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  • Dr. Tarkington J. Newman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). He also holds a position as an Affiliated Faculty Member for the UNH's Dual Degree Master's Program in social work and kinesiology and is an Affiliated Researcher for the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center. Through his research, he is committed to serving youth populations who are socially vulnerable and at-risk for 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 positive youth development (PYD) through sport, recreation, and adventure-based learning. Using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, his research investigates mechanisms that promote life skills, social justice (e.g., anti-racism, inclusion), and positive 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. To date, he has published 33 peer-reviewed journal articles, presented 31 peer-reviewed international and national presentations, and helped to secure over $1,048,000 in grant funding for research. In addition to his scholarship, Dr. Newman has over 12 years of experience coaching track and field, winning three high school state championships in Michigan.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2021 Coaching the Development and Transfer of Life Skills: A Scoping Review of Facilitative Coaching Practices in Youth SportsInternational Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology2021
    2021 Social work in sport: Playmakers in the athletic arenaJournal of Social Work2021
    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 Advancing positive youth development-focused coach education: contextual factors of youth sport and youth sport leader perceptionsManaging Sport and Leisure.  1-15. 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 Relationship between Youth Sport Participation and Aggressive and Violent Behaviors: A Scoping Review of the LiteratureJournal of the Society for Social Work and Research2020
    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

  • 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
  • Full Name

  • Tarkington Newman