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  • Dr. Tarkington J. Newman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work and holds an Affiliate Faculty position with the Department of Kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire. Additionally, he is Faculty for the Online Sport Social Work Certificate program offered by the University of Michigan School of Social Work. In addition to serving as a Research Fellow for the U.S. Center for Mental Health and Sport, Dr. Newman is an Affiliated Researcher for the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center, serves on the Mental Health Research Advisory Board for the America East Academic Consortium, and operates as the Chair the Research Committee for the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports.

    Through his Social Work, Social Justice, & Sport Research Lab, Dr. Newman is committed to serving youth populations (ages 10-24) who are socially vulnerable and/or at-risk for mental and behavioral health problems. His research has engaged populations including youth of color, youth from economically disadvantaged urban communities, and LGBTQ+ youth. Specifically, Dr. Newman’s research focuses on promoting critical positive youth development (PYD) through sport and other forms of physical activity. Using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, his research investigates mechanisms that promote life skills, social justice, mental health, healthy masculinity, as well as the prevention of aggressive and violent behaviors. The culmination of Dr. Newman’s research is related to creation of PYD-focused coach education and the use of social work practice in sport settings.

    To date, he has published 43 peer-reviewed journal articles, presented 43 peer-reviewed international and national presentations, and helped secure over $3,584,148 in grant funding/contracts for research. In addition to his scholarship, Dr. Newman has over 13 years of experience coaching track and field, winning three high school state championships in Michigan.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2022 Understanding the Needs of Social Workers in Sport Settings: Opportunities for Specialized Education and TrainingJournal of Social Work Education Journal of education for social work.  1-15. 2022
    2022 Scholars' perspectives of positive youth development in coach education for high school sportsPhysical Education and Sport Pedagogy.  1-15. 2022
    2022 The dual pandemic: COVID-19, systemic racism, and college student-athletic mental healthInternational Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.  1-18. 2022
    2021 Mechanisms of Life Skill Development and Life Skill Transfer: Interconnections and Distinctions Among Socially Vulnerable YouthJournal of the Society for Social Work and Research.  12:489-519. 2021
    2021 Reimagining positive youth development and life skills in sport through a social justice lensJournal of Applied Sport Psychology.  1-19. 2021
    2021 Psychological Processes Involved in Life Skill Transfer: Understanding the Lived Experiences of Youth Recognized as Being Socially VulnerableChild and Adolescent Social Work Journal.  38:423-436. 2021
    2021 Advancing positive youth development-focused coach education: contextual factors of youth sport and youth sport leader perceptionsManaging Sport and Leisure.  26:326-340. 2021
    2021 Social work in sport: Playmakers in the athletic arenaJournal of Social Work.  146801732110097-146801732110097. 2021
    2021 The Relationship Between Youth Sport Participation and Aggressive and Violent Behaviors: A Scoping Review of the LiteratureJournal of the Society for Social Work and Research.  12:371-389. 2021
    2021 Coaching the development and transfer of life skills: a scoping review of facilitative coaching practices in youth sportsInternational Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology.  1-38. 2021
    2021 The influence of peers on life skill development and transfer in a sport-based positive youth development programJOURNAL OF SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT.  9:70-86. 2021
    2021 Learning Life Skills Through Challenging and Negative ExperiencesChild and Adolescent Social Work Journal2021
    2021 Youth identity formation: (Mis)alignment between urban male youth and sport coachesChildren and Youth Services Review.  120:105733-105733. 2021
    2020 Moving adolescents for a lifetime of physical activity: shifting to interventions aligned with the third health revolution.Health Psychology Review.  14:486-503. 2020
    2020 Life Skill Development and Transfer: "They're Not Just Meant for Playing Sports"Research on Social Work Practice.  30:643-657. 2020
    2020 The Experiential Nature of Coach Education Within a Positive Youth Development Perspective: Implications for Practice and ResearchInternational Sport Coaching Journal.  7:398-406. 2020
    2020 Examining the influence of sport program staff and parent/caregiver support on youth outcomesApplied Developmental Science.  24:263-278. 2020
    2020 The Relationships Between Sport Club Activities and University and Member AttachmentRecreational Sports Journal.  44:5-14. 2020
    2020 Communication and Team Performance: A Case Study of Division I Football CaptainsInternational Journal of Sport Communication.  13:77-96. 2020
    2020 Examination of Social Influence Toward Need Satisfaction of High School Student-AthletesPHYSICAL EDUCATOR-US.  77:708-730. 2020
    2020 Exploring team captain roles associated with athlete leadership classifications: Perspectives from collegiate coachesJournal of Sport Behavior.  43. 2020
    2020 Mechanisms of life skill development and life skill transfer: Interconnections and distinctions.Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research2020
    2020 Process Evaluation Examining the Implementation of a Sport-Based Positive Youth Development ProgramJournal of Youth Development.  15:70-90. 2020
    2020 The management and development of sport team captains as human capital resources: Perspectives from collegiate coachesInternational Journal of Sport Management2020
    2019 Tailoring supports to youth in schools: One approach to identifying needs and targeting interventionInternational Journal of School Social Work.  20. 2019
    2019 Three strikes and you?re out: culture, facilities, and participation among LGBTQ youth in sportsSport, Education and Society.  24:939-953. 2019
    2019 Developing sport team captains as formal leadersJournal of Sport Psychology in Action.  10:137-150. 2019
    2019 Exploring the influence of program staff and parental support on changes in physical health outcomes of vulnerable youth participating in a sport-based positive youth development summer campJournal of Sport Behavior.  42. 2019
    2019 Promoting Youth Competence Through Balanced and Restorative Justice: A Community-Based PYD ApproachJournal of Youth Development.  14:14-35. 2019
    2019 The role of social workers in sport: shared values, interprofessional collaborations, and unique contributionsJournal of Sport Psychology in Action.  10:160-173. 2019
    2018 Facilitative coaching: a guide for youth sport leadersLeisure/ Loisir.  42:129-148. 2018
    2018 Learning through the adventure of youth sportPhysical Education and Sport Pedagogy.  23:280-293. 2018
    2017 Validity and Reliability of the Teamwork Scale for YouthResearch on Social Work Practice.  27:716-725. 2017
    2017 An Experiential Approach to Sport for Youth DevelopmentJournal of Experiential Education.  40:308-322. 2017
    2017 Staff Practices and Social Skill Outcomes in a Sport-Based Youth ProgramJournal of Applied Sport Psychology.  29:59-74. 2017
    2016 High school athletes' self-determined motivation: The independent and interactive effects of coach, father, and mother autonomy supportPsychology of Sport and Exercise.  26:1-8. 2016
    2016 Informing priorities for coaching education: Perspectives from youth sport leadersInternational Journal of Sports Science and Coaching.  11:436-445. 2016
    2016 Examination of the 3x2 achievement goal model in recreational sport: Associations with perceived benefits of sport participationInternational Journal of Sport Management, Recreation & Tourism .  26:44-53. 2016
    2016 Exploring the long-term impact of a positive youth development-based alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention programJournal of Alcohol and Drug Education.  60:67-90. 2016
    2015 Coaching on the Wave: An Integrative Approach to Facilitating Youth DevelopmentJournal of Sport Psychology in Action.  6:127-140. 2015


