Tarkington Newman

Dr. Tarkington J. Newman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work, Affiliated Assistant Professor in the Department of Education, and Affiliated Researcher for the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH) Center at the University of New Hampshire. Additionally, they serve as Faculty for the Online Sport Social Work Certificate program offered by the University of Michigan School of Social Work, Research Fellow for the U.S. Center for Mental Health and Sport, Chair of the Research Committee for the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports (ASWIS), and member of Mental Health Research Advisory Board for the America East Academic Consortium.

Through their Sport Social Work (SSW) Research Lab, Dr. Newman is committed to serving youth populations (ages 10-24) who are socially vulnerable and/or at-risk for behavioral and mental health problems. Their research has actively 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 (CPYD) through sport and other forms of physical activity. Using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, their research investigates mechanisms that promote the development and transfer of normative life skills (e.g., emotional regulation, communication, teamwork, leadership) and social justice life skills (e.g., antiracism, LGBTQ+ allyship, healthy masculinity, mental health literacy). The culmination of Dr. Newman’s research is related to creation of CPYD-focused coach education and the use of social work practice in sport settings (i.e., sport social work). To date, they have published 49 peer-reviewed journal articles, presented 49 peer-reviewed international and national presentations, and helped secure $3,612,050 in grant funding/contracts for research.

Dr. Newman earned their BS in psychology (nutrition minor, coaching endorsement) at Central Michigan University and MSW at the University of Michigan (school social work certification), as well as a MS in kinesiology (sport management concentration) and PhD in social work at The Ohio State University. In addition to their scholarship, Dr. Newman has over 15 years of experience coaching track and field, winning three high school state championships in Michigan.


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

Research Interests

  • Applied; qualitative methods
  • At-Risk Children/Youth
  • Life Skills Training
  • Sports/Athletics
  • Youth Development/Leadership

Courses Taught

  • INCO 590: Student Research Experience
  • INCO 790: Advanced Research Experience
  • SW 601: Research Methods Social Work
  • SW 697: Special Topics/SW & Sports
  • SW 797: SpcTop/Youth Develop SW/Sports
  • SW 798H: Honors Thesis
  • SW 860: Research Methods in Soc Work
  • SW 897: SpcTop/Youth Develop SW/Sports
  • SW 965: Program & Practice Evaluation
  • SW 992: Special Projects & Ind Study

Selected Publications

Newman, T. J., Santos, F., Black, S., & Bostick, K. (2022). Learning Life Skills Through Challenging and Negative Experiences. CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SOCIAL WORK JOURNAL, 39(4), 455-469. doi:10.1007/s10560-021-00739-y

Newman, T. J., Magier, E., Okamoto, K., Kimiecik, C., Shute, L., Beasley, L., & Tucker, A. R. (2022). Social work in sport: Playmakers in the athletic arena. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK, 22(3), 692-714. doi:10.1177/14680173211009743

Magier, E. D., Newman, T. J., Kimiecik, C., Okamoto, K., Beasley, L., Shute, L., & Tucker, A. R. (2022). Understanding the Needs of Social Workers in Sport Settings: Opportunities for Specialized Education and Training. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION. doi:10.1080/10437797.2021.2019641

Newman, T. J., Santos, F., Pierce, S., Collins, K., Barcelona, B., & Mercier, V. (2022). Scholars' perspectives of positive youth development in coach education for high school sports. PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORT PEDAGOGY. doi:10.1080/17408989.2022.2039616

Newman, T. J., Turgeon, S., Moore, M., Bean, C., Lee, L., Knuettel, M., & Rahill, C. O. (2022). The dual pandemic: COVID-19, systemic racism, and college student-athletic mental health. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY. doi:10.1080/1612197X.2022.2026997

Newman, T. J., & Anderson-Butcher, D. (2021). Mechanisms of Life Skill Development and Life Skill Transfer: Interconnections and Distinctions Among Socially Vulnerable Youth. JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY FOR SOCIAL WORK AND RESEARCH, 12(3), 489-519. doi:10.1086/715890

Camire, M., Newman, T. J., Bean, C., & Strachan, L. (2021). Reimagining positive youth development and life skills in sport through a social justice lens. JOURNAL OF APPLIED SPORT PSYCHOLOGY. doi:10.1080/10413200.2021.1958954

Newman, T. J., Anderson-Butcher, D., Bostick, K., & Black, S. (2021). Psychological Processes Involved in Life Skill Transfer: Understanding the Lived Experiences of Youth Recognized as Being Socially Vulnerable. CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SOCIAL WORK JOURNAL, 38(4), 423-436. doi:10.1007/s10560-021-00768-7

