, medical staff, and administration.

    Dr. Athey earned a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Loyola College in Maryland and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in university departments of kinesiology and psychology, respectively. She also received her Bachelor in Business Administration from Roanoke College, where she was also an All-American basketball player and inducted into the RC Athletics Hall of Fame. She has published research and presented at international and national conferences. Dr. Athey recently was awarded the 2016 and 2018 NCAA Research and Innovation Grant as a co-investigator on a study examining the impact of sleep on the mental health and performance of student-athletes and the development of an innovative sleep intervention for student athletes.

    Dr. Athey is a nationally recognized leader among sport psychologists. She is a member of the American Psychological Association’s Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology) and has served on Division 47’s Executive Board for two terms. She is a also member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) where she is a Certified Consultant and has served on the Certification Committee and Certification Appeals Committee. In 2015, she served as one of 14 nationally selected Subject Matter Experts for the Job Task Analysis initiated by AASP to enhance its certified consultant certification process. In addition to being invited to join the 2017 NCAA Task Force on Sleep sponsored by the NCAA Sport Science Institute, she was tapped as one of five national experts by the NCAA to provide oversight for mental health guidelines in the NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook revised in Spring/Summer 2012. Dr. Athey is also listed on the USOC Sport Psychology Registry of Providers.