Jim Bauman Biography
Sports Psychologist Dr. Jim Bauman joined the Virginia athletics staff in 2011 as the department’s sports psychologist. Bauman came to Virginia after serving in the same capacity at the University of Washington since 2009.
As the sports psychologist at Washington, Bauman developed a full-service sport psychology program for 19 intercollegiate sports with approximately 700 student-athletes. The services he provided included clinical, counseling, academic, life circumstances and crisis intervention. He also developed and implemented individual and team athletic performance enhancement programs.
Bauman’s responsibilities at Virginia will include providing psychological counsel and support for student-athletes to enhance their participation and performance. In addition he will provide oversight of the sport psychology services provided within the athletics department that enhance the personal, academic and athletic success of student-athletes. He will work in collaboration with team coaches, sports medicine and athletics trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, and various internal and external constituencies.
Bauman was the senior sports psychologist at the United States Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., from 1999-2009, and the director of sports psychology services at Washington State University from 1994-1999. He has worked as a consultant with U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams, USA Swimming and with the Special Navy Warfare School (SEALs) at the Naval Health Research Center. He was also an instructor of doctoral level courses in sport psychology at San Diego University for Integrative Studies.
Bauman earned his bachelor’s degree in pre-physical therapy from Eastern Washington University, his master’s in education from Sul Ross State University (Texas) and his doctorate in counseling with an emphasis in sport and performance enhancement from Washington State University.