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

Center staff members Troy Rieck and Justine Chatterton will provide leadership training for student athletes at Denton High School during June 2011.  The six-hour workshop is designed to help athletes understand and assess their personal characteristics associated with leadership.  In addition, the athletes will learn about key leadership roles and behaviors and be given opportunities to practice these behaviors so they can improve as leaders in and out of their performance domains.

UNT Center for Sport Psychology doctoral students Matt Atkins and Laura Dipasquale were awarded internships as part of the APPIC process. APPIC is the national organization that oversees the match process between internship sites and doctoral students in counseling, clinical, and school psychology. Matt will be a pre-doctoral intern at the counseling center at Colorado State University and Laura will be doing her internship at the counseling center at Appalachian State University. They both will begin their internships in August, 2011.

Center doctoral student Justine Chatterton, M.S., and faculty, Dr. Trent Petrie, had their research on male athletes and body image featured in an article recently published in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  Supported by a grant from the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the study’s focus is to better extend the prevalence of body image and disordered eating among male athletes and identify the pressures they experience within the sport environment that may contribute to these body concerns.  The Chronicle of Higher Education article may be viewed at:

Drs. Trent A. Petrie and Christy Greenleaf's book chapter entitled 'Male and Female Athletes With Eating Disorders,' appeared in the Routledge Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology (2011).  In the chapter, they discuss the prevalence and identification of eating disorders among athletes, and the extent to which the sport environment may contribute to the problem. In addition, they present strategies for how coaches and other athletic personnel can work to reduce disordered eating behaviors in sports. The Handbook, which is part of the Routledge International Series, was edited by Drs.

In November, the UNT Center for Sport Psychology staff will renew its annual collaboration with the DISD middle schools.