Positive youth development (through sport and recreation)
Youth of color who are socially vulnerable and at-risk
Life skill development and life skill transfer
Youth sport leader practices
Experiential learning theory and adventure pedagogy
Tarkington J. Newman (MSW, University of Michigan; MS, The Ohio State University) is a doctoral candidate in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University (OSU). He previously worked as Graduate Research Associate for The LiFEsports Initiative and was awarded a Graduate Enrichment Fellowship while at OSU. Tarkington’s research interests focus on positive youth development, primarily through sport and recreation among youth of color living in urban settings who are socially vulnerable and/or at-risk for poor developmental outcomes. Specifically, his focus is on the role of the youth sport leader (e.g., sport coach) and their coaching practices related to facilitating life skill development and promoting life skill transfer. Additionally, he is interested in the utilization of experiential learning theory and adventure pedagogy to enhance programs serving youth. Tarkington has current co-authored 11 publications (6 first-author) in peer-refereed journals such as: Research on Social Work Practice, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, and Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. Tarkington also has independently taught a six undergraduate courses in social work and sport science departments such as: Applying Evidence (SWK 3402 – Online); Prevention and Youth Development though Sport, Recreation and Play (SWK 2110); and Contemporary Issues in Sport (HHK 343). In addition to his academic work, he was trained as a school social worker, where he specialized in adventure-based therapy. He also has spent the last decade working with youth, their families, and the community through his service of coaching youth sports.