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

Research by Drs. Trent A. Petrie, Scott Martin, and Christy Greenleaf was cited Science Daily ( They studied the influence of physical fitness on middle school boys’ and girls’ performance on state reading and math test scores.

Harlan Austin, M.A., Center for Sport Psychology Staff member, has received a predoctoral internship placement with the Jefferson Center for Mental Health for the 2012-2013 year.  He will be providing psychological services to the clients of the Center, ranging from assessment to individual, couple, and family therapy.

The Center’s staff is working with MJP to provide mental skills training to the athletes who are preparing for the 2012 NFL combine that will take place in Indianapolis, at Lucas Oil Stadium, February 22-28.  Combine training is an extensive six-week regimen in which the athletes prepare themselves to excel in all aspects of the combine, including the 40-yard run, the bench press, the Wonderlic, interviews with teams, and their physical examinations.  Athletes in training for the combine work with experts in the areas of nutrition, vision, exercise physiology, physical training, a