College Directory

Takington Newman



Associate Professor; Director, Sport Social Work Research Lab
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Alma Mater

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

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

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
  • Normative & Social Justice Life Skills
  • Coach Education
  • Sport Social Work
  • Qualitative Research Methods


  • Wernick, L., Brown, D., Kluch, Y., Newman, T., Shute, L., Lerario, M., & Harrison, J. (2024). Policing gender and sexuality in high school sports: The mediating impact of hearing anti-LGBTQ+ language on student-athletes self-esteem across gender identity, sexual orientation, and race. Journal of Sport and Social Issues
  • Newman, T., Okamoto, K., Beasley, L., Kimiecik, C., Lee, L., Shute, L., Tarr, C., Magier, E., & Tucker, A. (2024). Sport social work: Unique opportunities, benefits, and barriers. Sport Social Work Journal.
  • Camiré, M., Santos, F., Newman, T., Vella, S. MacDonald, D., Milistetd, M., Pierce, S., & Strachan, L. (2023). Positive youth development as a guiding framework in sport research: Is it time to plan for a transition? Psychology of Sport & Exercise.
  • Turgeon, S., Newman, T., Lee, L., Nicholas, O., & Bean, C. (2023). Social justice attitudes and behavioral intentions of NCAA student-athletes: The role of life skills. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.
  • Newman, T., Jefka, B., Brennan, N., Lee, L., Bostick, K., Tucker, A., Stiehl Figueroa, I., & Alvarez, M.A.G. (2023). Intentional practices of adventure therapy facilitators: Shining light into the black box. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.
  • Tucker, A., DeMille, S., Newman, T., Atanasova, C., Bryan, P. & Keefe, M., & Smitherman, L. (2023). How adolescents view the role of the wilderness in wilderness therapy: “I am in the middle of nowhere and that is okay”. Children and Youth Services Review
  • Bishop, E., Turgeon, S., Tang, W., Newman, T., Strachan, L., Bean, C., & Camiré, M. (2023). White privilege in Canadian high school sport: Investigating white coaches’ perspectives on social justice issues. Sport Coaching Review.
  • Tarr, C., Newman, T., Santos, F., & Turgeon, S. (2023). The duality of sport social workers coaching critical positive youth development within competitive youth sport. International Sport Coaching Journal.
  • Robinson, E., Newman, T., Scheadler, T., Lower-Hoppe, L., & Baeth, A. (2023). The unique lived experiences of LGBQ athletes: A collegiate women’s rugby club team as an inclusive and empowering community. Journal of Homosexuality.
  • Tredinnick, L., Newman, T., Bosetti, R., Hyzak, K., Reynolds, J., & Weaver, R. (2023). Conformity to masculine norms and attitudes toward sexual behavior: A study among college students involved in sport. Sport Social Work Journal, 3(1), 77-94.
  • Newman, T., McCray, K., Lower-Hoppe, L., Ingram, D., Rockhill, C., Ohanasian, J., & Simmons- Horton, S. (2023). Healthy masculinity construction: The influence of race, faith, and athletics. Children & Society, 37(3), 854-874.
  • Newman, T., Turgeon, S., Moore, M., Bean., C., Lee, L., Knuettel, M., & Osmers Rahill, C. (2023). The dual pandemic: COVID-19, systemic racism, and college student-athlete mental health. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.
  • Winn, S., Grenier, M., & Newman, T. (2022). Utilizing the framework of life skills development to promote social emotional learning in elementary physical education. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. 93(6), 42-50.
  • Newman, T., Santos, F., Pierce, S., Collins, K., & Mercier, V. (2022). Coach education and development within a contemporary social justice society: Implications for future research and potential pitfalls. Quest, 74(3), 234-250.
  • Rockhill, C., Newman, T., Ingram, D., Lower-Hoppe, L., & Brgoch, S. (2022). Exploring how urban male youth athletes understand and value their own identities. Journal of Sport Behavior, 45(2).
