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.

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’...

March 25, 2017 - Dr. Trent A. Petrie, Director of the Center for Sport Psychology, has been selected to chair the committee that has been tasked by the American Psychological Association’s Division 47 (Sport and Exercise Psychology) to develop guidelines for the practice of sport...

March 24, 2017 - Kristina Clevinger, Center Sport Consultant, shared her expertise on creating a champion environment in softball that recognizes the efforts and value of all players and promotes competition through support, not denigration.  Read the entire article at:  ...

October 1, 2016 – The UNT Center’s Director Dr. Trent A. Petrie and faculty member, Dr. Scott Martin, along with doctoral students Shelley Sheinbein, Brian Yu, and Erin Albert, presented papers at the annual conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, which was held in...

October 6, 2016 - NBC Channel 5 health reporter Bianca Castro visited the University of North Texas to learn more about the Center’s ongoing ACL Return to Sport study.  She spotlights the research and interviews UNT football player Kevin Dillman about how he is coping with his ACL...

October 2, 2016 - The University of North Texas' three graduate programs in sport psychology (Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in sport psychology; M.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in psychosocial aspects of sport; Ph.D. in educational research with an emphasis in sport...

August 8, 2016 - Dr. Trent Petrie and his staff (Alex Auerbach, Alex Thompson, Kayla Carrigan, Karolina Wartalowicz, Carlie McGregor, and Stephanie Barrett) gave six different research presentations at the American Psychological Association annual convention, which was held in Denver, CO...

May 25, 2016 - Training for a marathon is a physical challenge, but can be a psychological refuge for individuals who are coping with a recent breakup or other traumatic life experience.  Dr. Petrie...

February 12, 2016 - Center sport consultants Shelly Sheinbein and Kristina Clevinger and Center Director Dr. Trent Petrie have collaborated to develop a program designed to assist athletes in their...

June 2, 2016 - Dr. Petrie was interviewed for an article what athletes can do when they don’t make their team on the first go round...how can they respond to this failure?  They want to see the situation not as an indication of their worth or future success as an athlete, but rather...

The Center for Sport Psychology, through UNT’s APA-accredited counseling psychology program, welcomes its new class of doctoral students who will join the program beginning Fall 2016.  In...

Dr. Trent Petrie, Center Director, is spending six weeks at Loughborough University working with faculty and students from the School of Psychology, Exercise, and...

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