Dr. LaKeitha Poole is in her sixth season as LSU’s Director of Student-Athlete Mental Health in 2021-22. She served as the Interim Senior Advisor to the Athletics Director for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion from March 2020 – July 2021. In this role, she worked to implement various initiatives including a climate survey, hiring practices, diversity supplier policies, supporting racial equity, and assessing communication and developing educational programming for student-athletes, coaches and staff.
Poole played numerous roles on campus before moving over to the Athletics Department in 2016. She spent six years in LSU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, serving as an Assistant Director and as the Coordinator of the LSU African American Cultural Center. As the Assistant Director, she was responsible for creating and managing the mental health services of the department.
In addition to her roles at LSU, Poole serves as an adjunct instructor in the College of Human Sciences and Education, was a board member for the Baranco-Clark YMCA in Old South Baton Rouge, and owns a private practice, Small Talk Counseling & Consulting. Her private practice allows her to have a broad range of clinical experiences ranging from athletes to working professionals, couples and families, and professional teams and clubs, including the NBA, NFL, and Team USA.
A 2009 graduate of Florida State, Poole was honored as a 2018 Notable ‘Nole, an award that recognizes FSU alumni ages 35 or younger for their significant contributions to their professions, communities or alma mater.
She earned her master’s degree in Community Counseling/Clinical Mental Health from LSU and her doctoral degree in Counselor Education & Supervision from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va.