CENTER DIRECTOR AND STAFF PRESENT RESEARCH AT THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION CONVENTION
Dr. Trent Petrie and Center Staff Kayla Carrigan and Dr. Justine Chatterton presented their research on the intersection of sport and disordered eating. Dr. Petrie and Ms. Carrigan presented a study on the relation of female athletes’ self-weighing behaviors to their body image concerns, dietary intent, negative affect and bulimic symptomatology. Overall, the athletes who weighed themselves 3 or more times per week showed the most distress on all the measures. Ms. Carrigan won the APA Division 47 Master’s Thesis Award for this study. Drs. Petrie and Chatterton presented their research on the weighing behaviors of male collegiate athletes. They found that only 18.3% of the athletes underwent mandatory team weigh-ins, though most of these weigh-ins were done in a public setting (e.g., in front of teammates). Over 75% of the athletes were trying to either be more muscular or be a combination of lean and muscular.
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Graduate Education in Sport Psychology at UNT
At UNT, there are two educational options for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in sport psychology. First, within the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation, students can pursue a master’s degree in Kinesiology that emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of sport. To learn more about this degree option, click here.
Second, students can pursue a doctorate within the Psychology Department’s APA-accredited counseling psychology program and then select sport psychology as their specialization. Students who graduate from the doctoral program will be eligible for licensure as a psychologist and certification as a sport consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. To learn more about this degree option, click here.