Director of Mason’s Center for Psychological Services Receives Funding to Support Veterans and Athletes

Director of Mason’s Center for Psychological Services Receives Funding to Support Veterans and Athletes

Dr. Robyn Mehlenbeck, director of Mason’s Center for Psychological Services and a clinical professor of psychology at George Mason University, received $60,000 from Dominion Energy to fund a project titled “Helping Veterans through Evidence-Based Assessment Services.” In partnership with the Virginia Department of Veteran Services (DVS), Mason’s Center for Psychological Services will use the funds to evaluate 35 to 40 veterans over the next year who may be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. DVS will use these evaluations to help veterans apply for benefits or appeal benefit decisions. Evaluations will be conducted by advanced, post-master’s level doctoral students from Mason under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist.

We are very appreciative of Dominion Energy’s commitment to veterans, and look forward to expanding our partnership with the VA Department of Veteran Services through this support,” Dr. Mehlenbeck said. “It is a win-win for our veterans, for our graduate students and for the community.  Our veterans receive exemplary, closely supervised evaluations, as well as recommendations for treatment, all while helping train the next generation of behavioral health providers.  This level of evaluation would not be financially feasible in the general community. 

Dr. Mehlenbeck also received funding for “GMU Athletics-FoMB,” a project that will provide training in performance enhancement skills and support for Mason’s men’s basketball team.


“We hope our new partnership with the Mason Patriots Men’s Basketball team will help them exceed their goals this year,” said Dr. Mehlenbeck. “Many professional and college teams now utilize sport psychologists.  This partnership will bring the best of performance enhancement skills as well as additional support to our program.  Another win-win.”

Dr. Mehlenbeck will supervise this work over the next year, until the project’s completion in May 2019. This award is supported by the Athletic Foundation.

Both awards are administered through the George Mason University Foundation.