Faculty & Staff

MEREDITH WHITLEY

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

EXERCISE SCIENCE, HEALTH STUDIES, PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORT MANAGEMENT

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Diplomas/Degrees

Ph.D., Michigan State University (2012)
Ed.M., Boston University (2008)
B.A., New York University (2005)

Recent Courses

Global Sport-Based Youth And Community Development
Internship
S/T: Sport For Development: Funding And Grant Writing
Sport And Exercise Psychology
Youth Development Through Sport And Physical Activity

Teaching Specializations/Interests

Sport-based youth development
Sport for development and peace
Global sports and development
Social issues/foundations in sport, physical activity, and physical education
Sport and physical activity programs for underserved youth
Service-learning and experiential education

Research Interests

Sport-based youth development
Sport for development and peace
Global sports and development
Physical activity-based service-learning programs
Sport and physical activity programs for underserved youth
Service-learning and experiential education

Grants/Sponsored Research

Massey, W. V., & Whitley, M. A. (2015). Against the odds: The development of a grounded theory for individuals from underserved communities who achieved personal and performance excellence through sport. Funded for $4,000 by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

Blom, L., Whitley, M. A., & Akpan, A. (2015). Power Forward Curriculum Development Project in Nigeria. Funded for $25,413.80 by the Africare.

Whitley, M. A., & Mercier, K. (2014). State Farm Insurance Company, Awarded to Pitch In For Baseball. Funded for $9,945 by Pitch In For Baseball.

Whitley, M. A., & Massey, W. V. (2014). Exploring Our Strengths and Our Future: A sport-based youth development program in Southern Queens, New York. Funded for $2,500 by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

Whitley, M. A. (February 2013). On the ground in Uganda: Exploring the role of sport and physical activity in promoting gender equality and female empowerment. Funded for $4,000 for the Adelphi University Faculty Development Grant.

Books

Hayden, L., Cook, A. & Whitley, M. A. (2014). School counselor resource series: Teaching life skills through physical activity. Alexandria, VA: American School Counseling Association.


Refereed Articles

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Massey, W. V., & Whitley, M. A. (2016), The role of sport for youth amidst trauma and chaos. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 8, 487-504.

Whitley, M. A., Coble, C., & Jewell, G. S. (2016), Evaluation of a sport-based youth development programme for refugees. Leisure/Loisir, 40, 175-199.

Whitley, M. A., Wright, E. M., & Gould, D. (2016), Coaches’ perspectives on teaching life skills to underserved South African children and youth. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 11, 312–326.

Whitley, M. A., Massey, W. V., & Leonetti, N. (2016), "Greatness (un)Channelled”: The role of sport in the life of an elite athlete who overcame multiple developmental risk factors. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 2, 194-212.

Whitley, M. A., Forneris, T., & Barker, B. (2015), The reality of sustaining community-based sport and physical activity programs to enhance the development of underserved youth: Challenges and potential strategies. Quest, 67, 409-423.

Whitley, M. A., & Johnson, A. (2015), Using a community-based participatory approach to research and programming in northern Uganda: Two researchers’ confessional tales. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 7, 620-641.

Massey, W. V., Whitley, M. A., Blom, L., & Gerstein, L. (2015), Sport for development and peace: A systems theory perspective on promoting sustainable change. International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, 16.

Hayden, L. A., Whitley, M. A., Cook, A. L., Dumais, A., Silva, M., & Scherer, A. (2015), An exploration of life skill development through sport in three international high schools. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 7, 759-775.

Blom, L. C., Judge, L., Whitley, M. A., Gerstein, L., Huffman, A., & Hillyer, S. (2015), Sport for development and peace: Experiences conducting U.S. and international programs. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 6, 1-16.

Whitley, M. A., Forneris, T., & Barker, B. (2014), The reality of evaluating community-based sport and physical activity programs to enhance the development of underserved youth: Challenges and potential strategies. Quest, 66, 218-232.

Whitley, M. A., & Walsh, D. (2014), A framework for the design and implementation of service-learning courses. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 85, 34-39.