    Year Title
    2019 Coaching the youth sport coach: Integrating theory and pedagogy through adventure-based experience 2019
    2014 Promoting positive youth development among underserved youth in the United States through The Ohio State University’s LiFEsports 2014

    Teaching Activities

  • Advanced Research Experience Taught course 2022
  • Special Projects & Ind Study Taught course 2022
  • Special Projects & Ind Study Taught course 2022
  • Special Topics/SW & Sports Taught course 2022
  • Student Research Experience Taught course 2022
  • Advanced Research Experience Taught course 2021
  • Research Methods Social Work Taught course 2021
  • Research Methods Social Work Taught course 2021
  • Student Research Experience Taught course 2021
  • SpcTop/Youth Develop SW/Sports Taught course 2021
  • SpcTop/Youth Develop SW/Sports Taught course 2021
  • Adv Rsrch Exp/Social Work Taught course 2021
  • Honors Thesis Taught course 2021
  • Research Methods Social Work Taught course 2021
  • Research Methods in Soc Work Taught course 2021
  • Rsrch Exp/Social Work Taught course 2021
  • Adv Rsrch Exp/Social Work Taught course 2020
  • Research Methods Social Work Taught course 2020
  • Research Methods Social Work Taught course 2020
  • Rsrch Exp/Social Work Taught course 2020
  • Program & Practice Evaluation Taught course 2020
  • Research Methods in Soc Work Taught course 2020
  • Research Methods Social Work Taught course 2019
  • Research Methods Social Work Taught course 2019
  • Education And Training

  • B.S. Psychology, Central Michigan University
  • M.S. Kinesiology: Sport Management, Ohio State University
  • M.S.W. Social Work, University of Michigan
  • Ph.D. Social Work, Ohio State University
  • Full Name

  • Tarkington Newman