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

October 3-6, 2018, Center faculty (Drs. Petrie and Force) and graduate students (Jenna Tomalski, Kristina Clevinger, Erin Albert, Matt Mikesell, Tess Palmateer, Dalton Mack, Kaleb Cusack, and James Rushton) attended the annual conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Drs. Trent A. Petrie and Erica Force gave a presentation to the THR Dallas Presbyterian Hospital Staff on Developing a Champion Team: The 7 C’s on September 27, 2018.  The presentation introduced hospital staff to the key characteristics of successful teams, including:  Commitment, Consistency, Collaboration, Centered, Controllables, Communication, and Compassion.

Kevin Love, Serena Williams, Michael Phelps, DeMar DeRozan…all elite level athletes, and all have discussed their mental health in the media.  As the World Health Organization (WHO; has marked October 10 as World Mental Health Day and focused us on the importance of attending to our mental health, we want to highlight the fact that even those individuals society holds up as paragons of health and wellness experience mental health c

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the agency responsible for the laws relevant to the Privacy Rule that is part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). An athlete’s mental health conditions and treatment are protected health information under HIPAA and not considered part of an athlete’s employment record. The stigma associated with mental health has historically been a barrier to many athletes openly discussing mental health concerns and seeking treatment.

October 20, 2017 - At the annual conference of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Center faculty, current doctoral students, and alumni had a reunion dinner to reconnect and make new connections among the many generations that were in attendance.  Pictured are (from left in front row):  Dr. Robert Harmison (James Madison University), Dr. Nick Beck (private practice, Pensacola FL), and Karolina Wartolowicz (third year doctoral student); (from left in the back row):  Carlie McGregor (third year doctoral student), Dr. Joey Raemaker (University of Notre Dame), Dr. Trent A. Petrie (UNT Center Director, Tess Palmateer (second year doctoral student), Andrew Walsh (first year doctoral student), Alan Chu (fifth year doctoral student), and Dr. Brian Yu (UC Davis).