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Raylene Ross, PhD, NCC, LPCA, LGPC, CHWC

Raylene Ross, PhD, NCC, LPCA, LGPC, CHWC

Raylene Ross, PhD, LPCA, LGPC, NCC, CHWC

Director of Sport Leadership and Mental Performance

Dr. Raylene Ross, a native of Brooklyn, NY, joined the South Carolina Athletics Department Mental Health and Performance team as the Director of Sport Leadership and Mental Performance in January 2022.

Dr. Ross earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology in 2000 from Swarthmore College, where she ran track. She completed a master’s degree in psychological services with an emphasis on athletic counseling from Springfield College in 2003, followed by a PhD in developmental foundations with cognates in sports psychology and counseling in 2010 from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Ross earned her master’s in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Louisiana-Monroe in 2021. She maintains the credentials of National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor-Association (LPCA-SC), Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC-MD), and Certified Health and Wellbeing Coach (CHWC).

Dr. Ross utilizes a client-centered approach emphasizing the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors while incorporating aspects of mindfulness – specifically acceptance, awareness, and commitment. Her clinical interests include working with student-athletes to address athletic/identity development, imposter syndrome, end of athletic career transition, performance anxiety, and general confidence and self-esteem issues.