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Jim Doorley, M. A.

Jim is a sport psychology extern at the MDC and is currently a 5th year student in George Mason University’s clinical psychology PhD program. Before coming to work with MDC, he was a graduate sport psychology consultant for the men’s basketball team at GMU. Throughout his 4th year, Jim worked as a psychology extern at the Inova Sports Medicine Concussion Program where he treated athletes with concussions and provided individual psychotherapy and mental skills training. He worked at Pediatric Specialists of Virginia (PSV) where he provided psychotherapy to children and adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes and other endocrine disorders. He also worked at the Inova Behavioral Health Outpatient Center where he provided psychotherapy to adults with a range of psychological disorders. Throughout Jim’s time at GMU, he has received extensive training in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for individuals and groups as well as specialized training in dialectical behavior therapy. In his work with athletes, Jim is interested in integrating traditional, cognitive-behavioral mental skills training approaches with mindfulness and acceptance-based techniques. Clinically, Jim is also interested in integrating CBT and acceptance and commitment therapy in treating anxiety disorders. In 2017, Jim was awarded an NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant to study the longitudinal effects of athlete coping behaviors on performance, well-being, and mental skills use among Division 1 athletes.
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