Tarkington Newman, Chair

Rick Weaver

Lorin Mordecai

Jerry Reynolds 

Kathryn Coxe

Victor Kidd

Kaitlin Okamoto

Lindsey Sanders  

Marlene Holmes

Erica Magier 

Note: This committee is inclusive of all early career scholars and other interested individuals, including doctoral-, masters-, and bachelor-level students, as well as junior faculty who are interested in and/or pursuing social work and sport scholarship. 

Strategic Plan Goals

1. Provide a source of ongoing support for early career scholars who are engaged in scholarly activities (e.g., course work, dissertation, job market) that examine the intersectionality of social work and sport. 


2. Maintain a depository of academic resources (e.g., articles, books, methodological expertise, grant opportunities). 


3. Offer a medium for collaboration on scholarly research studies, manuscripts, and presentations. 

Please contact Tarkington Newman if you would like to join the Early Scholars Committee.

Member Bios 

Lorin Mordecai, MSW, LSW is a PhD Candidate at the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Social Work. Her research is focused on the intersection of violence against women in the sports context such as gender-based violence, bystander intervention, and human trafficking. Lorin is a part-time lecturer for UConn MSW Program, academic mentor for UConn Athletics Student Athlete Success Program, as well as a facilitator for Northeastern University’s Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program. She is also a the Co-Chair of the ASWIS Committee on College Sports.    

Lindsey Sanders is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose population of interest is college and professional athletes. She is a 2001 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Recreation and Sport Management. She worked in professional sports management for nine years, including experience as the Production Coordinator at the Georgia Dome, and as a Player Representative at Wales Business Management, in Atlanta, GA. In 2012, Lindsey earned Master's degrees in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina A&T State University. Her clinical experience includes school-based therapy in Guilford, Randolph, and Chatham County Schools, as well as private practice outpatient therapy. Lindsey is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Pubic Health Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where her research interests include athlete mental wellness, and access to care. She works at the Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness, the educational partner of the NCAA, where she has served on teams that created intervention and education programs for the NCAA and NFL. She also serves as the Counseling and Education Liaison for UNCG Athletics, where she provides clinical intervention to UNCG student-athletes. 

Marlene Holmes was born in Louisville, Kentucky but currently resides in Miami, Florida.  She was raised in a military family which granted her the opportunity to travel the world, learn different cultures, and become exposed to new life experiences. Ms. Holmes was an athletic scholarship recipient and attended Independence College and Bethune-Cookman University for volleyball and tennis. Ms. Holmes also earned her MSW while attending the University of Central Florida. She now attends Barry University in Miami Shores as a doctorate student in social work. Her area of research focuses on the experience identity foreclosure for athletes who transition out of NCAA sports.  Ms. Holmes is passionate about educating others and  is currently a Corporate Trainer for behavioral health and medical healthcare facilities throughout the US. 

 Erica Magier is a 2nd-year doctoral student in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University. Erica earned her MSW from Ohio State through the advanced standing program (ASAP) with a specialization in school social work; she is also a licensed social worker in the state of Ohio. Her research interests include non-academic barriers to success, school social work, school-community connections, and solution-focused brief therapy. In addition to her Graduate Research Associate position, she serves as a Research Assistant for the Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association.


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). While at OSU he was awarded a Graduate Enrichment Fellowship and served as Graduate Research Associate for LiFEsports, a university-wide initiative designed to promote social welfare and healthy development among youth of color from economically disadvantaged communities. Using his training in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, Tarkington’s scholarly interests and research publications focus on positive youth development, primarily through sport and recreation among populations of youth who are socially vulnerable and at-risk for poor developmental outcomes. His dissertation, which received the OSU College of Social Work Merriss Cornell Scholarship Award is titled “Life skill development and transfer: Experiences of socially vulnerable youth in a community sport-based positive youth development program.” Specifically, using sequenced semi-structured interviews and photo-elicitation methods, he examined the mechanisms and factors that contribute to the processes of life skill development and life skill transfer among youth of color from economically disadvantaged communities. Tarkington also developed several interdisciplinary partnerships throughout the community, across the campus, and among other universities. These collaborations have resulted in 11 peer-reviewed publications, 6 of which he is the lead author. As an independent course instructor, Tarkington has taught both classroom and online courses in areas such as introduction to social work, positive youth development, and research methods. Moreover, as a servant leader, he has been dedicated to promoting social justice throughout his community as a program evaluation consultant for youth-serving organizations and a youth sport coach at a community school. Tarkington is expected to graduate in December 2018.

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