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

The UNT Center for Sport Psychology in collaboration with UNT Athletics will be hosting its 1st annual coaching workshop.  Partnering with Brendon Bray, head coach of UNT Swimming, the workshop will focus on swimming coaches to introduce them to mental and technical training for optimal performance.  The workshop will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at the Business Leadership Building and Pohl Recreation Center on the UNT campus.

Dr. Matt Atkins, Assistant Director of the Center, was certified as a sport consultant by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.  Becoming certified is a significant accomplishment and signifies his expertise in the area of sport psychology.  We congratulate him on reaching this milestone.

Drs. Trent Petrie and Robert Harmison, alum of the Center, and doctoral student Jay Deiters had their study on mental toughness and athletic injury published in the journal Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology.  Their work is highlighted by APA.  Read a summary at and

The American Psychological Association’s article on careers in sport psychology has recognized UNT’s Center for Sport Psychology as an ideal training environment for students interested in pursuing interdisciplinary training in counseling psychology with a specialization in sport psychology (see

Dr. Matt Atkins has joined the Center in the position of Assistant Director for Sport Psychology Services.  Dr. Atkins has extensive experience working with high school, college, and professional athletes, and will be overseeing the Center's outreach work with the community.  A former collegiate soccer player, Dr. Atkins brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to his role.  The Center welcomes him to our staff.  Read more about Dr.