Message from the Director

Dr. Trent PetrieWelcome to the UNT Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence website. I appreciate you taking this opportunity to learn more about our Center and the work we do at the university and in the community. The Center for Sport Psychology is a national leader in (a) providing services to athletes, coaches and teams, (b) educating future sport psychologists as well as current coaches and sport administrators, (c) conducting research with exercisers and sport participants, and (d) working with the community, such as youth sport programs, to make sport a more enjoyable and meaningful experience. Simply put, our mission is to help you reach your performance goals, whatever they may be, and find passion in what you do.

I encourage you to take some time to become familiar with our services and the resources that are available to you in our website. You can learn more about (a) the sport psychology services that we can provide to athletes, coaches, teams, and other performers, (b) the sport psychology educational opportunities that are available through UNT, (c) our ongoing sport psychology research projects at the university and in the community, and (d) the sport psychology resources that we have developed for athletes, coaches, teams, and parents, and made available to you in this site. If you have any questions about our work, please feel free to contact us via email ( or phone 940-369-SPORT (7767). 

Center News

Drs. Arian Machin and Carly Anderson, recent graduates from UNT's Counseling Psychology program (with a specialization in sport psychology), achieved the status of Certified Sport Consultant at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) at the annual conference being held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Certification demonstrates that Drs.

Drs. Trent A. Petrie and Christy Greenleaf will be attending and presenting their research at the 25th annual AASP Conference being held September 20-24 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Greenleaf serves on the AASP executive committee and will be on hand as one of the organizers of the conference. She completes her tenure on the board this year. Dr. Petrie will present research findings from three different studies that examined the influences of the motivational climate, as created by peers, parents, and coaches, on the psychological well-being of adolescent athletes.

Dr. Carly Anderson, in conjunction with her husband, Dr. Justin Anderson, has been hired as the sport psychologists for the University of Minnesota Athletic Departments. Drs. Anderson, through their company Premier Sport Psychology, will provide the mental health services to UMN student athletes as well as offer performance excellence training to athletes, coaches, and teams.

Center faculty member Dr. Christy Greenleaf was interview by WFAA Channel 8 news in response to an incident involving a parent and an umpire at a recent youth baseball game. Dr. Greenleaf, an expert in children and sport, shared her insight on what occurred and why the punishment for the offender was needed. You can view the entire interview and read the transcript at

Center Director, Dr. Trent Petrie, was elected President of Division 47 (Sport and Exercise Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. His three-year term begins at this year's conference in August. Dr. Petrie has served previously on the Division 47 Executive Board as both the association's newsletter editor and then as the secretary/treasurer. He is excited about this opportunity rejoin the board and lend his energy and vision to the field.