Masters Theses/Capstone Projects

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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Allied Health, Health Care Administration (MSAH)

First Committee Member

Dr. Paul Longenecker RN, MBA, PhD


Dr. Paul Longenecker RN, MBA, PhD

Second Committee Member

Danielle Kilboy MSAH, MS, ATC, LAT

Third Committee Member

Dr. Kathleen Ryan PhD


Athletics, Counseling, Mental Health, Athletes, Wellness, Otterbein University

Subject Categories

Counseling | Education | Higher Education | Psychology


The purpose of this practicum was to help bridge the gap between Otterbein’s athletic population and mental health services. Previous research has discussed the potential barriers to student athletes seeking mental health assistance from their institution, including by not limited to lack of time, stigma, education, and negative past experiences. A barrier for receiving care for DIII athletes, specifically, is access. It has been noted that, due to limited resources, Otterbein does not have a mental health professional designated specifically to its athletes. There are, however, a variety of resources both on and around campus that can increase the mental health and well-being of the student athlete population. The surveys utilized in this capstone presentation help to identify which mental health topics these athletes consider important, and which resources can be utilized to assist them in their endeavors on and off the field.

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Copyright, all rights reserved. Fair Use



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