Jimmy Bruce

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Jimmy Bruce, PhD, LP

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Jimmy is from Chicago, and he is passionate about making a difference.

Since joining CAPS in July 2018, he has served the university and the East Lansing/Lansing communities in a number of social justice capacities. He currently chairs the Black Faculty Staff and Administrators Association's Nominating Committee, on which he has served since 2020.

As an identified leader within the Black campus community, he received the 2018-2019 Black Student Alliance's Social Program of the Year Award. As an MSU Transitions stakeholder in 2020, he contributed to a whitepaper report to the provost on first-year students’ experiences with transitioning to MSU. Also in 2020, he participated in a roundtable discussion with U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin on police reform. Representative Slotkin shared information from the roundtable with the House Judiciary Committee during the formation of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

In areas of wellness, Jimmy currently serves in leadership roles within an international sport psychology organization. Previously, he was involved with a national athletic governing body focused on preparing U.S. Track & Field athletes for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Jimmy is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and a former elite, Division I intercollegiate track sprinter. He also formerly held a school record at the University of Virginia in the 400-meter dash.


  • University of Virginia, B.A., Psychology, 1980
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 1990

Professional Interests Include:

  • Clinical Sport Psychology
  • Trauma and African-American male student-athletes
  • Mindfulness-based sport-performance enhancement
  • Coaching and athlete development
  • Positive youth development
  • Ethnic-racial socialization
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Violence Prevention
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Systemic Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Clinical supervision