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Takington Newman



Associate Professor; Director, Sport Social Work Research Lab
Patterson Office Tower #1827

Alma Mater

Ohio State University – PhD in Social Work, Master of Science in Kinesiology – Sport Management

University of Michigan – Master of Social Work (School Social Worker Specilization

Central Michigan University – Bachelor of Science (Psychology), Minor Human Nutrition, Athlete Coaching Endorsement (Physical Education and Sport)

Areas of Expertise

  • Critical Positive Youth Development
  • Youth Sport
  • Coach Education
  • Social Justice Life Skills
  • Sport Social Work
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Current Projects

  • College Athlete & Coach Mental Health
  • Social Justice Promotion in High School Athletics
  • International Youth Sport & Youth Development
  • Sport Social Work

Get to Know

Dr. Tarkington J. Newman is an Associate Professor and the Director of the 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. Specifically, their research focuses on promoting critical positive youth development–such as social justice life skills (e.g., antiracism, LGBTQ+ allyship, mental health literacy)–through sport and other forms of physical activity.