Date of Graduation

Spring 5-16-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)


School of Nursing and Health Professions




Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

First Advisor

David A. Martinez, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

William J. Bosl, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Brent Richard Ferm, Ph.D.


On college campus across the nation, student-athletes represents a unique group among the student population. Black male student-athletes are an overrepresented group among the student-athlete population, representing more than a quarter of all student-athletes. Previous research has explored the impact of athletic identity on student-athletes, as well as the academic success of Black male student-athletes. Due to the high number of Black males participating in intercollegiate athletics and the lack of research related to their mental health experiences, the goal of this study was to examine the impact of athletic identity on the experiences of Black male student-athletes and the mental health implications that came as a result of those experiences. Six Black male former student-athletes were interviewed and revealed major themes and experiences related to athletic identity, on-campus experiences, and mental health. The interviews provided information that could prove useful in developing techniques and programs that could assist this population during and after their college careers.