Dr. Kristy McCray earned her undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Southern California before working as an academic advisor for athletes at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She later served as the Executive Director for a non-profit rape crisis center; now, she combines her two previous work experiences to do research on sexual violence in sport, focusing specifically on sexual violence prevention in college athletics.
Areas of Expertise (11)
Sexual Violence in Athletics
Sexual Assault Prevention
Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education
Sexual Assault Awareness
Sexual Assault and Student Athletes
Otterbein University New Teacher of the Year
The Ohio State University: Ph.D., Kinesiology (Sport Management)
University of Southern California: M.Ed., Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs
University of Southern California: B.A., Print Journalism and Political Science
- Otterbein University, Department of Health and Sport Sciences Leadership Advisory Board : member
- Otterbein University, Sexual Violence Task Force : member
- North American Society for Sport Management : member and Diversity Committee Co-Chair
- North American Society for the Sociology of Sport : member
- Sport Recreation and Law Association : member
Selected Media Appearances (3)
More Than Half of Male College Athletes Admit to Coercing a Partner Into Sex, One Study Finds
A study of 379 college men found that more than half of athletes and a more than 38 percent of non-athletes admitted to coercing a partner into sex.
A shocking number of college men surveyed admit coercing a partner into sex
The Washington Post online
Campus sexual assault scandals have practically become routine. The most recent one to make the news led to the firing of Baylor University's head football coach and the demotion, and then departure, of its president. A new study, published last week in the journal Violence Against Women, suggests that sexual assault by college men is an even more widespread problem than the scandals imply.
SARNCO honors Otterbein staff and faculty for sexual violence prevention initiatives
Otterbein University Spotlights online
The Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO) honors Associate Dean of Students and Director Student Conduct and Wellness Julie Saker, Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator Scott Fitzgerald and Assistant Professor of Health and Sport Sciences Kristy McCray, as Community Partners of the Year for their sexual violence prevention work at Otterbein.
Selected Event Appearances (1)
Bias vs. Reflexivity: Methodological Concerns for Interviews on Sexual Assault
Methodological Colloquium The Ohio State University
Selected Articles (9)
Levine, J., Cintron, A., & McCray, K.
Cintron, A., Levine, J., & McCray, K.
Taylor, E. A., Jones, G., McCray, K., & Hardin, R.
McCray, K. L., Milroy, J. J., Ripper, L., Yore, J., Wyss, N. Wagner, J. … Raj, A.
In review .
Bailey, R. L., & McCray, K. L.
May/June 2019, 3-24.
McCray, K. L., Sutherland, S. L., & Pastore, D. L.
2018, 1(4), 25-53
Parietti, M., Lower, L., & McCray, K.
2016, 9, 283-302
Pastore, D. L., Parietti, M., McCray, K., Dabbs, S., Yang, S. Y., & Park, Y.
2015, 36(2), 19-28
Kristy L. McCray
2014 The 1990s saw the development of research on violence against women perpetrated by intercollegiate student-athletes. Research in this field stagnated during the last 15 years, despite the fact that this time period has evidenced multiple high-profile, even fatal, cases of violence against women at the hands of male student-athletes. These events prompted the Office of Civil Rights to call upon universities to more appropriately investigate and sanction perpetrators of sexual assault. The ensuing actions by universities are expected to bring a renewed focus on male student-athletes, requiring further research to explore student-athletes sexually abusing women. This article outlines the pertinent literature on violence against women by male student-athletes, and suggests future research using new institutionalism as a theoretical framework.