Jeni Shannon, PhD
Director of the Carolina Athletics Mental Health and Performance Psychology Program
Dr. Jeni Shannon serves as the Director of the Carolina Athletics Mental Health and Performance Psychology Program (AMP). She is a Counseling and Sport Psychologist within the UNC Department of Sports Medicine, providing performance enhancement and psychological services to UNC student-athletes. After two and a half years in a part-time role, she joined the department full-time in January of 2017.
Shannon meets with individual student-athletes on a one-on-one basis and also works with teams to offer comprehensive and integrated mental health and performance psychology support. Additionally, she collaborates with other Athletic Department staffers to educate student-athletes on a range of topics related to mental health, well-being and optimal performance.
A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Shannon earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Arizona. She earned both a master’s and a doctorate in counseling psychology with an emphasis in sport psychology at the University of Missouri. She also completed a pre-doctoral internship and a post-doctoral fellowship, both with a specialty in sport psychology, at the University of California, Davis.
Prior to coming to UNC, Shannon worked as a Counseling and Sport Psychologist at Regis University in Denver, where she also maintained a private practice.
She is a licensed psychologist, a Certified Consultant with AASP and a member of the USOC Sport Psychology Registry. She also serves on the advisory board for the Collegiate Clinical/Counseling Sport Psychology Association.
Shannon and her husband, Eric, live in Cary, N.C., with their son, Oliver, and daughter, Ivy.