Meet our Sport Psychology Consultants

The UNT Center for Sport Psychology and Athlete Mental Health 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 2021-2022

Name: Macey Arnold
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sports Science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sport Experience: Collegiate swimming; recreational running, swimming, biking, climbing, hiking
Research Interests: Experiences of 2SLGBTQIA+ Athletes; Multicultural Education in Sport Psychology; Mental Health in Athletes, Disordered Eating and Body Image Among Athletes; Athletic Injury; Mindfulness Interventions

Name: Cami Barnes
Degree: Masters Student in Kinesiology with Emphasis on Sport Psychology at the University of North Texas; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Arizona
Sport Experience: High School and Club Softball, Basketball and Track
Research Interests: Coping with Athletic Injury and Recovery, Disordered Eating and Body Image Among Athletes, Athlete Mental Health, Mindfulness Interventions


Name: Kelzie Beebe
Degree: Master of Science in Education, Concentration in Counseling and Counselor Education, from Indiana University; Master of Science in Kinesiology, Concentration in Applied Sport Science, from Indiana University; Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Physics from Harvard College
Sport Experience: Professional 140.6 and 70.3 Triathlon; Collegiate Soccer and Rowing; High School Soccer and Cross Country; Recreational Swimming, Running, Yoga, and Ice Hockey; Coaching Swimming, Triathlon, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, and SkiMo
Research Interests: Connection between Mental Health Services and Performance Enhancement, LGBTQ Athletes

Name: Kasey Chambers
Degree: Master of Arts in Psychology from Chatham University; Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University; Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Pennsylvania
Sport Experience: Collegiate and High School Basketball; Collegiate and High School Basketball Coach
Research Interests: LGBTQ+ Identities in Sport; Mental Health Stigma in Sport; Transition into Collegiate Athletics


Name: Dafina Chisolm-Salau
Degree: Master of Science in Applied Psychology with a focus on Counseling Psychology from University of Baltimore and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Sport Experience: High School Basketball and Track and Field
Research Interests: Injury and return to sport, career counseling/transition out of sport, social justice, and experiences of athletes of color


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: Megan Drew
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Missouri State University
Sport Experience: Collegiate Field Hockey; High School Field Hockey, Lacrosse, and Basketball; High School Field Hockey and Lacrosse Coach
Research Interests: Athlete Mental Health; Performance Enhancement; Coach-Athlete Relationship; Transition out of Sport


Name: Zane Faulkner
Degree: Bachelor’s in Geographic Information Science, Master’s Student in Kinesiology with emphasis in Sport Psychology
Sport Experience: High school golf, collegiate slalom and trick waterskiing, Coach for waterskiing, competitive shooting, recreational swimming, cycling, running
Research Interests: Resilience in Ultra-Endurance sports, general life resilience, emotion coaching and emotion dismissing, mindfulness for attentional focus, mental skills for stress and anxiety reduction, mental skills for endurance


Name: Melanie Graves
Degree: Bachelor of Health Science in Athletic Training from the University of Missouri at Columbia
Sport Experience: Athletic Training Student for Collegiate Football, Women’s Basketball, Wrestling, and High School Basketball
Research Interests: Coach-Athlete Relationships, Diversity and Inclusion in Sport


Name: Justin Harker
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Master of Sciences in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland (pending thesis defense).
Sport experience: High school football and lacrosse.
Research interests: Mental health stigma in sports, motivation, performance enhancement, barriers to exercise and physical activity.


Name: Carmyn Hayes
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Certificate in Afro-American Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sport Experience: Collegiate Soccer
Research Interests: Help-seeking behaviors; Athlete Identity; Injury Recovery


Name: Heather Kiefer
Degree: Master of Science in Sport and Performance Psychology from Florida State University; Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Minor in Criminal Justice from James Madison University
Sport Experience: Collegiate Softball, Competitive Power Lifting, Personal Training
Research Interests: Student Athlete Mental Health, Transition/Retirement out of Sport, and Mental Health Help Seeking Behaviors 

Name: Olivia Knizek
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology from University of California, San Diego and Master of Science in Psychology from Arizona State University
Sport Experience: Collegiate Rowing; High School Water Polo and Swimming
Research Interests: The retirement transition from sport, injury resiliency, Mindfulness Interventions, Performance Enhancement


Name: Cachet Lue
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Texas Christian University, Master of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota (pending thesis defense)
Sport Experience: Collegiate soccer; High school soccer, basketball, track and field; Youth soccer coach and referee
Research Interests: Student-athlete mental health, student-athlete support systems, athletic injury, and athletic identity


Name: Dalton Mack
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University (New Brunswick)
Sport Experience: High 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: Nick Magera
Degree: Master of Science in Kinesiology, Concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology from University of North Texas; Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Sciences with Concentrations in - Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies, Pre-Professional Health Sciences, Integrative Studies, with a Minor in Psychology
Sport Experience: U18 Ice Hockey; USTA and National Team Tennis; High School Ice Hockey, Football, and Track; Personal Training
Research Interests: Mental Health in Athletes; Emotion Regulation in Sport; Motivational Climate; Athletic Injury and Recovery Processes; Transition/Retirement from Sport; Mental Skills Training; Mindfulness in Sport Performance

Name: Karly Nettles
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Minors in Health and Exercise Sciences and Spanish, University of Oklahoma
Sport Experience: Collegiate football; High school soccer, tennis, and basketball; Recreational soccer and basketball; Competitive tennis
Research Interests: Athlete Leadership within Women's Team Sports; Emergence of Athlete Leadership Roles within Team Sports; Coach/Athlete Relationship in Team Sports


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: Lindsey Slavin
Degree: Bachelor of Art in Psychology, Minor in Marketing from the University of Miami
Sport Experience: Arctic Expeditioner, Long-Distance Cross-Country Skiing, Backcountry Downhill Skiing
Research Interests: Resilience, Coping Mechanisms to Bolster Wellbeing when Performing under High Demand, Mindfulness Interventions, The Impact of Social Media on Psychological Well-being


Name: Derek Sokoloff
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Marywood University, Master of Science in Counseling from Syracuse University, Master of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico
Sport Experience: High School Football
Research Interests: Mental Skills Training, Motivation, Mindfulness Interventions, Athletic Self-Efficacy


Name: Julian Yoon
Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia, Master of Education in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Augusta University
Sport Experience: High School Tennis and Track and Field
Research Interests: Coping with injury, Diversity issues in sports