Dr. Hayley Hughes is a counseling and sport psychologist at Carolina Strategies, as well as in the Sports Medicine Department of UNC-Chapel Hill. She received a BA in Psychology from Cornell University in 2011, where she was also a Division I ice Hockey player. She also received a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University in 2017, where she honed her research and clinical interest working with athletes. She completed multiple clinical practicums with athletes at Indiana State University and Purdue University, and completed her Predoctoral Internship at the University of Oklahoma providing psychological services in the athletics department.
In Dr. Hughes’ current roles, she provides sport psychology and mental health services to athletes and teams, and also conducts psychoeducational outreach programming to athletic communities in the surrounding area (e.g., NCFC, Carolina Junior Hurricanes). Dr. Hughes works with athletes competing at various levels (e.g., youth league, collegiate, professional) from adolescent to adulthood, who experience a wide variety of sport performance and mental health issues. Her research interests include topics such as perfectionism, athlete identity, and meaning in life.
Dr. Hughes is originally from Stouffville, Ontario (just north of Toronto) in Canada. She has a 10 year old pup named Marilyn, enjoys reading psychological thrillers, and attempts to keep active after semi-hanging up her skates post college.