Jessica Bartley

Clinical Assistant Professor

Professional Biography

Dr. Jess (Dale) Bartley is a clinical assistant professor in the Sport and Performance Psychology program in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. Jess is a licensed psychologist (CO #4018) as well as a licensed clinical social worker (CO #9923251) in the State of Colorado. She is also a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and is listed in the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Sport Psychology Registry. Jess is currently involved in several professional organizations including the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP), the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and the American Psychological Association (APA). She was elected to the Executive Committee for the Society of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (Division 47 – APA) after serving as the Membership Committee Chair. Jess is also serving on the Conference Planning Committee and the Nominations and Leadership Development Committee with AASP. Her areas of expertise include mental health with athletes – specifically depression, anxiety, eating disorders and body image, substance use, performance anxiety, motivation, and sport transition/retirement after sport. Jess works primarily with teams and athletes in the high school and collegiate settings as well as Olympic teams and athletes. She has been presenting her applied work at various national and international conferences in sport and clinical psychology.

Jess earned a B.A. in government and sociology as well as an M.S. in Social Work from the University of Texas. She went on to complete an M.A. in Sport and Performance Psychology as well as a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in sport and performance psychology and behavioral therapy at the University of Denver. She completed a pre-doctoral psychology internship in Counseling and Consultation Service with an external rotation in the Student-Athlete Support Services Office at The Ohio State University. Her work at the University of Denver and The Ohio State University resulted in the Student-Practitioner Award from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. After graduation, Jess returned to Colorado to complete a post-doctoral fellowship at the Eating Disorder Center of Denver where she worked with colleagues to develop a treatment program for athletes with eating disorders. She transitioned back to working on college campuses with a position in Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill before she returned to Colorado to work at her alma mater as a behavioral health consultant and staff psychologist at the University of Denver. Currently, Jess is working with several teams and athletes through the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) as well as Professional Bull Riding.


  • PsyD, Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, 2012
  • MA, Sport and Performance Psychology, University of Denver, 2008
  • MSW, Clinical Social Work, University of Texas, 2007
  • BA, Government, Sociology, University of Texas, 2005

Licensure / Accreditations

  • USOC Registry Member
  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Certified Mental Performance Consultant