Tarkington Newman

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

Tarkington Newman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of New Hampshire. Through his research, he is committed to serving youth populations who are socially vulnerable and at-risk for behavioral health problems. Specifically, Tarkington’s research focuses on positive youth development through sport, recreation, and adventure-based learning. Using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, his research investigates the mechanisms and factors that promote life skill development and transfer, as well as prevent aggressive and violent behaviors. Tarkington also is involved in the development of PYD-focused coaching education that enhances coaches’ ability to facilitate life skill development and transfer through competitive athletics.


  • D, Ohio State University
  • M.S., Ohio State University
  • M.S.W., University of Michigan
  • B. Com., 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 860: Research Methods in Soc Work
  • SW 965: Program & Practice Evaluation

Selected Publications

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

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.

Fraina, M., Pastore, D., Anderson-Butcher, D., & Newman, T. (2020). Examination of social influence toward psychological need satisfaction of high school student-athletes.

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.

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).

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., 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., 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..

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

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), 129-148. doi:10.1080/14927713.2017.1415165

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.

Newman, T. J., Lower-Hoppe, L. M., Burch, M., & Paluta, L. M. (n.d.). Advancing positive youth development-focused coach education: contextual factors of youth sport and youth sport leader perceptions. Managing Sport and Leisure, 1-15. doi:10.1080/23750472.2020.1766760

Kimiecik, J., Horn, T., Newman, T. J., & Kimiecik, C. M. (n.d.). Moving adolescents for a lifetime of physical activity: shifting to interventions aligned with the third health revolution. Health Psychology Review, 1-18. doi:10.1080/17437199.2019.1700820

Dillard, R., Newman, T. J., & Kim, M. (n.d.). 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