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

Center Director, Dr. Trent Petrie, and staff members, Thomas Nguyen and Brian Yu, joined other sport psychology professionals (Dr. Chris Carr, Dr. Elena Estanol, and Dr. Wendy Borlabi) for a panel discussion on multicultural issues in sport psychology consulting.  The panel discussion occurred on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Conference in Indianapolis

Center Faculty (Drs. Petrie and Martin) and staff attend the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Graduate Program Fair to promote the master’s and doctoral level training programs in sport psychology that are offered at UNT.  Interested students from all over the U.S. and Canada attended the Fair to learn more about UNT.  For more information, visit

Dr. Petrie and his doctoral students (Jenna Tomalski, Erin Albert, and Kristina Clevinger) presented their research findings at the annual conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology in Indianapolis.  Topics included the influence of sport participation on psychological health and well-being in boys and girls and the relation of physical fitness and sociocultural climate on girls’ satisfaction with their bodies.