Dr. Jerry Reynolds
Dr. Jerry Reynolds
<b>Department: </b>Social Work<br><b>Research Area: </b>Family dynamics in youth sports, mainly examining the programmatic dimensions and parent behaviors in youth sports.<br>

Department: Social Work

Research Focus: My research focuses upon family dynamics in youth sports, mainly examining the programmatic dimensions and parent behaviors in youth sports.

Potential Student Project(s): 

Currently working with a local youth sports organization to assess parent spectator behaviors and develop educational interventions to promote positive parent engagement.

Analyzing data related to parent spectator behavior and working on several papers to look at how race and other demographic influence parent and family behaviors.


Analyzing data related to a study conducted on virtual youth sport spectating and its influence upon parent behaviors towards their children.


Serve as the College of Health liaison to Muncie Community Schools partner, Grissom Elementary. Will continue to work with school to engage College in appropriate programming, based upon their needs and aligning them with expertise and resources of the COH.


Serve as the Vice President of the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports, will have opportunities for student to engage in the growth and advancement of this organization.


Attributes/skills/background sought in undergraduate: 

A willingness to learn and an interest in acquiring research skills and working across several academic disciplines.

Mentoring Plan:

Meet with student once a week for an hour and work in four major contexts:

  • Help student advance needs assessment skills to determine appropriate engagement with sports organizations. (Needs Assessment)
  • Help student learn how to align research interests and designs with the needs of community partners (Learning Research Design)
  • Help student conduct research and necessary skills associated with interdisciplinary research (Conducting Research)
  • Help student grow their research analysis and writing skills associated with projects (Research Analysis and Writing)

Contact: 765-285-1015, HB 519