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Kristy  McCray, Ph.D. - Otterbein University. Westerville, OH, US

Kristy McCray, Ph.D. Kristy  McCray, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Sport Management | Otterbein University

Westerville, OH, UNITED STATES

Kristy McCray is an Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH






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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

Sexual Assault

Diversity & Inclusion


Sport Management


Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education

Sexual Assault Awareness

Sexual Violence

Sexual Assault and Student Athletes

Accomplishments (1)

Otterbein University New Teacher of the Year


Education (3)

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

Affiliations (5)

  • 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

Seventeen  online


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.

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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.

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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.

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Selected Event Appearances (1)

Bias vs. Reflexivity: Methodological Concerns for Interviews on Sexual Assault

Methodological Colloquium  The Ohio State University


Selected Articles (9)

Legal implications of conducting background checks on intercollegiate student athletes Marquette Sports Law Review

Levine, J., Cintron, A., & McCray, K.

In press

Preventing sexual violence on college campuses: An investigation of current practices of conducting background checks on student athletes Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport

Cintron, A., Levine, J., & McCray, K.

In press

Creating ethical decision makers: The influence of education on perceptions of sexual harassment and sexual assault Sport Management Education Journal

Taylor, E. A., Jones, G., McCray, K., & Hardin, R.

In press

Preventing sexual violence: The role of sport in opportunities for change Journal of Adolescence

McCray, K. L., Milroy, J. J., Ripper, L., Yore, J., Wyss, N. Wagner, J. … Raj, A.

In review .

Keeping campuses safe: The college athlete crime and consequence conundrum Journal of NCAA Compliance

Bailey, R. L., & McCray, K. L.


May/June 2019, 3-24.

Creating change in intercollegiate athletics: The Sexual Assault Prevention Paradigm for athletic departments Journal of Higher Education, Athletics, & Innovation

McCray, K. L., Sutherland, S. L., & Pastore, D. L.

2018, 1(4), 25-53

The career readiness of intercollegiate athletes: Is there a gender gap? Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics

Parietti, M., Lower, L., & McCray, K.

2016, 9, 283-302

Podcasts in higher education with specific examples in sport management Future Focus: Ohio Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

Pastore, D. L., Parietti, M., McCray, K., Dabbs, S., Yang, S. Y., & Park, Y.

2015, 36(2), 19-28

Intercollegiate Athletes and Sexual Violence A Review of Literature and Recommendations for Future Study Trauma, Violence, & Abuse

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.

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