Jorge Ballesteros was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. He is a rising fourth-year student pursuing his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University. Before attending ASU, Jorge earned his M.A. in Counseling and M.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport & Exercise Psychology from Ball State University. Jorge is currently serving as an AASP student delegate. As a delegate, he heads the Social Justice Initiative and is part of the AASP Diversity Committee. He has been an AASP student member for over three years.
He is currently working with athletes at ASU as a mental skills coach/clinician. He has previous experience in working with college-aged students, as he completed a master’s level internship at Ball State University’s Counseling Center. His research interests are in athletic and student identity among racially diverse collegiate athletes, as well as mental health-seeking behaviors among athletes. He wishes to continue working with athletes at the collegiate level helping athletic teams build team cohesion and foster a positive culture. When Jorge is not in class, teaching, or working with clients, he enjoys playing and watching sports. In the past few years, he has fallen in love with playing ultimate frisbee but cannot get away from joining fantasy football and enjoying football Sundays in the fall. He hopes to pursue a career as a sport psychologist on a college campus or become a faculty member in a counseling program.