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

The UNT Center for Sport Psychology is pleased to announce the addition of four new sport consultants to its 2010-2011 staff:  Nick Bartley (University of Denver), Katie Forrest (University of Texas), Troy Moles (Chatham University), and Joey Ramaeker (Boston College). All come to UNT with extensive backgrounds in sport and sport psychology and will be completing their doctorates in our APA-accredited counseling psychology program while working as a sport consultant in the Center.

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.

The UNT Center for Sport Psychology Director, Dr. Trent A. Petrie, received the UNT Graduate Student Council Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentorship. This award was presented to Dr. Petrie at the Fall 2009 Doctoral Hooding & Commencement Ceremony.  He was nominated by Dr. Carly Anderson. 

The UNT Center for Sport Psychology has been awarded a $30,000.00 grant from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) for their project entitled “Physical Fitness, Activity Levels, and Psychosocial Health: Relationships with and Influences on the Academic Performance of Middle School Students.” This three year grant, which runs from 2009 to 2011, will allow the Center to determine the extent to which certain factors, such as level of physical fitness or self-esteem, can predict the performance of middle school students on state-mandated achievement tests.

The Center for Sport Psychology has entered into a long-term partnership with the DISD to improve the physical health, psychological well-being, academic performance and eating behaviors of middle school boys and girls. The Center staff is collaborating with the physical education teachers at each middle school to assist them in implementing the state-mandated fitness testing using the FITNESSGRAM (as required by Senate Bill 530), and to help them create an environment that supports students being more physically active and fit.