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Josie Nicholson, Ph.D.

Josie Nicholson, Assistant A.D. for Sport Psychology at Ole Miss, is a Licensed Psychologist specializing in sport performance and a Certified Mental Performance Consultant. A native of Oxford, MS, Dr. Nicholson joined Ole Miss Athletic’s Health and Sport Performance Staff in 2012 as the counseling and sport psychologist for the department. She received a B.A. in Psychology and Visual Arts from Loyola University New Orleans where she was a student-athlete and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She completed a year-long internship at Colorado State University, specifically working with the Sport and Performance Program. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in sport psychology at the University of Florida. She is EMDR trained and has trained extensively in the use of hypnosis. She hosts a podcast for the Hilinski’s Hope Foundation, Unit3d, that aims to be a mental health resource for student athletes. She has served on several national executive boards including The Counseling/Clinical Sport Psychology Association (past chair, conference coordinator, and tech chair), and the American Psychological Association Division 47 (Cornerstone Committee Chair, 2019 – 2022). She is certified as a Mental Health First Aid instructor. Josie and her husband Steven have two sons, Claiborne and Steele and two dogs, Nanuk and Remi.

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