Tarkington Newman

Assistant Professor
Office: Social Work, Pettee Hall, Durham, NH 03824

Dr. Tarkington J. Newman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of New Hampshire. Additionally, he 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 is a member of the Executive Committee for the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports.

Through his scholarship, 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 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, and 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.

To date, he has published 39 peer-reviewed journal articles, presented 34 peer-reviewed international and national presentations, and helped secure over $3,402,400 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.

He is currently open (2021-2022) to work with undergraduate and graduate students with complementary research interests.


  • 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: Rsrch Exp/Social Work
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Social Work
  • SW 601: Research Methods Social Work
  • SW 798H: Honors Thesis
  • SW 860: Research Methods in Soc Work
  • SW 965: Program & Practice Evaluation

Selected Publications

Newman, T., Anderson-Butcher, D., Kendra, B., & 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.

Magier, E., Newman, T., Kimiecik, C., Okamoto, K., Beasley, L., Shute, L., & Tucker, A. (2021). Understanding the needs of social workers in sport settings: Opportunities for specialized education and training. Journal of Social Work Education.

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.

Newman, T., Magier, E., Okamoto, K., Kimiecik, C., Shute, L., Beasley, L., & Tucker, A. (2021). Social work in sport: Playmakers in the athletic arena. Journal of Social Work.

Newman, T. J., Santos, F., Black, S., & Bostick, K. (2021). Learning Life Skills Through Challenging and Negative Experiences. CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SOCIAL WORK JOURNAL. doi:10.1007/s10560-021-00739-y

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

Newman, T. J., Lower-Hoppe, L. M., Burch, M., & Paluta, L. M. (2020). Advancing positive youth development-focused coach education: contextual factors of youth sport and youth sport leader perceptions. MANAGING SPORT AND LEISURE. doi:10.1080/23750472.2020.1766760

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

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.

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

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.

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 http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

Newman, T., Magier, E., Kimiecik, C., & Burns, M. (2020). 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.

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., & 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..

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. 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

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., 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

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

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.

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

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.