Dr.Harmison is the Sport Psychologist for James Madison University in Virginia. He is also the Director of the Challace J. McMillin Center for Sport Psychology at JMU, the Kibler Professor of Sport Psychology in the JMU Department of Graduate Psychology. He has been providing sport psychology services to high school through elite level athletes and teams since 1993, including the 2002, 2006, and 2010 U.S. Olympic Snowboard teams, the Kansas City Royals minor league organization, and four Division I universities.
Dr. Harmison is designated as a Certified Consultant by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry, and a licensed psychologist (inactive) in the state of Arizona. His research interests include understanding and assessing mental toughness in sport, evaluating effective strategies for developing mental toughness and chemistry in teams, and achieving peak performance in sport.
Dr. McMillin is a Mental Training Coach in the McMillin Center for Sport Psychology. He has been providing sport psychology services to James Madison University’s athletic teams and individual athletes since 1990. He has also provided sport psychology services to other colleges, high schools, youth sport teams, and individual clients, some of whom were Olympic athletes. Dr. McMillin is a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.
Dr. McMillin started the cross country, track and field, and the football programs at JMU in 1971-72. He coached the football team through the 1984 season. He then taught in the Kinesiology Department until 2005 specializing in sport psychology and coaching education courses. During his coaching career, McMillin coached several nationally ranked teams, was Virginia Coach of the Year three times, and received the NCAA College Coach of the Year honor in ’75. Three of his players had successful NFL careers.
Chad is the Assistant Director for the Challace McMillin Center for Sport Psychology. He is currently a graduate student in James Madison University’s Combined-Integrated Doctoral Program in Psychology. Chad received his M.A in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver in 2014 and B.A in Psychology from the University of Nevada-Reno. Chad played college baseball at Feather River Community College in Quincy, CA, where he received his Associate’s Degree.
Previously, Chad has worked with teams at Regis University under the supervision of Dr. Jeni Shannon. He has also worked with various male and female high school teams. Chad’s current research interest involve the links between well-being and performance, and the development of theories of performance.
Sarah Carson Sackett is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and the Associate Director of the Morrison-Bruce Center at James Madison University. Sarah received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Hartwick College (2001), her Master’s in Exercise and Sport Science from UNC-Greensboro (2003), and her Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Michigan State University (2010). Dr. Carson Sackett has served as a sport psychology consultant for community athletes and collegiate teams and has provided coach and athlete leadership clinics with the Michigan High School Athletic Association and the McMillin Center for Sport Psychology.
Sarah was an instructor of sport psychology and coaching education at Georgia Southern University before coming to teach in the undergraduate kinesiology and coaching education programs at JMU in 2010. Dr. Carson Sackett’s research interests include positive youth development through sport, coaching strategies for developing life skills in youth athletes, and current issues in youth sport and coaching.
Dr. Young is an Assistant Professor in Kinesiology and the Co-ordinator of the Coaching Education Minor at James Madison University. He has worked with athletes of all ability levels, including NCAA D-1 and Professional athletes, across a number of different sports. He is a Certified Consultant by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.
Pat Kenny, M.A.
Pat Kenny is a first year Doctoral Student in the Clinical and School Psychology program at James Madison University. Previously he earned his M.A. in Sport and Performance Psychology at the University of Denver. Over the last three years he presented mental skills and sport psychology concepts to hundreds of athletes, coaches, and performers. Also, he has served as a consultant to multiple teams, employing a holistic method (involving athletic directors, coaches, athletes, and trainers) to creating winning cultures.
He believes that in order to get more out of the competitive experience, athletes, coaches, and organizations must be willing to take a deep look at their successes, as well as their shortcomings. This analysis is the first step toward achieving performance goals. His research interests include improvement in motivation, and creation of healthy organizational cultures.
Bridget Smith, M.A.
Bridget Smith is a first year student in the C-I program at James Madison University. She received her Masters in Sport & Performance Psychology from the University of Denver in 2014. While in Denver, she provided provided sport psychology services to high school teams and individuals. Her research interests include: athlete identity, eating disorders and body image concerns in the athlete population, and the coach-athlete relationship.
Cierra is a first year master’s student in the Psychological Sciences program at James Madison University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Kinesiology from The College of William and Mary in 2016. While at William and Mary she shadowed Dr. Deidre Connelly, Ph.D CC-AASP and worked with a local high school football team. Cierra’s research interests include: sports injury, return to sport behaviors, mental toughness, performance anxiety, and social physique anxiety.