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Drs. Trent A. Petrie and Christy Greenleaf will be attending and presenting their research at the 25th annual AASP Conference being held September 20-24 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Greenleaf serves on the AASP executive committee and will be on hand as one of the organizers of the conference. She completes her tenure on the board this year. Dr. Petrie will present research findings from three different studies that examined the influences of the motivational climate, as created by peers, parents, and coaches, on the psychological well-being of adolescent athletes.
Dr. Carly Anderson, in conjunction with her husband, Dr. Justin Anderson, has been hired as the sport psychologists for the University of Minnesota Athletic Departments. Drs. Anderson, through their company Premier Sport Psychology, will provide the mental health services to UMN student athletes as well as offer performance excellence training to athletes, coaches, and teams.
Center faculty member Dr. Christy Greenleaf was interview by WFAA Channel 8 news in response to an incident involving a parent and an umpire at a recent youth baseball game. Dr. Greenleaf, an expert in children and sport, shared her insight on what occurred and why the punishment for the offender was needed. You can view the entire interview and read the transcript at http://www.wfaa.com/news/Coach--123943084.html
Center Director, Dr. Trent Petrie, was elected President of Division 47 (Sport and Exercise Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. His three-year term begins at this year's conference in August. Dr. Petrie has served previously on the Division 47 Executive Board as both the association's newsletter editor and then as the secretary/treasurer. He is excited about this opportunity rejoin the board and lend his energy and vision to the field.
Center staff members Troy Rieck and Justine Chatterton will provide leadership training for student athletes at Denton High School during June 2011. The six-hour workshop is designed to help athletes understand and assess their personal characteristics associated with leadership. In addition, the athletes will learn about key leadership roles and behaviors and be given opportunities to practice these behaviors so they can improve as leaders in and out of their performance domains.
UNT Center for Sport Psychology doctoral students Matt Atkins and Laura Dipasquale were awarded internships as part of the APPIC process. APPIC is the national organization that oversees the match process between internship sites and doctoral students in counseling, clinical, and school psychology. Matt will be a pre-doctoral intern at the counseling center at Colorado State University and Laura will be doing her internship at the counseling center at Appalachian State University. They both will begin their internships in August, 2011.
Center doctoral student Justine Chatterton, M.S., and faculty, Dr. Trent Petrie, had their research on male athletes and body image featured in an article recently published in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Supported by a grant from the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the study’s focus is to better extend the prevalence of body image and disordered eating among male athletes and identify the pressures they experience within the sport environment that may contribute to these body concerns. The Chronicle of Higher Education article may be viewed at:
Drs. Trent A. Petrie and Christy Greenleaf's book chapter entitled 'Male and Female Athletes With Eating Disorders,' appeared in the Routledge Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology (2011). In the chapter, they discuss the prevalence and identification of eating disorders among athletes, and the extent to which the sport environment may contribute to the problem. In addition, they present strategies for how coaches and other athletic personnel can work to reduce disordered eating behaviors in sports. The Handbook, which is part of the Routledge International Series, was edited by Drs.
In November, the UNT Center for Sport Psychology staff will renew its annual collaboration with the DISD middle schools.