  • Santos, F., Newman, T., Aytur, S., & Farias, C. (2022). Aligning physical literacy with critical positive youth development and student-centred pedagogy: Implications for today’s youth. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living – Physical Activity in the Prevention and Management of Diseases. 4(845827).
  • Newman, T., Magier, E., Okamoto, K., Kimiecik, C., Shute, L., Beasley, L., & Tucker, A. (2022). Social work in sport: Playmakers in the athletic arena. Journal of Social Work, 22(3), 692-714.
  • Magier, E., Newman, T., Kimiecik, C., Okamoto, K., Beasley, L., Shute, L., & Tucker, A. (2022). Understanding the needs of social workers in sport settings: Opportunities for specialized education and training. Journal of Social Work Education.
  • Newman, T., Santos, F., Pierce, S., Collins, K., Barcelona, R., & Mercier, V. (2022). Scholars’ perspectives of positive youth development in coach education for high school sports. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy.
  • Beasley, L., Newman, T., & Hardin, R. (2022). Applying social work values to practice in sport: Perspectives of licensed social workers employed in collegiate athletics. Advances in Social Work, 21(4), 1212-1228.
  • Newman, T., Okamoto, K., Kimiecik, C., Magier, E., Beasley, L., Shute, L., Knuettel, M., Tarr, C., & Tucker, A. (2022). Sport as an emerging area of social work practice: New playmakers in the athletic arena. Sport Social Work Journal, 1(1), 35-52.
  • Lower-Hoppe, L., Anderson-Butcher, D., Newman, T., & Logan, J. (2021). The influence of peers on life skill development in a sport-based positive youth development program. Journal of Sport for Development, 9(2), 69-85.
  • Camiré, M., Newman, T., Bean, C., & Strachan, L. (2021). Reimagining positive youth development and life skills through a social justice lens. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 34(6), 1058-1076.
  • Newman, T., & 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.
  • Newman, T., Magier, E., Kimiecik, C., & Burns, M. (2021). The relationship between youth sport participation and the onset of and/or adherence to aggressive and violent behavior: A scoping review of the literature. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 12(2), 371-388.
  • Newman, T., Black, S., Santos, F., Jefka, B., & Brennan, N. (2021). Coaching life skill development and transfer: A scoping review of facilitative coaching practices in youth sports. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology.
  • Newman, T., Santos, F., Black, S., & Bostick, K. (2021). Learning life skills through challenging and negative experiences. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.
  • Newman, T., Jefka, B., Lower-Hoppe, L., Kimiecik, C., Brgoch, S., Dillard, R., Dwyer, K., Rockhill, C., & Ingram, D. (2021). Youth identity formation: (Mis)alignment between male youth and sport coaches. Children and Youth Services Review, 120(105733).
  • Newman, T., 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.
  • Newman, T., Lower, L., Burch, M., & Paluta, L. (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.
  • Newman, T., Lower-Hoppe, L., Anderson-Butcher, D., & Paluta, L. (2020). Process evaluation examining the implementation of a sport-based positive youth development program. Journal of Youth Development, 15(6), 70-90.
  • Fraina, M., Pastore, D., Anderson-Butcher, D., & Newman, T. (2020). Examination of social influence toward psychological need satisfaction of high school student-athletes. The Physical Educator, 77(4), 760-783.
  • 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, 21(3), 261-292.
  • Newman, T., Santos, F., Fonseca, 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.
  • Newman, T. (2020). Life skill development and transfer: “They’re not just meant for playing sports”. Research on Social Work Practice, 30(6), 643-657.
  • Newman, T., Anderson-Butcher, D., & Amorose, A. (2020). Examining the influence of sport program staff and parental support on youth outcomes. Applied Developmental Science, 24(3), 263-278.
  • 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, 30(1), 28-49.
