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Dallas Marathon Psyching Team

Welcome! The University of North Texas (UNT) Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence faculty and staff will be providing sport psychology services for the 2015 Dallas Marathon. Psyching Teams have been around for over a decade helping runners successfully handle the mental challenges associated with running a 5K, 10K, or half or full marathon and be able to reach their performance goals.

Center Faculty, Students and Alumni Gather at Annual Sport Psychology Conference

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 left in front row):  Dr. Robert Harmison (James Madison University), Dr. Nick Beck (private practice, Pensacola FL), and Karolina Wartolowicz (third year doctoral student); (from left in the back row):  Carlie McGregor (third year doctoral student), Dr. Joey Raemaker (University of Notre Dame), Dr. Trent A. Petrie (UNT Center Director, Tess Palmateer (second year doctoral student), Andrew Walsh (first year doctoral student), Alan Chu (fifth year doctoral student), and Dr. Brian Yu (UC Davis).

Center Faculty and Students Present Research at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Conference

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.  At the conference, they presented their research findings on the help seeking behaviors of male athletes, mental health screening of collegiate athletes, psychosocial well-being of retired collegiate athletes, to name a few.  For more information on any of the specific research papers, please contact us at sportpsych@unt.edu.

Center Director to Receive Award from the American Psychological Association in August, 2017

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 organization’s annual convention in Washington, DC, August 2017.  This award, given once every four years, recognizes a professional’s excellence in the mentorship of future sport psychologists.

Center Director and Assistant Director Serve as Sport Psychologists for WNBA Dallas Wings

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’s sports medicine department.

Center Director Chairs Meeting on the Development of National Guidelines for the Practice of Sport Psychology

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 psychology.  This two year process will culminate in nationally recognized and accepted best practices for psychologists who want to provide sport psychology services to athletes, coaches, and sport teams and organizations.

Center Staff Weigh in on Bullying in Softball Offering Solutions for Creating a Healthy Competitive Environment

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:  

UNT Awarded Top 25 Status for Graduate Programs in Sport Psychology

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 psychology), as well as the Center for Sport Psychology, were ranked 11th in the U.S. UNT is the only school in Texas to be ranked in the top 25. More information on the rankings are available at http://www.online-psychology-degrees.org/best/top-graduate-sports-psychology-programs/.