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

Shelly Sheinbein, current Center sport consultant and doctoral student in counseling psychology at UNT, has been invited to speak at her alma mater, Claremont McKenna College.  Ms. Sheinbein will be giving a talk to interested students, staff and faculty about her training in sport psychology and work she does as a sport psychology consultant through our Center.

Dr. LaTisha Bader (’07) and Dr. Harlan Austin (’12) have developed a new and innovative treatment program for elite level athletes (and other performers) who are suffering from chemical addiction.  The program allows athletes to continue to train and maintain (and even enhance) their physical performance while obtaining the treatment they need to become (and remain) sober.  Read more at  

Kayla Carrigan, staff sport consultant, won the 2015 Master’s Thesis Research Award for Division 47 (Sport and Exercise Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.  She will present her thesis, entitled “To Weigh or Not to Weigh? Relation to Disordered Eating Attitudes and Behaviors Amongst Female Collegiate Athletes” at the 2015 APA conference that will be held this August in Toronto, Canada.  In addition to the presentation, she will receive a plaque and monetary award.

Alex Auerbach, staff sport consultant, attended the 2015 NFL combine in Indianapolis to assist Dr. Scott Goldman in conducting psychological assessments of the players for different teams.  The testing is designed to help teams better understand the motivation and psychological make-up of the players they are considering in the draft.