BOONE, N.C. – With a commitment to the mental health of all student-athletes, Jacob Cooper has been named Appalachian State’s Coordinator of Student-Athlete Services and Staff Psychologist.
Jon Mitchell, App State’s Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being, announced the hiring Monday.
“We want to welcome Jacob to Appalachian State,” Mitchell said. “Mental health is an area in which we continue to strive to provide the best services to allow our student-athletes to compete at the highest level. Jacob will strengthen our department’s commitment to put the health and well-being of our student-athletes first as we continue to identify areas that will enhance their experience.”
Cooper brings an extensive background in mental health, working in numerous different areas. As a doctoral student at Boston, he completed clinical practicums within a variety of settings, including university counseling centers, the Federal Bureau of Prisons system (BOP) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Additionally, he worked with the Boston University Sport Medicine Department as a sport and performance consultant for their student-athletes and teams and recently completed an internship with the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville.
He also recently obtained his Doctorate of Philosophy in counseling psychology with a specialization in sport and performance psychology from Boston.
Cooper developed a passion for facilitating and researching the use of sport as a vehicle to foster positive development in youth around the world. He helped conduct and research grant-funded sport for development programs in the countries of Ecuador (2010) and Jordan (2013) and assisted Dr. John McCarthy with research and the day-to-day operation of the GET READY program, which is a physical activity-based intervention that aims to build social responsibility in youth at Boston English High School.
Cooper obtained his Master of Arts degree in counseling from Ball State in 2014. He graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Ind., in 2011 with a degree in psychology.