  • Lower-Hoppe, L., Beattie, M., Wray, D., Bailey, R., Newman, T., & Farrell, A. (2020). The relationships between sport club activities and university and member attachment. Recreational Sports Journal, 44(1), 5-14.
  • Henderson, T., Bates, S., Anderson-Butcher, D., Amorose, A., Magier, E., & Newman, T. (2020). Tailoring supports to youth in schools: One approach to identifying needs and targeting intervention. International Journal of School Social Work, 5(1), Article 2.
  • Lower-Hoppe, L., Heuett, K., Brgoch, S., & Newman, T. (2020). Communication and team performance: A case study of Division I football captains. International Journal of Sport Communication, 13(1), 77-96.
  • Kimiecik, J., Horn, T. Newman, T., & Kimiecik, C. (2020). Moving adolescents for a lifetime of physical activity: Shifting to interventions aligned with the third health revolution. Health Psychology Review, 14(40), 486-503.
  • Dillard, R., Newman, T., & Kim, M. (2019). Youth competence through balanced and restorative justice: A community-based PYD approach. Journal of Youth Development, 14(4), 14-35.
  • Anderson-Butcher, D., Newman, T., Amorose, A., Okamoto, K., Bates, S., & 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), 394-414.
  • Newman, T., Okamoto, K., Kimiecik, C., Sohns, E., Burns, M., & Magier, E. (2019). The role of social workers in sport: Shared values and opportunities for interprofessional collaborations. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action,10(3), 137-150.
  • Newman, T., Lower, L., & Brgoch, S. (2019). Developing sport team captains as formal leaders. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 10(3), 160-173.
  • Kulick, A., Wernick, L., Espinoza, M., Newman, T., & Dressel, A., (2019). Three strikes and you’re ‘out’: Culture, facilities, and participation in among LGBTQ youth in sports. Sport, Education, and Society, 24(9), 939-953.
  • Newman, T., Kim, M., Alvarez, A., & Tucker, A. (2018). Facilitative coaching: A guide for youth sport leaders. Leisure/Loisir, 42(2), 129-148.
  • Newman, T., Kim, M., Tucker, A., & Alvarez, A. (2018). Learning through the adventure of youth sport. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 23(3), 280-293.
  • Newman, T., Alvarez, A., & Kim, M. (2017). An experiential approach to sport for youth development. Journal of Experiential Education, 40(3), 308-322.
  • Riley, A., Anderson-Butcher, D., Logan, J., Newman, T., & Davis, J. (2017). Staff practices and social skill outcomes in a sport-based youth program. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 29(1), 59-74.
  • Lower, L., Newman, T., & Anderson-Butcher, D. (2017). Validity and reliability of the teamwork scale for youth. Research on Social Work Practice, 27(6), 716-725.
  • 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 drugs prevention program. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 60(3), 67-90.
  • Lower, L., Newman, T., & Pollard, W. (2016). Examination of the 3×2 achievement goal model in recreational sport: Associations with perceived benefits of sport participation. International Journal of Sport Management, Recreation & Tourism, 26(c), 44-53.
  • Amorose, A., Anderson-Butcher, D., Newman, T., 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.
  • Newman, T., Ortega, R., Lower, L., & Paluta, L. (2016). Informing priorities for coaching education: Perspectives from youth sport leaders. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 11(3), 422-435.
  • Newman, T., & Alvarez, A. (2015). Coaching on the wave: An integrative approach to facilitating youth development. Journal of Sports Psychology in Action, 6(3), 127-140.

Current Projects

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

Get to Know

Dr. Newman is committed to serving youth (ages 10-24) who are socially vulnerable and/or at-risk for behavioral and mental health concerns. Their research focuses on promoting critical positive youth development through sport and physical activity, specifically related to the development and transfer of normative life skills (e.g., emotional regulation, teamwork, leadership) and social justice life skills (e.g., antiracism, LGBTQ+ allyship, healthy masculinity, mental health literacy).