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Dr. Jerry Reynolds (President) (Term Ends 2024)

Dr. Reynolds is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at Ball State University. A Michigan native and long-time Gulf Coast resident, he finished his doctorate at LSU in June 2020. His dissertation explored the dynamics of youth sport parent behavior in light of new spectator laws in Louisiana.

The goals of his research are to better understand family dynamics and how youth sports participation supports family functioning. He also has served as a volunteer coach of various sports at the youth, middle, high school, and collegiate levels. A former college athlete himself, Jerry is a founding member of the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports. He also has research interests in medical social work practice.

Jerry has 17 years of post-MSW experience in various macro and micro social work capacities. While working on his doctorate, he worked full-time as a dialysis social worker. After Hurricane Katrina, he worked in community development for four years and has five years of nonprofit management experience and has served as an adjunct instructor with LSU and The University of Alabama’s MSW programs. He holds a BSW from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and his MSW is from the University of Michigan.

Ms. Charlotte Warren, LCSW, LCAS (Vice President) (Term Ends 2024)

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Natalie Graves, AM, LCSW, CADC (Secretary) (Term Ends 2023)


Natalie Graves is based in Chicago, IL. where she has a private practice specializing in athletes’ mental health and performance. She is the author of an athlete workbook entitled The Athlete’s Prepbook. In her practice, Natalie works with athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA, Olympic hopefuls, and youth sports.

Natalie received her master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and her bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University. She was a visiting student at the University of Maryland where she studied abroad in London, England in the Sport, Commerce, and Culture in the Global Marketplace Program. Natalie completed an Addictions Studies Program at City Colleges of Chicago Kennedy-King College. She also completed 30 classroom hours in compulsive gambling disorders. 


Dr. Kimberly Outlaw (Treasurer) (Term Ends 2023)

Dr. Kimberly Outlaw received her Ph.D. in 2019 from the Department of Addictions & Rehabilitation at East Carolina University in Greenville North Carolina. Her research interests include minority athletes and the relationship between depression and substance abuse in the collegiate sports setting. She has published several research journals with topics, ranging from advocacy, mental health, and substance usage as it relates to the athletic population. She received her B.S. in Child Development Family Relations (2008) and a master’s in social work (2010). Dr. Outlaw is a licensed professional in the fields of substance abuse and mental health and has worked as a therapist in the field for a growing number of years. Currently Dr. Outlaw serves in academia part time as an instructor at a number of college institutions, and full time as a therapist.

VACANT (Director of Communications) (Term Ends 2023)

VACANT (Membership Director) (Term Ends 2023) 

VACANT (Program Director) (Term Ends 2023)

Dr. Stacy Kratz (Member At-Large) (Term Ends 2023)

Dr. Kratz is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.  She started her social work career at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, and joined USC in 2011. She is faculty lead for the school’s Sport Social Work Task Force and teaches across the curriculum, including the policy-sequence coursework, Global Social Work, and research and leadership in the Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) Program. In 2016, she was awarded the Jane Addams Faculty Award, the first faculty member living outside of LA to be awarded in this way. As a social work researcher, Dr. Kratz has presented nationally and internationally on faculty development, intervention-specific best practices, health promotion and disease prevention in a global context, and global development and peace through sport.  In addition to her work in higher education, Dr. Kratz is part of the leadership team of the NASW Tampa Bay Unit, and in 2010 was awarded Tampa Bay’s Social Worker of the Year.  She maintains a private practice, serving vulnerable populations including athletes and their families in the Tampa Bay region, and is founder and chair of the Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force Mental Health Initiative, leading an interdisciplinary team who counsel resettlement programs on evidence-based practices concerning refugee mental health initiatives, including athletics.

Dr. Alex Diaz (Member At-Large) (Term Ends 2024)

Dr. Alex Diaz is a licensed psychotherapist and a Certified Sports Social Worker with over 25 years of experience providing mental health strategies. He holds a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Diaz provides mental wellness support to athletes who seek coping skills to manage the highly stressful demands of sports performance and personal life. He teaches proven strategies that enhance emotional resilience by applying cognitive and holistic strategies to improve emotional regulation, manage stress, and regain focus. Dr. Diaz conducts his work in private practice in New York. He serves as a mental wellness consultant to Iona University, a DI athletic program. Also, he is listed in the US Olympic and Paralympic Athletes Mental Health Registry, US Cycling Mental Wellness, and the NFLPA Clinician Directory. Dr. Diaz has spoken and written about sport psychology and mental wellness strategies to improve stress management, injury rehabilitation, team building, motivation, post-concussion rehabilitation, and coach-athlete relationships.

Ta’Liya M. Braden (Term Ends 2024)


Taliya Braden is finishing her Masters in Mental Health Counseling with a minor in Sport and Performance Psychology. She previously graduated with her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Social Welfare Advocacy. Both degrees were obtained at Indiana University Bloomington. She is excited to expand her knowledge outside of Indiana. As an aspiring Athletic Counselor, she i  excited to be your Student Member at Large! 

Ms. Anita A. Daniels (Immediate Past President) (Term Ends 2024)

Anita A. Daniels is a licensed clinical social worker, addictions specialist, forensic evaluator, and Adjunct Professor of Social Work at North Carolina Central University (NCCU).  She also offers sports counseling and consulting services to current/former athletes, their families, athletic/university personnel, and other professionals serving this unique population.

Anita obtained the Master of Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill, Bachelor of Social Work from East Carolina University, and a graduate certificate in Sports Counseling from California University of Pennsylvania. She offers mental health and addictions counseling for Duke student-athletes. Anita was apppointed by Governor Roy Cooper for a two-year term to the North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Praoctice Board. She offers individual and group clinical supervision and serves as a field instructor for students pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work, psychology, criminal justice, counseling, and human services.

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