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

Dr. LaTisha Bader (’07) and Dr. Harlan Austin (’12) have developed a new and innovative treatment program for elite level athletes (and other performers) who are suffering from chemical addiction.  The program allows athletes to continue to train and maintain (and even enhance) their physical performance while obtaining the treatment they need to become (and remain) sober.  Read more at  

Kayla Carrigan, staff sport consultant, won the 2015 Master’s Thesis Research Award for Division 47 (Sport and Exercise Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.  She will present her thesis, entitled “To Weigh or Not to Weigh? Relation to Disordered Eating Attitudes and Behaviors Amongst Female Collegiate Athletes” at the 2015 APA conference that will be held this August in Toronto, Canada.  In addition to the presentation, she will receive a plaque and monetary award.

Alex Auerbach, staff sport consultant, attended the 2015 NFL combine in Indianapolis to assist Dr. Scott Goldman in conducting psychological assessments of the players for different teams.  The testing is designed to help teams better understand the motivation and psychological make-up of the players they are considering in the draft.

The UNT Center for Sport Psychology in collaboration with UNT Athletics will be hosting its 1st annual coaching workshop.  Partnering with Brendon Bray, head coach of UNT Swimming, the workshop will focus on swimming coaches to introduce them to mental and technical training for optimal performance.  The workshop will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at the Business Leadership Building and Pohl Recreation Center on the UNT campus.