Newman, T. J., Lower-Hoppe, L. M., Burch, M., & Paluta, L. M. (2021). Advancing positive youth development-focused coach education: contextual factors of youth sport and youth sport leader perceptions. MANAGING SPORT AND LEISURE, 26(4), 326-340. doi:10.1080/23750472.2020.1766760

Newman, T. J., Magier, E., Kimiecik, C., & Burns, M. (2021). The Relationship Between Youth Sport Participation and Aggressive and Violent Behaviors: A Scoping Review of the Literature. JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY FOR SOCIAL WORK AND RESEARCH, 12(2), 371-389. doi:10.1086/714421

Newman, T., Black, S., Santos, F., Jefka, B., & Brennan, N. (2021). Coaching the development and transfer of life skills: a scoping review of facilitative coaching practices in youth sports. INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY. doi:10.1080/1750984X.2021.1910977

Lower-Hoppe, L. M., Anderson-Butcher, D., Newman, T. J., & Logan, J. (2021). The influence of peers on life skill development and transfer in a sport-based positive youth development program. JOURNAL OF SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT, 9(2), 70-86. Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/

Newman, T. J., Jefka, B., Lower-Hoppe, L. M., Kimiecik, C., Brgoch, S., Dillard, R., . . . Ingram, D. (2021). Youth identity formation: (Mis)alignment between urban male youth and sport coaches. CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW, 120. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105733

Kimiecik, J., Horn, T., Newman, T. J., & Kimiecik, C. M. (2020). Moving adolescents for a lifetime of physical activity: shifting to interventions aligned with the third health revolution. HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY REVIEW, 14(4), 486-503. doi:10.1080/17437199.2019.1700820

Newman, T. J., Santos, F., Cardoso, A., & Pereira, P. (2020). The Experiential Nature of Coach Education Within a Positive Youth Development Perspective: Implications for Practice and Research. INTERNATIONAL SPORT COACHING JOURNAL, 7(3), 398-406. doi:10.1123/iscj.2019-0106

Newman, T. J. (2020). Life Skill Development and Transfer: "They're Not Just Meant for Playing Sports". RESEARCH ON SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE, 30(6), 643-657. doi:10.1177/1049731520903427

Newman, T. J., Anderson-Butcher, D., & Amorose, A. J. (2020). Examining the influence of sport program staff and parent/caregiver support on youth outcomes. APPLIED DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCE, 24(3), 263-278. doi:10.1080/10888691.2018.1467762

Lower-Hoppe, L. M., Beattie, M. A., Wray, D. E., Bailey, R. L., Newman, T. J., & Farrell, A. (2020). The Relationships Between Sport Club Activities and University and Member Attachment. RECREATIONAL SPORTS JOURNAL, 44(1), 5-14. doi:10.1177/1558866120904037

Lower-Hoppe, L. M., Heuett, K. B., Newman, T. J., & Brgoch, S. M. (2020). Communication and Team Performance: A Case Study of Division I Football Captains. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORT COMMUNICATION, 13(1), 77-96. doi:10.1123/ijsc.2019-0112

Fraina, M., Pastore, D., Anderson-Butcher, D., & Newman, T. (2020). Examination of Social Influence Toward Need Satisfaction of High School Student-Athletes. PHYSICAL EDUCATOR-US, 77(4), 708-730. Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/

Brgoch, S., Lower-Hoppe, L., Newman, T., & Hutton, T. (2020). Exploring team captain roles associated with athlete leadership classifications: Perspectives from collegiate coaches. Journal of Sport Behavior, 43(1).

Newman, T., & Anderson-Butcher, D. (2020). Mechanisms of life skill development and life skill transfer: Interconnections and distinctions.. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Newman, T. J., Lower-Hoppe, L., Anderson-Butcher, D., & Paluta, L. M. (2020). Process Evaluation Examining the Implementation of a Sport-Based Positive Youth Development Program. JOURNAL OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, 15(6), 70-90. doi:10.5195/jyd.2020.890

Lower-Hoppe, L., Newman, T., Brgoch, S., & Hutton, T. (2020). The management and development of sport team captains as human capital resources: Perspectives from collegiate coaches. International Journal of Sport Management.

Henderson, T., Bates, S., Anderson-Butcher, D., Amorose, A., Magier, E., & Newman, T. (2019). Tailoring supports to youth in schools: One approach to identifying needs and targeting intervention. International Journal of School Social Work, 20.

