Professionals.

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 the St Vincent Sports Performance Center 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. This unique program will address "elite" performance issues in areas such as sports/athletics, performing arts, high performance occupations (e.g. police/fire), business performance, and positive psychology applications. He also provides individual counseling and consultation services; he is a licensed psychologist in the state of Indiana and is HSPP-endorsed. He is currently the consulting sport psychologist for the Indiana University Athletic Department and also coordinates psychological services for the Purdue University Athletic Department. He is currently the consulting sport psychologist for the Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) and was recently the USA Diving National Team Sport Psychologist. He was in Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games as the USA Olympic Diving Team Sport Psychologist.

    He is also the Team Sport Psychologist for the Indiana Fever (WNBA) since 2002. Prior to joining St. Vincent, Dr. Carr was the Sport/Performance Psychologist at the Methodist Sports Medicine Center, and had been (1995-2000) the Sport Psychologist for The Ohio State University Sports Medicine Center, 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 serves on the Executive Committee. He is also 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 authored both academic articles and articles for both USA Swimming and USA Gymnastics.

    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.

    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. 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.

    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.
     
  • Adam Shunk, PhD, HSPP, NCSP

    Dr. Adam Shunk is a licensed sports psychologist and neuropsychologist at St. Vincent Sports Performance Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Shunk specializes in both the areas of neuropsychological assessment and sport and performance psychology. In his role as a neuropsychologist, Dr. Shunk provides conducts evaluations and directs interventions to assist competitive athletes in both the academic setting and the application of mental skills in the sports arena. Adam is also involved in the assessment and management of sports-related concussion, diagnosis of learning disabilities, ADHD and other neurological conditions.

    In his role as a sports psychologist, Dr. Shunk is trained in the applied practice of sport and performance psychology where he works with "elite" performance issues in areas such as sports/athletics, performing arts, high performance occupations (e.g. police/fire), business performance, and positive psychology applications. Adam also provides individual counseling and consultation services; he is a licensed psychologist in the state of Indiana and is HSPP-endorsed. Dr. Shunk is currently the consulting Sports Psychologist for Purdue University Athletic Department.

    Dr. Shunk attained his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before earning his Masters and Doctorate degrees at Ball State University. Adam completed an internship and 2-year post-doctorate training at St Vincent Hospital and Indiana Neuroscience Institute where he split his time training in neuropsychology and sport and performance psychology.

    Adam is also a competitive high jumper who has won both a NCAA and USA championship title. As a high jumper, he competed professionally for NIKE and represented team USA at several international competitions which included the IAAF World Championship, NACAC championships and the Pan-American Games. Adam is a native of Muncie, Indiana and currently lives in Fishers, Indiana with his wife Patricia.