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. Scott Martin, Christy Greenleaf, and Trent Petrie co-authored and/or co-presented their research at the annual conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, which was held in Providence, RI, October 26-30, 2010.  Dr. Petrie's former student, Dr. Carly Anderson, received her award for the 2009 Outstanding Dissertation at the conference.

In an article published in Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (2010, Vol 81 (3), S65-S74), the study examined the associations between self-esteem, depression, physical self-concept, and body satisfaction on meeting the FITNESSGRAM(r) healthy fitness zone (HFZ) for body composition and cardiorespiratory fitness of 1,022 adolescents.

The UNT Center for Sport Psychology has received a research grant from the National Collegiate Athletic Association for its project entitled " The Physical and Psychological Health of Male Collegiate Athletes." The grant project will be overseen by Center Director, Dr. Trent Petrie, and doctoral student, Justine Chatterton. The project will begin in September 2010 and run through November 2011.

The UNT Center for Sport Psychology faculty member, Dr. Scott B. Martin, was promoted to full professor within the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation in May, 2010.  Dr. Martin’s is a national expert in the areas of coaching effectiveness, perceptions of mental skills training, the lifestyle behaviors and beliefs of children and youth, and antecedents of physical activity and fitness.

Dr. Carly Anderson, a recent graduate from the UNT Department of Psychology and consultant in the Center for Sport Psychology, received awards from both the American Psychological Association, Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology) and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology for her research. Her project, entitled "Test of an Etiological Model: Development of Disordered Eating in Female Collegiate Gymnasts and Swimmers/Divers" was recognized as the outstanding dissertation of 2009 by both organizations. Dr.