Ari Miller, M.A.
Assistant Director, Student-Athlete Mental Health & Performance
Ari Miller joined the Johns Hopkins staff in August 2021 as the Assistant Director, Student-Athlete Mental Health and Performance. Miller is the first person to fill the newly-created position; he works directly with all 24 Blue Jay teams and more than 600 varsity athletes.
Since 2017, Miller has served as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Sport Psychology and Counseling at Vermont; he previously had spent two years working with the Catamount men’s basketball team as a sport/performance psychology consultant. In the second of those years, Vermont posted a perfect regular season record in the America East and won the conference tournament before falling to Purdue in the NCAA Tournament.
Among the key initiatives Miller spearheaded during his time at Vermont was the development of a department-wide mental health and sport/performance psychology program. The initiative, developed and implemented in collaboration with the department of athletics, student-athletes and the center for health & well-being, provided student-athletes with individual counseling sessions and training in mental and cognitive skills to reduce anxiety and enhance self-confidence. His work with members of the coaching staff was framed around the concept of developing best practices to merge mental health success and competitive athletics.
At Johns Hopkins, Miller will be embedded in athletics while officially a member of the Counseling Center, which operates under the University’s Division of Student Health and Well-Being.