The Washington Football Team is hoping to show that the organization will take the mental health of its players seriously.
On Tuesday, June 1, the franchise announced that it would be Dr. Barbara Roberts, who has previously served in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy as a Senior Policy Analyst and Coordinator for Health Policy, as a full-time Director of Wellness.
Dr. Roberts “brings an extensive history of experience with professional athletes and looks forward to this opportunity to enhance the NFL Total Wellness mission,” and will focus on the mental health of the team’s players.
“I look forward to this opportunity to enhance the NFL Total Wellness mission,” Dr. Roberts said in a statement.
“I will focus on the development of a foundation for mental wellness and its impact on overall health and performance. I am deeply appreciative to Dan and Tanya Snyder and Coach Rivera for this tremendous opportunity to further develop a culture of wellness.”
Dr. Roberts has B.A. and M.A. degrees in Psychology from Fisk University. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.