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David  Walsh

David Walsh, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor

Office Number: 104Q GAR
Phone: 713.743.5783
Fax: 713.743.9860


Mailing Address:
3875 Holman St., Rm 104 Garrison
Houston, TX 77204-6015

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Research Interests

My primary research aim is development through sport. I have two distinct focal applications for this aim. First, I examine how sport is used as a resource to overcome difficult life transitions in adulthood and its effects on quality of life. My research agenda is set up to test sport participation on various transition points across the life-course both cross-sectionally and longitudinally. Second, I investigate how sport business organizations may grow and develop, seeking strategic uses of sport programs and its delivery. The expected results will illuminate innovative ways to strategically meet both short-term and long-term sustainability objectives. Further, this second aim is used to inform my class curriculum and build sport industry relationships for future internship and job placements for students.

Other Interests: Development of sport, experiential learning in the sport setting, and using sport programs as marketing brand extensions.

Current Courses: Sport Communication, Administration of Sport and Physical Activity, Sport Administration Seminar, Field Internships, Sport Marketing (summer only), Sport Governance (summer only), Developmental Aspects of Sport (Graduate Level), PR/Media of Sport (Graduate Level)

Recent Publications and Research Activity

Walsh, D.W., *Cepni, A.B., Ledoux, T.A., & Johnston, C.A. (2023). Using the sport of soccer as a vehicle to promote academic performance in disadvantaged schools PE curriculum: A randomized-controlled trial. To be submitted to Journal Public Health.

*Washington, M.F., Walsh, D.W., & Johnston, C.A. (2023). Ready for life-after sport transitions? Examining the association between resources and well-being in collegiate athletes. To be submitted to the Journal on Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics.

*Cepni, A. B., Vilson, Helbing, R. R., Walsh, D.W., Johnston, C.A., Yoon, C.Y., Hughes, S.O., & Ledoux, T.A (2023). The most optimal school recruitment strategies for school-based health promotion and obesity prevention research: A systematic review with Delphi study. To be submitted to Obesity Reviews.

Berg, B., Hutchinson, M., Wells, J.E., Walsh, D.W., Simmond, A., & Havard, C.T. (in review). The discourse of name, image, and likeness in college athletics. Journal on Issues of Intercollegiate Athletics.

*Goodman L.P., Walsh D.W., Kunin-Batson, A., Sherwood, N.E., Arlinghaus, K.A. (in review). Adolescent sources of stress, stress levels, and associations between stress and changes in weight outcomes at the time of COVID-19 related school closure in March 2020. Preventative Medicine Reports.

Arlinghaus, K.R., Walsh, D.W., *Wagner, G., *Cepni, A.B., Meyer, S., Ledoux, T.A., & Johnston, C.A. (in revision). Lunch skipping behaviors among adolescents receiving free school meals. Nutrition and Health.

*Reed, J.T., Laughlin, M.S., Tate, A.R., Walsh, D.W., Bailey, L.B., & O’Connor, D.P. (in review). A 24- week strength training program to mitigate shoulder injury risk in youth swimmers: feasibility and impact. Journal of Sport and Health Science.

Walsh, D.W., *Ferrara, M., Arlinghaus, K.R., & Johnston, C.A. (2022). Sport: A holistic approach to lifestyle medicine. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.

Habeeb, C. M., Warner, S., & Walsh, D.W. (2022). Managing mental health: Athlete help-seeking. Sport Management Review. doi: 10.1080/14413523.2021.2018836

Berg, B., Warner, S., Walsh, D.W., & Wells, J. (2021). NCAA athlete development and retention: Administrators’ Perspectives. The American Athletic Conference-Academic Research Grant Program. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 14, 694-716.

Walsh, D.W., Green, B.C., Harrison, T., & Bowers, M.T. (2019). “Sport as a resource caravan”: Understanding how adults utilize sport as a developmental tool. Journal of Global Sport Management. doi: 10.1080/24704067.2019.1669204

Walsh, D.W., Green, B.C., Holahan, C., Cance, J.D., & Lee, D. (2019). Healthy aging?: An evaluation of sport participation as a resource for older adults in retirement. Journal of Leisure Research, 50, 56-80.

#Russell, A.M., Cottingham, M., Barry, A., Lee, D., & Walsh, D.W. (2018). Students transitioning to college and out of competitive sport: Athletic identity, coping, and stress. Journal of Applied Sport Management, 10(4), 34-50.

#Daniels, E., Cottingham II, M., Walsh, D.W., & Pearson, D.W. (2017). An evaluation of university recreation center outdoor programs for people with disabilities: Perspectives from professionals. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.

Walsh, D.W., Green, B.C., & Cottingham, M. (2017). Examining the efficacy of youth sport camps to build customer relationships. Leisure Studies, 36(5), 657-669. doi: 10.1080/02614367.2016.1240222

Griffiths, R., Barton-Weston, H., & Walsh, D.W. (2016). Sport transitions as epiphanies. Journal of Amateur Sport, 2(2), 29-49.

*Denotes Ph.D. student; #Denotes Master’s student

Recent Awards

2022 Commission of Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) Hall of Fame “Ultimate Utility Man” inductee (Feb. 2022)

2018 University of Houston’s Provost Award for Teaching Excellence

2017 University of Houston’s CLASS Ross M. Lence Award for Teaching Excellence

Practical Experience

I have over 14 years of direct sport industry experience that includes professional sports, college athletics, non-profit organizations, and sport entrepreneurs, most notably with the San Antonio Spurs from 2002 to 2011. Other organizations I worked for include: USA Football, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Metro Atlanta, Forever Sports, Inc., Atlanta Hawks, University of Kentucky Athletics, and Kentucky Thoroughblades.


B.S. in Kinesiology at University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 1998

M.S. in Sports Administration at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2000

Ph.D. in Sport Management at University of Texas, Austin, TX, 2014