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

May 25, 2016 - Training for a marathon is a physical challenge, but can be a psychological refuge for individuals who are coping with a recent breakup or other traumatic life experience.  Dr.

February 12, 2016 - Center sport consultants Shelly Sheinbein and Kristina Clevinger and Center Director Dr.

The Center for Sport Psychology, through UNT’s APA-accredited counseling psychology program, welcomes its new class of doctoral students who will join the program beginning Fall 2016.  In addition to entering the counseling psychology doctoral program (with an emphasis in sport psychology), the students will become part of the Center’s sport consultant staff, helping to provide services to the UNT Athletic Department as well as coaches and athletes through the DFW area.  Our new members