News Archive

Read articles, stories, and announcements about the activities and achievements of the Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence’s faculty, staff, and students.

In sports, and in our work with athletes, we talk a lot about controllables vs. uncontrollable.  We want athletes to learn how to pay attention to, and focus their energy on, the things over which they have some control (and can do something about).  Great athletes understand that things like...

In Friday’s tip, we discussed how being outside is good for our mental health and we want you to do so in ways that are safe and socially responsible! Today, we are going to build off the idea of getting outside by integrating mindfulness into this activity. Here is simple mindfulness exercise...

Yesterday, I was doing my weekly trip to the grocery story…physically distancing and being careful…when I overheard a woman talking to the cashier as she was checking out ‘I have not been out of my house for two weeks now.’  I thought…two weeks???  I knew right then I wanted to write about...

Kelzie Beebe traveled with the UNT Track and Field team to the University of Houston for the Houston G5 & Super 22 Invitational. The men’s and women’s teams each finished in the Top 7 against very competitive fields. See more here: ...

Kelzie Beebe traveled with the UNT Track and Field to Texas A&M on January 17th for the Ted Nelson Invitational. The men’s and women’s teams had successful outings.  For more information visit:...

Dr. Trent Petrie, the Director of our Center for Sport Psychology, shared his insight on weight pressures experienced by male athletes with the Washington Post. “For a lot of these young men, there’s more desire to become big and lean, as opposed to just become big,” Petrie said. “So there’s a...

Our research team has been busy! We had the opportunity to present some of our work at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference from October 23-26, 2019. Here is the research we shared:

Eating Disorder of Early Adolescent Athletes: Racial/Ethnic Identity and...

At the Assocation for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Conference in Portland, OR, last week, two of our students and one faculty received major awards! Sixth year student, Erin Albert, was awarded The Dissertation Award which recognizes the completion of an outstanding dissertation by an AASP...

One of our fourth year students, Tess Palmateer, and Dr. Trent Petrie were awarded a research grant for their study, "Mental Health Screening of Student Athletes within NCAA Athletic Departments". We are proud to share that this was the largest grant of six grants awarded this year by the...

Two of our sport psychology consultants, Stephanie Barrett, M.S., and Tess Palmateer, M.Sc., were invited to speak at the inaugural Girls Sports Coaches Summit hosted by BSN Sports on Saturday, October 5th. Stephanie and Tess presented on the topic of Building Player Confidence: Female Athlete...

April 2, 2019 - Center Director, Dr. Trent Petrie, and Center Sport Psychologist, Dr. Erica Force, will begin their fourth year providing sport psychology services to the WNBA Dallas Wings.  The Center is proud of its ongoing relationship with the Wings’ organization and Drs. Petrie and Force...

Dr. Alexandra Thompson, who graduated from UNT in 2018 and currently is a post-doctoral sport psychology fellow at North Carolina State University, received the 2018 award for outstanding dissertation from the American Psychological Association Division 47 (Society for Exercise and Sport...

To read his profile and learn more about his work in the field of sport psychology visit ...

The health benefits of physical activity and sport participation have been evidenced in contemporary research. These benefits include improved physical and emotional well-being, as well as better performance in school and at work. Historically, sport participation at college and professional...

At all levels of sport, up through the Olympics and professional leagues, athletes face and overcome many challenges and obstacles and endure countless hours of training to prepare themselves to be their physical best.  And through these trials and tribulations and their incredible performances...

Injury, graduating from high school or college, having competed at the highest level and possibly won a championship, becoming psychologically burned out by the grind of training…what do these factors have in common?  They represent some of the key reasons athletes retire from sport (see Andy...

Social media has a large presence in society today. In the sports world, many professional athletes and teams utilize social media for marketing and connecting with fans. Recently, the NBA has been singled out as the league most involved with social media, to the point of concern about social...

October 3-6, 2018, Center faculty (Drs. Petrie and Force) and graduate students (Jenna Tomalski, Kristina Clevinger, Erin Albert, Matt Mikesell, Tess Palmateer, Dalton Mack, Kaleb Cusack, and James Rushton) attended the annual conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology in Toronto...

Drs. Trent A. Petrie and Erica Force gave a presentation to the THR Dallas Presbyterian Hospital Staff on Developing a Champion Team: The 7 C’s on September 27, 2018.  The presentation introduced hospital staff to the key characteristics of successful teams, including:  Commitment, Consistency,...

Kevin Love, Serena Williams, Michael Phelps, DeMar DeRozan…all elite level athletes, and all have discussed their mental health in the media.  As the World Health Organization (WHO;http://www.who.int/...

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the agency responsible for the laws relevant to the Privacy Rule that is part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). An athlete’s mental health conditions and treatment are protected health information under...

October 20, 2017 - At the annual conference of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Center faculty, current doctoral students, and alumni had a reunion dinner to reconnect and make new connections among the many generations that were in attendance.  Pictured are (from...

October 20, 2017 - Center Director, Trent A. Petrie, PhD., and graduate students Carlie McGregor, Andrew Walsh, Karolina Wartolowicz, Alan Chu, Tess Palmateer, Christina Villajon, Malia Johnson, and Veera Korjala attended the annual AASP conference October 18-21, 2017 in Orlando FL....

June 12, 2017 - Dr. Trent Petrie has been selected to receive the award for Outstanding Contribution in Education and Training in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Division 47 (Sport and Exercise Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.  He will be given his award at the...

June 12, 2017 - Drs. Trent Petrie and Erica Force have begun their second season providing sport psychology services to the Dallas Wings organization.  Their work focuses on providing sport psychology services to all levels of the organization, including working closely with the team’...

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