NCAA Grant

NCAA Grant

JoAnne Bullard Awarded NCAA Grant

The Rowan University School of Health Professions in conjunction with the Department of Athletics were awarded a grant from the NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program. The Principal Investigator for the grant is JoAnne Bullard, an instructor in the Department of Health & Exercise Science. Rowan was one of five schools that received the grant and the lone NCAA Division III institution that was selected.
The purpose of the grant is to enhance college student-athletes’ psychosocial well-being and mental health. The grant funds projects that will bring tangible benefits to college athletes.

"We are honored to be the only Division III recipient of the NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant," stated Bullard. "What this grant means is that we are now able to establish a model for enhancing student-athlete psychosocial well-being as well as preparing them for their transition out of college as they apply for graduate school and/or interview for jobs."

The PROF Academy will serve as a model for Division III institutions to assist student-athletes as they transition into the professional environment. The program will provide education on mental health and career development concepts such as mindfulness, stress management, anxiety, resume writing, interviewing skills, and networking. The academy will enhance interdisciplinary collaboration throughout the University to improve the psychosocial well-being and career preparedness of student-athletes.

"Being prepared for the transitional period after college was what was reported from the NCAA GOALS 2016 study, which is the foundation of our model," commented Bullard. "In addition, student-athletes will receive education regarding well-being techniques such as mindfulness, stress management and goal setting. The PROF Academy started last semester and student-athletes have shown great interest in being a part of this program to enhance their personal and professional development."