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Jennifer P. Agans

Assistant Professor, Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management

704L Ford Building
(814) 863-8983
jxa912@psu.edu
Pronouns: she/her

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Introduction

Jennifer P. Agans conducts research in the fields of youth development and recreation, seeking to promote healthy lifestyles and support youth programs. Her research focuses on adolescent and young adult experiences in sport and other recreational contexts and the links between these experiences and positive development and health across the life span. In this work, she also collaborates with practitioners to evaluate youth programs and understand their impact on participants. Past partner programs include Positive Coaching Alliance, the American Youth Circus Organization / American Circus Educators Association, and New York State 4-H.

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Recent Publications

“Pick your team wisely”: A case study of a long-standing research-practice partnership

Melton, T. N,, Agans, J. P., Lawhon, B. Materer, T. J., Freeman, S., & Taff, B.D. (2022). “Pick your team wisely”: A case study of a long-standing research-practice partnership. Evaluation and Program Planning. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2022.102169

Engagement, representation, and safety: Factors promoting belonging and positive interracial contact in urban parks

Powers, S.L., Webster, N., Agans, J.P., Graefe, A.R., & Mowen, A.J. (2022). Engagement, representation, and safety: Factors promoting belonging and positive interracial contact in urban parks, 69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2022.127517

Outdoor recreation as an asset for youth development in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

Reed, K.B., Hanna, S., Bai, S., & Agans, J.P. (2022). Outdoor recreation as an asset for youth development in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership 14(1).  https://doi.org/10.18666/JOREL-2022-V14-I1-11167