Dr. Jim Bauman joined the Virginia athletics staff in 2011 as the department's full-time sport 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 and initiated its first full-service sport psychology program for 19 intercollegiate sports with approximately 600 student-athletes. The psychological services that he provided to student-athletes included clinical, counseling, life circumstances and crisis interventions. He also developed and implemented performance enhancing programs for individual athletes and teams.
Bauman's responsibilities at Virginia include providing psychological counsel and support for student-athletes to enhance and maximize their talents in fully participating and performing at the highest levels in academic, athletic, personal, and interpersonal domains. In addition, he will provide direction and oversight of the sport psychology services provided within the athletic department. He works in collaboration with team coaches, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, academics, nutrition, as well as other departmental and campus constituencies.
Prior to Virginia and Washington, Bauman was the Senior Sport Psychologist at the United States Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. (1999-2009). There, he provided psychological and performance enhancement work for both summer and winter Olympic athletes at five Olympic Games, multiple World Championships, World Cups, World University Games, and Pan American Games. During that time frame he also consulted with the Navy Special Warfare Center (SEALs) and the Naval Health Research Center.
He continues to serve as the Sport Psychology consultant to USA Swimming at training camps, World Championships and the Olympic Games. Prior to his tenure with the US Olympic Committee, he was the full-time sport psychologist at Washington State University (1994-1999) with responsibilities similar to that noted for the University of Washington.
Bauman earned his bachelor's degree in pre-physical therapy at Eastern Washington University, his master's in education from Sul Ross University (Texas), and his doctorate in psychology from Washington State University. He is a licensed psychologist in Washington, California and Virginia.