Whitley, M. A. (2014), A draft conceptual framework of relevant theories to inform future rigorous research on student service-learning outcomes. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 20, 19-40.

Mercier, K., Whitley, M. A., & Manson, M. (2014), Middle-school assessments that contribute to literacy goals. Strategies, 27, 22-27.

Bean, E. A., Whitley, M. A., & Gould, D. (2014), Athlete impressions of a character-based sports program for underserved youth. Journal of Sport Behavior, 37, 3-23.

Forneris, T., Whitley, M. A., & Barker, B. (2013), The reality of implementing community-based sport and physical activity programs to enhance the development of underserved youth: Challenges and potential strategies. Quest, 65, 313-331.

Whitley, M. A., Wright, E. M., & Gould, D. (2013), Coaches’ perspectives on sport-plus programmes for underserved youth: An exploratory study in South Africa. Journal of Sport for Development, 1, 53-66.

Whitley, M. A., Hayden, L. A., & Gould, D. (2013), Growing up in the Kayamandi Township: I. The role of sport in helping youth overcome challenges within their community. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 5, 373-397.

Wright, E. M., Whitley, M. A., & Sabolboro, G. (2012), Conducting a TPSR program for an underserved girls’ summer camp. Agora for Physical Education and Sport, 14, 5-24.

Whitley, M. A. (2012), The Ikhaya sport programs in the Kayamandi Township. Agora for Physical Education and Sport, 14, 115-136.

Whitley, M. A., Bean, E. A., & Gould, D. (2011), On the fields of the Motor City: Underserved athletes’ perceptions of their coaches. Journal of Coaching Education, 4, 97-121.

Whitley, M. A., & Gould, D. (2010), Psychosocial development in refugee children and youth through the personal-social responsibility model. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 11, 118-138.

Gould, D., & Whitley, M. A. (2009), Sources and consequences of athletic burnout among college athletes. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 25, 16-30.


Invited Presentation/Lecture

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Dombin, C., Whitley, M. A., & Blom, L. (2016, June). Power Forward, Nigeria: Integrating TPSR into the curriculum development of a basketball-based youth development program. Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Conference, Boston, MA.

Kauer, K., Whitley, M. A., LaVoi, N., & Reuss-McCann, P. (2016, April). Community engagement. Social Justice through Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium, Bowling Green, OH.

Whitley, M. A. (2014, April). Seminar 14: Alignment for successful community engagement. seminar for the 2013-2014 Graduate Certification in Community Engagement, East Lansing, MI.

Walsh, D., & Whitley, M. A. (2013, June). Strategies and ideas for developing a service-learning course. Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Conference, Chicago, IL.

Whitley, M. A. (2010, June). Introducing TPSR in South Africa. Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Conference, Chicago, IL.

Whitley, M. A. (2010, June). Program development with refugee kids. Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Conference, Chicago, IL.

Whitley, M. A. (2010, May). Positive youth development through sport. College of Education, Southwest University, Chongqing, China.


Conference Presentations/Papers

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Whitley, M. A., & Massey, W. V. (2016). Navigating tensions in qualitative research: Methodology, geography, personality, and beyond. In 5th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport & Exercise. Chichester, United Kingdom.

Massey, W. V., & Whitley, M. A. (2016). The role of sport for disadvantaged youth: Emerging themes from a grounded theory investigation. In 5th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport & Exercise. Chichester, United Kingdom.

Blom, L. C., & Whitley, M. A. (2016). Creating dialogue and mutual understanding among diverse groups through sport for development and peace programs. In Social Justice through Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium. Bowling Green, OH.

Whitley, M. A., & Massey, W. V. (2015). Taking a community-based participatory approach to the design, implementation, and evaluation of a sport-based youth development program in New York City. In Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Indianapolis, IN.

Johnson, A., & Whitley, M. A. (2015). The future of girls’ sport participation in northern Uganda: Opportunities for sport and exercise psychology. In Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Indianapolis, IN.

