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

Dr. Trent Petrie and Center Staff Kayla Carrigan and Dr. Justine Chatterton presented their research on the intersection of sport and disordered eating.  Dr. Petrie and Ms. Carrigan presented a study on the relation of female athletes’ self-weighing behaviors to their body image concerns, dietary intent, negative affect and bulimic symptomatology.  Overall, the athletes who weighed themselves 3 or more times per week showed the most distress on all the measures.  Ms. Carrigan won the APA Division 47 Master’s Thesis Award for this study.  Drs.

Dr. Trent Petrie was selected as the recipient of the TEACHER SCHOLAR AWARD as part of the University of North Texas’ Research and Creativity Award recognition process, one of the Office of Research and Economic Development’s highest honors.  Dr. Petrie received this award for his decades of high level scholarship and excellence in teaching.  He will receive his award at the annual Salute to Faculty Excellence Dinner and Awards ceremony scheduled for the evening of October 2, 2015

UNT Center for Sport Psychology Director, Dr. Trent A. Petrie was interviewed for a Dallas Morning News article on how athletes experience and respond to pressure and why some choke.  The full article is available at

UNT and the Center for Sport Psychology played organizer and host to the Second Annual Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Regional Student Conference.  The two-day conference featured keynote addresses from internationally-respected sport and exercise psychologists, including Dr. Arnold LeUnes from Texas A&M University and Dr. John Bartholomew from University of Texas at Austin.  In addition, former Dallas Cowboy Russell Maryland spoke about his experiences in professional sports and the impact sports may have on character development.

Beginning August 2015, four new consultants will join the Center as part of the incoming class within the Psychology Department’s APA-accredited Counseling Psychology Program.  The new consultants include:  Stephanie Barrett, Carlie McGregor, Matt Mikesell,, and Karolina Wartalowicz.  Our new consultants will be joining us from all regions of the U.S.