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

March 25, 2017 - Dr. Trent A. Petrie, Director of the Center for Sport Psychology, has been selected to chair the committee that has been tasked by the American Psychological Association’s Division 47 (Sport and Exercise Psychology) to develop guidelines for the practice of sport psychology.  This two year process will culminate in nationally recognized and accepted best practices for psychologists who want to provide sport psychology services to athletes, coaches, and sport teams and organizations.

March 24, 2017 - Kristina Clevinger, Center Sport Consultant, shared her expertise on creating a champion environment in softball that recognizes the efforts and value of all players and promotes competition through support, not denigration.  Read the entire article at:  

October 1, 2016 – The UNT Center’s Director Dr. Trent A. Petrie and faculty member, Dr.

October 6, 2016 - NBC Channel 5 health reporter Bianca Castro visited the University of North Texas to learn more about the Center’s ongoing ACL Return to Sport study.  She spotlights the research and interviews UNT football player Kevin Dillman about how he is coping with his ACL injury and benefitting from being a part of the study.  To read more and watch the video visit 

October 2, 2016 - The University of North Texas' three graduate programs in sport psychology (Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in sport psychology; M.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in psychosocial aspects of sport; Ph.D. in educational research with an emphasis in sport psychology), as well as the Center for Sport Psychology, were ranked 11th in the U.S. UNT is the only school in Texas to be ranked in the top 25. More information on the rankings are available at