Challace J. McMillin for Sport Psychology Staff

HarmisonBob Harmison, Ph.D.

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 Mental Performance Coach (CMPC), 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.

Challace MChallace J. McMillin, Ed.D.

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.

Liz Sanborn M.S.

Liz is the Assistant Director for the Challace McMillin Center for Sport Psychology. She is currently a graduate student in James Madison University’s Combined-Integrated Doctoral Program in Psychology. Liz received her Master’s degree in Sport Psychology from Miami University in 2014. Upon graduation, Liz worked with Army soldiers, family members and DA civilians as part of the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program. Liz trained mental skills for performance enhancement and increasing resilience. Her research interests include: emotion regulation and energy management in performance, effective coaching, and life skills development through sport.

 Sarah Carson Sackett, Ph.D.

Sarah Carson Sackett, Ph.D.

Sarah Carson Sackett is an Associate 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, her Master’s in Exercise and Sport Science from UNC-Greensboro, and her Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Michigan State University. 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 groups like the Michigan High School Athletic Association, STRIVE, and the McMillin Center for Sport Psychology. Her research interests include positive youth development through sport, coaching strategies for developing life skills in youth athletes, and gender issues in physical activity and health.

Parker Leap M.Ed.

Parker is a graduate assistant working for the Challace McMillin Center for Sport Psychology.  He is currently a graduate student in James Madison University’s Combined-Integrated Doctoral Program in Clinical and School Psychology.  Parker received a Master of Education in Counseling with a concentration in Sport Psychology from Boston University in 2019.  While at BU, Parker served as a mental performance consultant intern to student-athletes at Tufts University.  In addition, he co-facilitated a positive youth development program that used weightlifting as a mode to teach life skills to students at English High School.  His research interests include: performance enhancement in sport, college student-athlete mental health and well-being, and positive youth development through sport.