Meet our Sport Psychology Consultants

The UNT Center for Sport Psychology consultants are doctoral and master’s students from the Departments of Psychology and KHPR, respectively, who are pursuing their specializations in sport psychology. The consultants provide services to individual athletes, coaches, and sport teams within the UNT Athletic Department and to members of the DFW sport community. Their work is supervised by the Center’s faculty.

Consultants 2017-2018

Name: Erin Albert
Degree: Bachelor of Science with Honors in Psychology from Tulane University; Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Tulane University
Sport Experience: Collegiate Club Soccer; Intramural Football, Basketball, and Soccer; High School Swimming, Water Polo, and Soccer
Research Interests: Mental Skills Training, Performance Enhancement, Coaching Styles, Coach-Athlete Relationships, and Athletic Injury and Rehabilitation

Name: Stephanie Barrett
Degree: Master of Science in Kinesiology, Concentratin in Sport and Exercise Psychology from University of North Carolina - Greeensboro; Bachelor of Science in Applied Exercise Science from Springfield College
Sport Experience: Collegiate Softball, High School Volleyball and Swimming, Youth Softball Coach, Recreational Distance Running and Skiing
Research Interests: Disordered Eating and Body Image Among Athletes, Performance Enhancement, Psychological and Physiological Benefits of Music Listening During Exercise

Name: Kait Carmichael 
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Minor in Psychology from Georgia Southern University
Sport Experience: Competitive Swimming, Swim Coach and Instructor, Recreational Distance Runner & Cyclist
Research Interests: Sleep and Exercise; Neurocognitive Function; Exercise-Induced Fatigue; Coping with Anxiety 

Name: Tsz Lun (Alan) Chu
Degree: Master of Education in Counseling Psychology, specialization in Career and Sport Psychology from the University of Missouri; Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology from the City University of Hong Kong
Sport Experience: Table Tennis Coach, Tennis Instructor; Collegiate Table Tennis, High School Basketball, Soccer, Track, and Badminton, Recreational Running and Triathlon
Research Interests: Motivation in Sports, Exercise, and Physical Education; Coach, Parent, and Peer Support in Youth Sports; Team Cohesion; Physical and Mental Health Outcomes in Sport Participation

Name: Kristina Clevinger
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech
Sport Experience: Competitive Gymnastics, Collegiate Club Gymnastics, High School Field Hockey and Lacrosse, Gymnastics Coaching, Strength and Flexibility Coaching
Research Interests: Athletic Injury and Rehabilitation, Coach-Athlete Relationships, Disordered Eating in Female Athletes

Name: Kaleb Cusack
Degree: Master of Arts in Psychological Sciences from James Madison University; Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Minor in Coaching Science from Oklahoma State University
Sport Experience: Collegiate football; High school football, basketball, track and field
Research Interests:  Mental Skills Training, Motivation, Athletic Injury and Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Adherence

Name: Randi Jackson
Degree: Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Robert Morris University; Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Concentration in Sport and Performance from Robert Morris University
Sport Experience: Collegiate and High School Basketball, High School Track & Field, Competitive Soccer, Basketball Coach
Research Interests:  Performance Enhancement, Athletic Identity, Coach-Athlete Relationships, Transition out of Sport

Name: Malia Johnson
Degree: Bachelor of General Studies in Psychology, Minor in Business from the University of Kansas
Sport Experience: Competitive Swimming, High School and Collegiate Swimming, Coach for Swimming and Diving
Research Interests: Athletic Identity, Career Termination/Transition out of Sport, Coping with Anxiety, and Performance Enhancement

Name: Veera Korjala
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from Oklahoma State University
Sport Experience: Competitive Volleyball in Finland, Volleyball in Junior National Team of Finland, Group Exercise Instructor
Research Interests: Motivational Climates, Coach-Athlete Relationships, Exercise & Sport Adherence, Group Exercise 

Name: Dalton Mack
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University (New Brunswick)
Sport Experience: CHigh School Cross Country, Track, Baseball; Intramural Soccer, Basketball, Softball, Volleyball
Research Interests: Athletic Injury and Recovery, Transition out of Sport, Coping with Performance Anxiety


Name: Carlie McGregor
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of New Mexico
Sport Experience: Collegiate Swimming, Competitive Swimming, Recreational Running and Swimming, Speaking/Presentation Performance
Research Interests: Body Image and Dysmorphia, Disordered Eating, Performance Enhancement, and Transition out of Sport

Name: Matt Mikesell
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minor in Coaching from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, Master of Art in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver
Sport Experience: Collegiate Soccer, Collegiate Track & Field, High School Basketball, Coaching Soccer
Research Interests: Body Image and Eating Disorders with Athletes, Career Transition/Termination, Coach/Athlete Relationship, Resiliency

Name: Tess Palmateer
Degree: Master of Science in Exercise Science (Sport Psychology) from the University of Toronto, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Honours) from Brock University.
Sport Experience: Varsity volleyball, competitive soccer, high school golf, ultimate frisbee, basketball, and cross country, and indoor and beach volleyball coach
Research Interests: Performance enhancement, athletic injury, and coach-athlete relationships.

Name: Megan Ruhland
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Christopher Newport University
Sport Experience: Competitive Soccer, Swimming, & Volleyball; High School Soccer & Cross Country; Youth Soccer Coach
Research Interests: Performance Enhancement, Retirement/Transition out of Sport, Perfectionism in Athletes, Neurocognitive Function, Coping with Anxiety, Coaching Female Athletes

Name: James Rushton
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania
Sport Experience: Collegiate and High School Soccer
Research Interests: Mental Skills Training, Athlete Mental Health, Motivation, Coach-Athlete Relationships.

Name: Jenna Tomalski
Degree: Master of Science in Kinesiology- focus in Sport and Exercise Psychology, UNC Greensboro; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science, UNC Chapel Hill
Sport Experience: Undergraduate Volleyball, Soccer, and Basketball instructor; Recreational Running, Volleyball, Kickball, Soccer, and Basketball
Research Interests: Psychological Antecedents and Consequences of Sport Injury; Sport Injury Anxiety; Coping with Anxiety; Mental Skills Training for Performance Enhancement and Performance Restoration

Name: Christina Villavon
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Communication with an emphasis in Media Communications, Minor in Business from Cornell University
Sport Experience: Collegiate Softball, Coaching Softball, Undergraduate Weight Training and Racquetball Instructor
Research Interests: Coping with Anxiety, Coach-Athlete Relationships, Coach Education, Media's Portrayal of Athletes

Name: Andy Walsh
Degree: Master of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport & Exercise Psychology from Ball State University; Master of Arts in Counseling from Ball State University; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wabash College
Sport Experience: Collegiate Football, Basketball, and Track; High school Football, Basketball, and Track; Recreational Golf and Skiing
Research Interests: Athletic Identity; Spirituality in Sport; Performance Enhancement; Imagery; Men and Masculine Norms; Resiliency; Grit

Name: Karolina Wartalowicz
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Iowa.
Sport Experience: High School and Collegiate Swimming, Coach for Swimming and Diving
Research Interests: Mental Training and Coping Skills for College and Elite Athletes, Implications of Retirement from Sport, Performance Enhancement