Jennifer McGarry


Educational Leadership


Professor, Department of Educational Leadership
Executive Director, Husky Nutrition & Sport

Academic Degrees:

University of Notre Dame-BA English
Morehead State University-MA English
The Ohio State University-Ph.D. Sport Management

Areas of Expertise:

Sport Management

Gender and Race in Sport

Sport Based Youth Development

Qualitative Research

Youth Physical Activity


Jennifer (Bruening) McGarry is a professor of sport management. Dr. McGarry’s research line has focused primarily on barriers and supports for women and those from minoritized ethnic and socio-economic groups. Dr. McGarry is also the program founder and director of UConn Husky Nutrition & Sport (UConn HNS). Husky Nutrition & Sport represents the joining of UConn Health’s Husky Nutrition organization with the Husky Sport organization that McGarry created in 2003. UConn HNS has both program and research components. UConn HNS is funded by USDA’s SNAP-Ed grant, with Husky Nutrition first being funded in 1994, and Husky Sport in 2005. Currently, UConn HNS is in the midst of a 3-year grant for $4.5M. The organization uses principles of nutrition education and sport-based youth development to emphasize exposure and access to sport and physical activity, and advocate healthy nutrition and lifestyles. The program connects UConn faculty, staff and students with schools and community partners to plan and implement sessions across the state of CT with a focus on the Greater Hartford area.  Research has focused on individual level impacts of nutrition education and sport-based youth development on youth participants, individual level impacts of service learning on college student participants, and organizational level impacts on campus-community partnerships. 

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Selected Publications/Presentations:

JE McGarry, K Ebron, J Mala, M Corral, N Arinze, K Mattson, K Griffith. (2023) Anti-racist research methods in sport-based youth development. Sociology of Sport Journal 1 (aop), 1-12

ACI Keaton, LJ Burton, JE McGarry. (2023). Athletic diversity and inclusion officers and institutional entrepreneurship, Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics,  16 (1), 8

Zuk, E.F.; Maksymiw, K; Evanovich, J.M.; McGarry, J.E.; Root, H. J.; DiStefano, L.J. (2021). Youth perceptions of sport-confidence. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 35(11). 3232-3235.

Arinze, N. A., & McGarry, J. E. (2021). Identities and Relationships: Black and Latina Adolescent girls in Sport-Based Youth Development Programs. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 38(4), 475-486

McGarry, J.E. (2020). Enact, Discard, Transform: An Impact Agenda. Journal of Sport Management, 34(1), 1-8.

Lavoi, N. M., McGarry, J.E., & Fisher, L. A. (2019). Final Thoughts on Women in Sport Coaching: Fighting the War. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 27 (2), 136-140.

Simien, E., Arinze, N., &. McGarry, J.E. (2019). A Portrait of Marginality in Sport and Education: Toward a Theory of Intersectionality and Raced-Gendered Experiences for Black Female College Athletes. Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy, DOI: 1080/1554477X.2019.1614865

McGarry, J., Mala, J., & Corral, M. (2018). Program Development: A Sport-Based Authentic Adolescent Leadership Model. Journal of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies 1(2).

Whitley, M., Martinek, T., Mercier, K., Quinlan, M., & McGarry, J. (2017). Educating Future Leaders of the Sport-Based Youth Development Field. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 88 (20), 15-20.

Madsen, R.M. & Bruening, J.E. (2016)Dads play basketball and moms go shopping!” Social role theory and the preference for male coaches. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 10(4), 277-292.

Bruening, J., Fuller, R., & Percy, V. A (2015). Multilevel Analysis of a Campus-Community Partnership. Journal of Service Learning in Higher Education. 4(1), 86-111

Fuller, R.D., Evanovich, J.M., Bruening, J.E., Welty Peachey, J. A, Coble, C.J, Percy, V.E, Maldouangdock, J., Corral, M. (2015). The Impact of a Sport-Based Service Learning Course on Participants’ Attitudes, Intentions and Actions Toward Social Change,  Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 8, 14-26.

Bruening, J.E., Clark, B.S., & Mudrick, M.A. (2015). Sport Based Youth Development in Practice: The Long-Term Impacts of an Urban After School Program for Girls. Journal of Recreation and Parks Administration, 33(2), 87-103.

Bruening, J.E., Welty Peachey, J.A., Evanovich, J.M., Fuller, R.D., Chung, M., Percy, V.E., Silverstein, L.A., & Coble, C.M. (2015). Managing sport for social change: The effects of intentional design and structure in a sport-based service learning initiative. Sport Management Review, 18 (1), 69–85.

Andrassy, E. J., Bruening, J., Svensson, P., Huml, M. R., & Chung, M. (2014). The role of organizational capacity in student-athlete development. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 7(2), 218-244.

Bruening, J. E, Cotrufo, R. A., Fuller, R. D, Madsen, R. M, Evanovich, J. M., & Wilson-Hill, D. E (2014). Applying intergroup contact theory to the sport management classroom. Sport Management Education Journal, 8, 35-45.

Fuller, R.D., Bruening, J. E., Percy, V. E, & Cotrufo, R. A. (2013). Early adolescent male development: A study of a sport-based after-school program in an urban environment. Research Quarterly in Exercise and Sport, 84 (4), 469-482.

Clark, B. S., Bruening, J. E., & Madsen, R. M. (2013). Mentoring identity of female student-athletes: A study of service with urban youth using sport and physical activity. International Journal of Sport Management, 14, 147-174

Jennie McGarry
Contact Information
Phone860 486 5139
File CV March 2024
Mailing AddressUnit 3093
Office LocationGentry 226