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Jessica Dale Bartley

Clinical Assistant Professor

Professional Biography

Dr. Jessica Bartley is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Sport and Performance Psychology program in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology and the Director of the Center for Performance Excellence (CPEX) at the University of Denver. Jessica is a licensed psychologist (CO #4018) as well as a licensed clinical social worker (CO #9923251) in the State of Colorado. She is also a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and is listed in the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Sport Psychology Registry. Jessica is currently involved in several professional organizations including the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP), the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Collegiate Clinical/Counseling Sport Psychology Association (CCSPA). She was elected to the Executive Committee for the Society of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (Division 47 – APA) after serving as the Membership Committee Chair and has recently transitioned into the role of Continuing Education Coordinator. Jessica is also serving on the Conference Planning Committee and the Nominations and Leadership Development Committee with AASP. Her areas of expertise include mental health with athletes – specifically depression, anxiety, eating disorders and body image, substance use, performance anxiety, motivation, and sport transition/retirement after sport. Jessica works primarily with teams and athletes in the high school and collegiate settings as well as Olympic and professional teams and athletes. She has been presenting her applied work at various national and international conferences in sport and clinical psychology.

Jessica earned a B.A. in government and sociology as well as an M.S. in Social Work from the University of Texas. She went on to complete an M.A. in Sport and Performance Psychology as well as a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in sport and performance psychology and behavioral therapy at the University of Denver. She completed a pre-doctoral psychology internship in Counseling and Consultation Service with an external rotation in the Student-Athlete Support Services Office at The Ohio State University. Her work at the University of Denver and The Ohio State University resulted in the Student-Practitioner Award from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. After graduation, Jessica returned to Colorado to complete a post-doctoral fellowship at the Eating Disorder Center of Denver where she worked with colleagues to develop a treatment program for athletes with eating disorders. She transitioned back to working on college campuses with a position in Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill before she returned to Colorado to work at her alma mater as a behavioral health consultant and staff psychologist at the University of Denver. Recently, she was awarded the inaugural Early Career Practitioner Award from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and the • Early Career Professional Award from the American Psychological Association, Division 47 (Society for Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology).


  • PsyD, Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, 2012
  • MA, Sport and Performance Psychology, University of Denver, 2008
  • MSW, Clinical Social Work, University of Texas, 2007
  • BA, Government, Sociology, University of Texas, 2005

Licensure / Accreditations

  • USOPC Mental Health Registry Member
  • Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT)
  • Temporary Authorization to Practice (TAP)
  • USOPC Sport Psychology Registry Member
  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Certified Mental Performance Consultant

Professional Affiliations

  • International Society for Sport Psychology
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology
  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology (APA Division 47)
  • Clinical/Counseling Sport Psychology Association

Featured Publications


  • 359 degrees of freedom: A discussion on the experience and application of acceptance as a performance psychology intervention.
  • Deep shades of gray: Everyday ethics
  • The battle for balance: Business and babies.
  • Ethical issues providing sport and performance psychology services with Olympic athletes on the road
  • Developing a personal meditation practice that enhances your mindfulness teaching practices for clients


  • Early Career Practitioner Award, Association for Applied Sport Psychology
  • Early Career Professional Award, American Psychological Association, Division 47 - The Society for Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology