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 2018-2019

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: 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: Christopher Boyd
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Sport Experience: Collegiate Track & Field; High School Track & Field and Football
Research Interests: Perfectionistic Tendencies in Athletes, Use of Psychological Skills Training Techniques in Injury Rehabilitation


Name: Kris Copeland
Degree: Bachelors of Science in Health Psychology, Brigham Young University-Idaho; Pursuing Masters in Kinesiology with Sport Psychology Emphasis, University of North Texas.
Sport Experience: High school football and baseball, competition Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and MMA.
Research Interests: Effective use of imagery and self-talk to enhance mindfulness and self-efficacy, the roles of self-efficacy and mindfulness in performance success and enhancement.

Name: Alex Corne
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University of Alexandria
Sport Experience: Collegiate, Club, & High School Soccer; Club Volleyball; and High School Track & Field.
Research Interests: Stress & Coping, Attention & Concentration Training, Injury Recovery Adherence, Coach-Athlete Communication & Relationships


Name: Courtney Cox
Degree: Bachelor of Science with Honors in Psychology from Morgan State University
Sport Experience: Collegiate- Women’s Basketball; Intramural- Basketball; High School – Basketball, Softball, Track and Field and Swim team; Personal Training, American Kenpo and Tae kwon Do
Research Interests: Grit, Mindsets, Performance Enhancement, Transitions out of sport, Motor Behavior/Learning, and Motor Development in relation to sport on future mental health outcomes (internalizing behavior) in diverse populations (elite, IDD). As well as the role technology can play in enhancing motor learning/mental skills

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: Elizabeth Devitt
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Sport Experience: Collegiate Tennis, High School Tennis, Recreational Running and Yoga
Research Interests: Sport Participation's Influence on Grit, Disordered Eating and Body Image Among Athletes, Injury Rehab, Athletic Trainer's Perceptions of Sport Psychology

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: Randi Jackson
Degree: Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas; 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 Basketball; High School Basketball and Track & Field; Club Soccer; Basketball Coach
Research Interests:  Organizational Development in Sport and Performance Systems, Diversity Issues in Sport, Athletic Identity, Coach-Athlete Relationships, Career Transition/Termination

Name: Lauren Greenspoon
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Sport Experience: Collegiate Volleyball; High School Volleyball and Golf, Club Volleyball Coach
Research Interests: Athletic Injury and Recovery, Performance Enhancement, Mental Skills Training


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: 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: 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: Carlie McGregor
Degree: Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from University of North Texas, 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: Jolene Norton
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Research Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno
Sport Experience: Collegiate and High School Swimming, Coach for Swimming
Research Interests: Spirituality in Sport, Religious/Cultural/ Athletic identity, Confidence of Athletes, Pursuit of perfectionism

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: Collegiate Volleyball; Club Soccer, Indoor Volleyball, and Beach Volleyball; High School Golf, Ultimate Frisbee, Basketball, and Cross Country
Research Interests: Mental Health in Athletes, Ethical Considerations and Boundaries Between Sport Psychology Consultants and Athlete Clients, Interpersonal Emotion Regulation

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, Backpacking, Mountaineering, High School Competitive Cheerleading, Varsity Football Statistician
Research Interests: Daily Life Resilience, Coping Mechanisms to Bolster Wellbeing when Performing under High Demand, Mindfulness Interventions, The Impact of Social Media on Performance

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: Riley Tendler
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Texas Christian University
Sport Experience: High School Basketball; High School Football; Baseball; Gol
Research Interests: Athlete Mental Health; Mental Skills Training; Athletic Injury and Recovery; Motivation; Transition/Retirement from Sport


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: High School and Collegiate Football, Basketball, and Track
Research Interests: Racial Identity, Athletic Identity, Masculinity

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

Name: Julian Yoon
Degree: 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