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Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education (KSSPE)

Dr. Merrill J. Melnick


A Photo of  Dr. Merrill J. MelnickOffice: B309 Tuttle North
Phone: (585) 395-2374

PhD, Ohio State University
MEd, Penn State University
BA, Hunter College

Area(s) of specialty:
Social psychology of sport including self- esteem, leadership, coach-athlete dyad, sport group dynamics, cohesiveness, and social facilitation; sociology of sport including sport and socialization, youth sports, gender and sport, race/ethnicity and sport, sport and social class; sport spectatorship and sport fandom including sport spectating as popular culture, the business of spectator sports, the psychology of sport fandom, societal functions of spectator sports, and spectator violence

Research interest(s):
Racial segregation by playing position; soccer hooliganism; heroes and villains as adolescent reference idols; high school sports participation and teen pregnancy; health risks and the teen athlete (tobacco, alcohol, anabolic steroids, illicit drugs, weight loss, suicide, vehicular irresponsibility, interpersonal violence); sport and globalization; relationship between team cohesiveness and win-loss record

Co-editor of Contemporary Issues in Sociology of Sport (Human Kinetics, 2001); co-author of Sport Fans: The Psychology and Social Impact of Spectators (Routledge, 2001); Co-researcher and co-author of four major reports published by the Women's Sports Foundation; author and/or co-author of 100+ publications in physical education, sociology of sport, and social psychology of sport including 49 refereed journal articles

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Past-President of the Sport Sociology Academy (NASPE); appointed Associate Research Scientist, Research Institute on Addictions (RIA), University of Buffalo; Co-recipient of a three-year grant (2000-2003) for $462,000 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study "Sports, Gender and Adolescent Substance Abuse"; SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching; visiting adjunct appointments at the University of Jyvaskyla (Jyvaskyla, Finland), University of Brighton (Eastbourne, England), Wingate Institute (Netanya, Israel), University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand), the Norwegian University of Sport and Physical Education (Oslo, Norway), and Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia).

A native New Yorker, Merrill came to The College at Brockport in 1971 after teaching three years at the University of Southern California and two years at the University of Utah. His hobbies include tennis, vegetable gardening, camping, investments, bicycling, overseas travel, and rooting for the New York Yankees, Knicks and Giants.