Sport Psychology /CSDC Athletic Liaison

















Wendy Borlabi,



Years at JMU: 4

Office Hours:

Varner House

Mon 8am-5pm

Wed 8am-5pm

Fri 8am-12noon

Godwin 116

Tues 8am-5pm

Thurs 8am-5pm

Fri 12noon-5pm

*evening times available as well



568-6552 (Varner)

568-7347 (Godwin)



     Dr. Wendy Borlabi is entering her fifth year at JMU and her fourth year as the liaison between athletics and the Counseling and Student Development Center (CSDC) as a Sport Psychologist.


     Dr. Borlabi is originally from Accra, Ghana; however, she was raised in Midwest City, Oklahoma (a suburb of Oklahoma City). She received a B.S. in Psychology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, a M.S. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Psychology from Georgia Southern University, and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Sport Psychology and Exercise Psychology at Argosy University/Phoenix.


     Currently, Dr. Borlabi splits her time between athletics and the CSDC with half a week in each department. At the CSDC, she provides individual therapy, group therapy, supervision, emergency walk-in services, and on-call services. In athletics, her services are open to athletes, coaches, and athletic personnel in which she offers:


                    · Individual psychological counseling

                    · Individual and team performance enhancement consulting

                    · Team psycho-education

                    · Psycho-education for athletic department personnel

                    · Consulting with Sports Medicine department

                    · Consulting with Athletic Directors

                    · Member of Athletic Department’s Crisis Intervention Program

             for student athletes

                    · Co-author of monthly performance enhancement bulletin

                    · Overseeing Sport Psychology Resource Center

                    · Coordinating National Girls and Women in Sports Day


     Personally, I love watching all sports and being physically active. I am a huge Pittsburgh Steelers, University of Oklahoma, and North Carolina University fan. However, JMU is always #1...GO DUKES!!


Philosophy Regarding Mental Training for Athletes


     Sport psychology is my primary interest area and specialization. I am particularly interested in facilitating performance enhancement among athletes in every sport arena. Being an athlete, I have always been aware of the mental and physical connection in high levels of performance. In addition, I work on the clinical side of sport. Sport psychology facilitates an athlete’s ability to strengthen their mental game, which allows them to strengthen their physical game. JMU is one of a few universities that offer performance enhancement consultation and clinical sport psychology to its student-athletes. In working with athletes and non-athletes, my primary theoretical orientation is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), but I also utilize other theories (e.g., client centered and solution focused).