Kulick, A., Wernick, L. J., Espinoza, M. A. V., Newman, T. J., & Dessel, A. B. (2019). Three strikes and you?re out: culture, facilities, and participation among LGBTQ youth in sports. SPORT EDUCATION AND SOCIETY, 24(9), 939-953. doi:10.1080/13573322.2018.1532406

Newman, T. J., Okamoto, K., Kimiecik, C., Sohns, E., Burns, M., & Magier, E. (2019). The role of social workers in sport: shared values, interprofessional collaborations, and unique contributions. JOURNAL OF SPORT PSYCHOLOGY IN ACTION, 10(3), 160-173. doi:10.1080/21520704.2019.1642270

Anderson-Butcher, D., Amorose, A., Bates, S., Newman, T., Okamoto, K., & Volek, A. (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 camp. Journal of Sport Behavior, 42(4).

Newman, T., & Lower, L. (2019). Coaching the youth sport coach: Integrating theory and pedagogy through adventure-based experience. In Coaching education for the next decade: The need for a positive youth development paradigm..

Dillard, R., Newman, T. J., & Kim, M. (2019). Promoting Youth Competence Through Balanced and Restorative Justice: A Community-Based PYD Approach. JOURNAL OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, 14(4), 14-35. doi:10.5195/jyd.2019.804

Newman, T. J., Lower, L. M., & Brgoch, S. M. (2019). Developing sport team captains as formal leaders. JOURNAL OF SPORT PSYCHOLOGY IN ACTION, 10(3), 137-150. doi:10.1080/21520704.2019.1604590

Newman, T. J., Kim, M., Alvarez, M. A. G., & Tucker, A. R. (2018). Facilitative coaching: a guide for youth sport leaders. Leisure/Loisir, 42(2), 1-20. doi:10.1080/14927713.2017.1415165

Newman, T. J., Kim, M., Tucker, A. R., & Alvarez, M. A. G. (2018). Learning through the adventure of youth sport. PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORT PEDAGOGY, 23(3), 280-293. doi:10.1080/17408989.2017.1413708

Lower, L. M., Newman, T. J., & Anderson-Butcher, D. (2017). Validity and Reliability of the Teamwork Scale for Youth. RESEARCH ON SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE, 27(6), 716-725. doi:10.1177/1049731515589614

Newman, T. J., Alvarez, M. A. G., & Kim, M. (2017). An Experiential Approach to Sport for Youth Development. JOURNAL OF EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION, 40(3), 308-322. doi:10.1177/1053825917696833

Riley, A., Anderson-Butcher, D., Logan, J., Newman, T. J., & Davis, J. (2017). Staff Practices and Social Skill Outcomes in a Sport-Based Youth Program. JOURNAL OF APPLIED SPORT PSYCHOLOGY, 29(1), 59-74. doi:10.1080/10413200.2016.1179700

Amorose, A. J., Anderson-Butcher, D., Newman, T. J., Fraina, M., & Iachini, A. (2016). High school athletes' self-determined motivation: The independent and interactive effects of coach, father, and mother autonomy support. PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORT AND EXERCISE, 26, 1-8. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2016.05.005

Newman, T. J., Ortega, R. M., Lower, L. M., & Paluta, L. M. (2016). Informing priorities for coaching education: Perspectives from youth sport leaders. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCE & COACHING, 11(3), 436-445. doi:10.1177/1747954116645207

Lower, L., Newman, T., & Pollard, W. (2016). Examination of the 3x2 achievement goal model in recreational sport: Associations with perceived benefits of sport participation. International Journal of Sport Management, Recreation & Tourism, 26(c), 44-53. doi:10.5199/ijsmart-1791-874X-26c

Wade-Mdivanian, R., Anderson-Butcher, D., Newman, T., Ruderman, D., Smock, J., & Christie, S. (2016). Exploring the long-term impact of a positive youth development-based alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention program. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 60(3), 67-90.

Newman, T. J., & Alvarez, M. A. G. (2015). Coaching on the Wave: An Integrative Approach to Facilitating Youth Development. JOURNAL OF SPORT PSYCHOLOGY IN ACTION, 6(3), 127-140. doi:10.1080/21520704.2015.1073203

Newman, T., Lower, L., Wade-Mdivanian, R., Riley, A., & Anderson-Butcher, D. (2014). Promoting positive youth development among underserved youth in the United States through The Ohio State University’s LiFEsports. In Urban Sports Development.