Hayden, L. A., Whitley, M. A., Greenspan, S., Bednar, J., Gould, K. M., & Silva, M. (2015). Exploring collaboration between coaches and counselors to support positive youth development. In American Psychological Association Annual Convention. Toronto, Canada.

Blom, L. C., Gerstein, L., Whitley, M. A., Judge, L., Huffman, A., & Hillyer, S. (2015). Experiences conducting U.S. and international sport for development and peace programs. In American Psychological Association Annual Convention. Toronto, Canada.

Whitley, M. A., Massey, W. V. (2015). Saving grace or destructive force? The role of sport in violent and under-resourced communities. In 14th FEPSAC European Congress of Sport Psychology. Bern, Switzerland.

Johnson, A., & Whitley, M. A. (2014). Barriers to girls’ sport participation in northern Uganda. In North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Conference. Portland, OR.

Whitley, M. A., & Johnson, A. (2014). Reflecting on the realities of using a community-based participatory approach to research and programming in northern Uganda. In International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Whitley, M. A. (2014). Promoting peace and social inclusion through sport-based youth development programs. In American Psychological Association Annual Convention. Washington, D.C.

Hayden, L., & Whitley, M. A. (2014). Development of life and academic skills through physical exercise and sport. In American Psychological Association Annual Convention. Washington, D.C.

Whitley, M. A., Forneris, T., & Barker, B. (2014). The reality of evaluating community-based sport and physical activity programs to enhance the development of underserved youth: Challenges and potential strategies. In American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Whitley, M. A. (2013). A comprehensive conceptual model of service-learning. In International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement. Omaha, NE.

Whitley, M. A. (2013). Globalization of sport psychology: The need for service-learning in academic curricula. In Association for Applied Sport Psychology. New Orleans, LA.

Griffes, K., Whitley, M. A., & Gould, D. (2011). The role of sport and physical activity in leadership development of Army ROTC cadets. In Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Honolulu, HI.

Whitley, M. A., Gould, D., Hayden, L., Lauer, L., & Buckle, M. (2011). Challenges in conducting research and outreach in underserved communities: Lessons from the field. In Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Honolulu, HI.

Hayden, L. A., & Whitley, M. A. (2011). An ethnographic study of life skills development in Malaysian youth. In 13th FEPSAC European Congress of Sport Psychology. Madeira, Portugal.

Whitley, M. A., Hayden, L. A., & Gould, D. (2011). Sport-based positive youth development: A study in the Kayamandi Township in South Africa. In 13th FEPSAC European Congress of Sport Psychology. Madeira, Portugal.

Clocksin, B. D., Watson, D. L., Walsh, D., Dunn, R. J., Doolittle, S., Beale, A., McCarthy, J., & Whitley, M. A. (2011). Teaching personal and social responsibility. In American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. San Diego, CA.

Gould, D., Whitley, M. A., & Wright, E. (2010). Sport and underserved youth in South Africa. In International Congress on Coaching Education. Papendhol Olympic Training Center, Papendhol, Netherlands.

Whitley, M.A., Wright, E., & Gould, D. (2010). Coaches’ perspectives on positive youth development for underserved South African youth. In Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Providence, RI.

Whitley, M. A. (2010). The role of sport in the lives of refugee youth. In 19th Midwest Sport & Exercise Psychology Symposium. Muncie, IN.

Bean, E. A., Whitley, M. A., & Gould, D. (2009). TDPal evaluation: Experiences of underserved youth. In Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Salt Lake City, UT.

Gould, D., & Whitley, M. A (2009). Sport psychology and the underserved: Lessons from the field. In International Society of Sport Psychology 12th World Congress of Sport Psychology. Marrakesh, Morocco.


Other Scholarly/Artistic Work

Darnell, S. C., Whitley, M. A., & Massey, W. V. (2016). Changing methods and methods of change: Reflections on qualitative research in sport for development and peace. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 8, 571-577.

Honors and Accomplishments

Dissertation Award, Honorable Mention, International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement

University Distinguished Fellowship, Michigan State University