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.

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...

Drs. Petrie and Voelker were awarded one of four grants for the NCAA’s 2016 Innovations in Research and Practice program (http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center...

Center Director, Dr. Trent Petrie, and staff members, Thomas Nguyen and Brian Yu, joined other sport psychology professionals (Dr. Chris Carr, Dr. Elena Estanol...

Center Faculty (Drs. Petrie and Martin) and staff attend the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Graduate Program Fair to promote the master’s and doctoral level training programs in sport psychology that are offered at UNT.  Interested students from all over the U.S. and Canada...

Dr. Petrie and his doctoral students (Jenna Tomalski, Erin Albert, and Kristina Clevinger) presented their research findings at the annual conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology in Indianapolis.  Topics included the influence of sport participation on psychological...

Dr. Trent Petrie and Center Staff Kayla Carrigan and Dr. Justine Chatterton presented their research on the intersection of sport and disordered eating.  Dr. Petrie and Ms. Carrigan presented a study on the relation of female athletes’ self-weighing behaviors to their body image concerns,...

Dr. Trent Petrie was selected as the recipient of the TEACHER SCHOLAR AWARD as part of the University of North Texas’ Research and Creativity Award recognition process, one of the Office of Research and Economic Development’s highest honors.  Dr. Petrie received this award for his decades...

UNT Center for Sport Psychology Director, Dr. Trent A. Petrie was interviewed for a Dallas Morning News article on how athletes experience and respond to pressure and why some choke.  The full article is available at...

UNT and the Center for Sport Psychology played organizer and host to the Second Annual Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Regional Student Conference.  The two-day conference featured keynote addresses from internationally-respected sport and exercise psychologists, including...

Beginning August 2015, four new consultants will join the Center as part of the incoming class within the Psychology Department’s APA-accredited Counseling Psychology Program.  The new consultants include:  Stephanie Barrett, Carlie McGregor, Matt Mikesell,, and Karolina Wartalowicz....

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...

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...

Dr. Trent A. Petrie, Director of the Center for Sport Psychology was interviewed by USA Today columnist Nancy Armour about the pressures that are being placed on young athletes through rankings and early recruiting.  To read the article, go to ...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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. Petrie provided an expert's opinion.  For more information, see...

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...

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.  Their research examines the psychological and physical fitness predictors of...

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