Performance Psychology

Our Sport & Performance Psychology Program offers services designed to increase mental toughness and maximize athletic performance. Our clients gain an edge over the competition with an enhanced sense of focus and concentration, and are able to optimize their performance more consistently. Through one-on-one mental training consultations/counseling, small group educational workshops and neuropsychological testing, our clients are able to effectively enhance their athletic performance and personal performance. Our licensed psychologists are able to provide counseling services for athletes that are struggling with injury issues, adjustment distractions, or other personal and stress-related issues.

Sports Psychologists

  • Chris Carr, PhD, HSPP

    Dr. Carr is the Sport and Performance Psychologist and Coordinator for Sport and Performance Psychology at St Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis, Indiana. In this role, which started in August of 2006, Dr. Carr coordinates training, supervision, research, and applied practice in the area of sport and performance psychology. He also provides individual counseling and consultation services; he is a licensed psychologist in the state of Indiana and is HSPP-endorsed. He is the Team Performance Psychologist for the Indiana Pacers (NBA) and the Indiana Fever (WNBA) and was the consulting sport psychologist for the Oklahoma City Thunder (2008-2011). He is the Consulting Sport Psychologist for the Purdue University Athletics Department (2001-2007; 2013 to Present) and was the Consulting Sport Psychologist for the Indiana University Athletic Department from 2005 to 2013. He was the USA Diving National Team Sport Psychologist from 2004-2008 and was in Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games as the USA Olympic Diving Team Sport Psychologist. He is an Ad Hoc Member and first psychologist on the NCAA Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sport Committee (CSMAS), a position he will serve until 2016; he was also an invited attendee at the first NCAA Mental Health Task Force Committee meeting held at the NCAA in November of 2013.

    Prior to joining St. Vincent, Dr. Carr was the Sport/Performance Psychologist at the Methodist Sports Medicine Center from 2000 to 2006. He was the Sport Psychologist for The Ohio State University Sports Medicine Center from 1995 to 2000, where his responsibilities included coordinating psychological services for the OSU Athletic Department; including counseling and sport psychology consultation with individuals, teams, coaches, and student-athlete support staff.

    Dr. Carr is the Past-President of Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology) of the American Psychological Association and served on the Executive Committee from 2007-09. He is on the United States Olympic Committee Registry of Sport Psychology Providers based at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He spent 6 years (1999-2005) as the Sport Psychologist for the Kansas City Royal Baseball Club. Dr. Carr also served for ten years (1992-2002) as the Sport Psychologist for the United States Men’s Alpine Ski Team based in Park City, Utah and was the team psychologist for the US Men's Alpine Olympic Ski Team during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    He was (2004-06) on the National Advisory Board for the Citizenship Through Sport Alliance (CTSA) “Report Card on Youth Sport”, which presented their nationwide “report card on youth sports” in November of 2005. Dr. Carr has written numerous book chapters in sports medicine and physical medicine in the area of sport and performance psychology. He has also published numerous articles in sports medicine textbooks, journals, and in magazines for USA Gymnastics (Technique) and USA Swimming (Splash).

    He was a Performance Psychology Consultant with the United States Navy and worked with the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida from 1997-2001. He was the Team Psychologist for the Columbus Crew (1995-2000); he has done consultation with other Olympic Sports Organizations, Major League Baseball, and the Championship Auto Racing Teams. Prior to coming to Ohio State in 1995, he was the Sport Psychologist for Counseling and Consultation at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona; he was also the Team Counselor for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. Before 1994, Dr. Carr was the Psychologist for Athletics at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, where he coordinated athletic counseling and sport psychology services for the athletic department.

    Dr. Carr has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a minor in Exercise Science/Sport Psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He spent one year as a Clinical Research Assistant in Sport Psychology at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he worked with elite-level athletes and coaches prior to the 1992 Olympic Games.

    A former collegiate football player and native of Muncie, Indiana, he received his B.A. in Psychology from Wabash College and his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University, where he was a graduate assistant football coach from 1983-84. He also studied off-campus at Oxford University in Oxford, England, and played club rugby during his stay. Dr. Carr lives in Westfield, Indiana with his wife Kelli and daughter Rachel, who will begin her collegiate gymnastics career at Central Michigan University in the Fall of 2013.

  • Kacey Oiness, PhD

    Dr. Kacey Oiness is a licensed sport and performance psychologist at St.Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis. Dr. Oiness consults with the Purdue University Athletic Department and works with individual athletes and teams of all ages and calibers – youth, high school, collegiate, Olympic and professional – at SVSP.

    She specializes in performance improvement and mental skills training; overcoming performance barriers such as fear, slumps and difficulty concentrating; counseling interventions for grief, anxiety, depression and disordered eating; and psychological assessment of disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities.

    Prior to joining SVSP in 2014, Dr. Oiness served as the assistant director of psychological resources for the University of Oklahoma Athletics Department, consulting with athletes, teams, coaches, team physicians and athletic trainers. She also served as the training director for pre-doctoral interns and provided supervision to the post-doctoral fellow.

    Dr. Oiness earned her doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Oklahoma Health Consortium with rotations in the Athletics Department and the University Counseling Center. She then completed her post-doctoral fellowship, working full time in the University of Oklahoma Athletics Department.

    Prior, she earned her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Colorado State University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Iowa State University, where she competed on the women’s gymnastics team. She continues to remain active through her passion for running and participating in half-marathons.