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McNair Scholar 2016Jayson Watkins

Jayson Watkins s a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, double majoring in sport management and psychology. His research interests include examining the relationship between the emphasis of hyper-masculinity and aggression in male athletes and domestic violence. Mr. Watkins plans to earn his Psy.D. in counseling psychology with an emphasis on sport psychology.

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My goal as a practicing psychologist is to break down the stigma associated with mental health disorders, especially among people of color. I plan to do this by using my platform and experience to offer complimentary sessions and services to lower-income and other communities in need.

Research project

Parent understanding of and involvement in organized, out-of-school youth activities

Abstract: The Kids Involvement and Diversity Study (KIDS) project sets out to examine the development, accessibility, and involvement in organized, out-of-school activities in the Twin Cities. My contribution to the project focuses directly on parent understanding of and involvement in youth activities. Research suggests parental influences are generally positive; indicating their children achieve greater success in school, stay out of trouble, and develop important life skills and values. Parent interviews are being conducted to identify themes from personal experiences in youth activities. Preliminary findings suggest preparation for their children’s future and class and access, were two important parental views. Prior research on the topic and our current research has also shown a lack of resources available to parents, especially in the Twin Cities. Future research will explore resources and support available to parents in the North Minneapolis community. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Douglas Hartmann is currently a professor in the Department of Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hartmann attended the University of California, San Diego where he earned his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1997. His research interests include: race, ethnicity and immigration, sociology of culture, sport studies, and social movements. Dr. Hartmann is highly respected in his field by his numerous publications, presentations, and awards. Dr. Hartmann is currently working on his new book, Midnight Basketball: Race, Sport, and Neoliberal Social Policy.