Dr. Massey’s line of research focuses on the role of sport, play, and physical activity on cognitive and social development for children growing up in low-income and/or high violent communities. Within this, he focuses on how engagement in physically active environments can contribute to the development of children who are at risk for physical, cognitive, and social disparities.
Currently, he is leading a national study that is creating a system to examine the quality of school-based recess in elementary schools; as well as examining the correlates of a high quality recess and how these factors influence children's physical activity levels, classroom behavior, cognitive function, and social development.
In addition to this work, Dr. Massey conducts qualitative research on the role of sport in the lives of individuals who have been impacted by childhood trauma. Within this work he studies the systemic influences (including sport) that impede or facilitate development, and how various systems interact overtime. He has an interest in blending narrative and grounded theory methodologies while maintaining ontological coherence across methodological paradigms.
Dr. Massey also has an interest in critical appraisal and systematic review methodology and is part of a team conducing a series of systematic reviews of literature that examines that impact of sport programs on youth development outcomes.
Dr. Massey is currently accepting Master’s and PhD students. Please contact him directly for more information.
New book: Sport in Under-resourced, Underdeveloped, and Conflict Regions
Over the past two decades, scholars and practitioners have taken a keen interest in the field of Sport for Development and Peace (SDP). These efforts have largely focused on and debated the merits of sport as a tool for development, diplomacy, and peace building in under-resourced, underdeveloped, and conflict regions. Making sense of the positive contributions that sport can offer to such complex and multi-faceted issues requires understanding the various connections and meanings that individuals and communities ascribe to their sporting experiences. This book offers a unique outlet for research that engages with, rather than makes claims about, individuals and communities around the world. Diverse, contemporary, and thought-provoking examples of qualitative methods in the study of SDP are detailed, along with rich, meaningful, and provocative insights from these studies.