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 was quoted in a recent article in The Florida-Times Union about Gus Bradley, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Coach Bradley is known for his positive, upbeat approach, and Dr.

The Center for Sport Psychology has joined the Twittersphere, creating its own account and sending its first tweet!  We welcome you to follow us @UNTSportPsych.  The Center’s sport consultants will be tweeting each week about different topic related to sport and human performance and will include original commentary, links to interesting articles and videos, and retweets of relevant topics.  If you want to be up to date on sport psychology’s positive influence on athletic performance, follow us!

Dr. Trent A. Petrie, Dr. Scott Martin, and doctoral student Alexandra Thompson are presenting their research at the annual AASP sport psychology conference which is being held in New Orleans, LA from October 2-5.

Dr. Trent A. Petrie and doctoral student Troy Moles spent a day and a half working with the athletes and coaches at Kenyon College to help them refine their mental approach to training and performing. Through large and small group presentations and meetings, they introduced the athletes and coaches to the importance of developing a Championship Mindset and how to be effective leaders within their teams.  Dr. Petrie and Mr. Moles also were able to speak with the students in an advanced clinical psychology course about the status of the field of sport and counseling psychology.

Lauren Talbott and Alex Auerbach, doctoral students in the Psychology Department’s APA-accredited Counseling Psychology program (with a specialization in sport psychology) joined the Center’s staff this fall.  Ms. Talbott comes to the Center after receiving her master’s degree in counseling from University of Oklahoma; she played varsity soccer at Colorado College. Mr. Auerbach received his MBA from University of Rhode Island prior to coming to UNT; he has extensive coaching and playing experiencing in college football.