Lūsus is a Latin word meaning “game” or “sport”. Lūsus is on the web to provide preeminent content on the subject of sports, especially as it relates to sport psychology. Our collection of blog posts and podcasts by our team of contributors serves to help advance the fields of sport psychology and of psychology itself.
Lūsus is created and managed by Dr. Javan Jean-Noel, a clinical and sport psychologist who has been working in both the mental health and performance enhancement fields since 2016. In addition to sport and performance psychology, his clinical interests include sleep, eating and body image concerns, romantic relationships and sexuality, social anxiety, and emerging adulthood.
Dr. Jean-Noel’s approach to working with clients is a collaborative one. He seeks to build and continually nurture a connection with his clients as they work together to identify sources of both strength and challenge for the client, as well as potential solutions and areas of growth. He also understands how beneficial it can be to “come up for air” during therapy by utilizing appropriate pacing, humor, and celebration of successes. Above all, Dr. Jean-Noel makes it an imperative that the client’s feeling of safety and control are not to be compromised for the sake of session goals.
Dr. Jean-Noel has been trained in multiple settings, ranging from brief therapy to ongoing, long-term therapy, and dealing with a multitude of presenting concerns. His training emphasized the importance of considering the entirety of a person when working with a client, and of seeking to understand how each person’s various intersecting identities manifest.
Dr. Jean-Noel is a licensed psychologist in Texas and California. He is also a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. This certification is evidence of Dr. Jean-Noel’s formalized training in providing performance enhancement services as there are fewer than 700 registered CMPCs in North America. CMPCs around the world are employed in the arenas of sport, exercise, the performing arts, military and first responders, and business. Dr. Jean-Noel earned this elite certification in settings ranging from youth sports to Division I athletics, and in both team sports and individual sports. He has also previously worked as a teaching assistant for undergraduate and graduate students. He has presented at American Psychological Association (APA) and AASP conferences. Javan participated in youth and high school sports and remains active today through recreational sport and other forms of exercise.