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Jason Bocarro
Associate Professor

Contact Details

North Carolina State University
Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management
Box 8004, 4012E Biltmore Hall

(919) 513 8025 (Phone)
(919) 515 3687 (Fax)
jnbocarro@ncsu.edu

Complete Curriculum Vita

Education

  • B.Soc.Sc., Birmingham University, 1992
  • M.A., Dalhousie University, 1995
  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2001

Specialty/Current Research Interests

  • Youth development, sport, and physical activity
  • Outdoor environments and their influence on children’s levels of physical activity
  • The role of youth programs in promoting positive youth and adolescent development
  • Relationship development between youth and adults in community-based youth programs
  • The influence of parents in youth programs and settings

Recent Courses Taught

  • PRT 152: Introduction to Parks, Recreation and Tourism
  • PRT 359: Leadership and Supervision in Recreation
  • PRT 475: Recreation and Park Internship
  • PRT 506: Organizational Behavior and Leadership in SPTR

Selected Publications

  • Bocarro, J.N., Kanters, M. A., Edwards, M. B., Casper, J. M., McKenzie, T. L. (in press).
    Prioritizing school sponsored sport based on observed physical activity. American Journal of
    Health Promotion.

  • Sibthorp, J., & Bocarro, J. N. (in press). Leisure Research and the Legacy of George Daniel
    Butler. Journal of Leisure Research.
  • Liechty, T., Mowen, A.J., Payne, L., Henderson, K.A., Bocarro, J.N., Bruton, C.B., &
    Godbey, G.C. (in press). Health partnerships as investments and works in progress for park
    and recreation agencies. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration.
  • Edwards, M. B., Kanters, M. A., & Bocarro, J.N. (in press). Policy changes to implement
    intramurals in North Carolina Middle Schools: Simulated effects on sport participation rates
    and physical activity intensity. Preventing Chronic Disease.
  • Kanters, M., Bocarro, J. N., Filardo, M., Edwards, M.B., McKenzie, T.L., & Floyd, M.F.(in press). Does shared use of school facilities enhance physical activity and is it cost effective? Journal of School Health.
  • Baran, P. K., Smith, W. R., Moore, R. C., Floyd, M. F., Bocarro, J.N., Cosco, N., & Danninger, T. (in press). Correlates of neighborhood park use among children and adults: An analysis of individual, social, and built environment factors. Environment & Behavior.
  • Bocarro, J.N., & Stodolska, M. (2013). Researcher and advocate: Using research to promote social justice change. Journal of Leisure Research, 45(1), 2-6.
  • Edwards, M. B., Bocarro, J. N., & Kanters, M. (2013). Place disparities in supportive environments for extracurricular school physical activity in North Carolina middle schools. Youth and Society, 45(2), 265-285.
  • Howard, K., Bocarro, J. N., & Kanters, M. A. (2013). Strategies for creating successful Joint Use agreements: A case study. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 31(1), 98-107.
  • Kanters, M., Bocarro, J. N., Casper, J., Edwards, M.B., & Floyd, M.F. (2013). School sport participation under two school sport policies: Comparisons by race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45(1), 113-121.
  • Bocarro, J. N., Kanters, M., Cerin, E., Floyd, M. F., Casper, J., Suau, L.J., & McKenzie, T. (2012). School sport policy and school-based physical activity environments and their association with observed physical activity in middle school children. Health & Place, 18, 31-38.
  • Edwards, M. B., Bocarro, J. N., Kanters, M. A., & Casper, J.M. (2011). Comparisons of participation in interscholastic and intramural sport programs in middle schools: An exploration of race and gender. Recreation Sports Journal, 35, 157-173.
  • Floyd, M. F., Bocarro, J. N., Smith, W., Baran, P., Moore, R., Cosco, N., Edwards, M.B., Suau, L.J., & Fang, K.S. (2011). An examination of individual, social, and environmental correlates of children’s park-based physical activity. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 41(3), 258-265.
  • Outley, C., Bocarro, J. N., & Boleman, C. (2011). Recreation as a component of the community youth development system. New Directions in Youth Development, 130, 59-72.
  • Bruton, C. B., Floyd, M. F., Bocarro, J. N., Henderson, K.A., Casper, J. M., & Kanters, M. A. (2011). Physical activity and health partnerships among park and recreation departments. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 29(2), 55-68.
  • Edwards, M. B., Kanters, M., & Bocarro, J. N. (2011). Opportunities for extracurricular physical activity in North Carolina middle schools. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 8, 597-605.
  • Witmer, L., Bocarro, J.N., & Henderson, K.A. (2011). The leisure context of health behaviors for young adolescent girls. Journal of Leisure Research, Journal of Leisure Research, 43(3), 334-353.
  • Casper, J., Bocarro, J. N., Kanters, M., & Floyd, M.F. (2011). Measurement properties of constraints to sport participation: A psychometric examination with adolescents. Leisure Sciences, 33, 1-20.
  • Casper, J., Bocarro, J. N., Kanters, M., & Floyd, M.F. (2011). “Just let me play!!” Understanding constraints that limit adolescent sport participation. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 8, S32-39.
  • Bocarro, J. N., Floyd, M. F., Moore, R., Baran, P., & Danninger, T. (2009). Developing a reliable measure of physical activity among children in different age groups using the System for Observing Physical Activity and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC). Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 6(6), 699-707.
  • Bocarro, J. N., & Wells, M.S. (2009). Making a difference through parks and recreation: Reflections on physical activity, health and wellness research. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 27(3), 1-7.
  • Bocarro, J. N., Casper, J., Henderson, K., Floyd, M. F., Moore, R., Kanters, M. A., Laven, K., & Edwards, M. B. (2009).  Physical activity promotion in North Carolina: Perceptions of public park and recreation directors.  Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 27(1), 1-16.
  • Kudlácek, M., Bocarro, J. N., Jirásek, I., & Hanuš, R. (2009). The Czech way of inclusion in using an experiential education framework.  Journal of Experiential Education, 32(1), 14-27.

Book Chapters

  • Bocarro, J.N. & Edwards, M.B. (in press). Sport participation. In T. Byers, & S. Gorse
    (Eds.), Contemporary Issues in Sport: An Introduction. Venture Publishing Inc., Sage
    Publications: London.
  • Bocarro, J.N., & Edwards, M.B. (in press). Leisure, Health and Physical Activity. In G.
    Walker, M. Stodolska, & D. Scott (Eds.), Leisure Matters: The State and Future of Leisure
    Studies. Venture Publishing Inc., State College, PA.
  • Bocarro, J. N., & Kanters, M. (2010). Leisure, health, and physical activity. In G. Kassing (Eds.), Dimensions of leisure for life. Champaign, Il: Human Kinetics.

Selected Projects/Grant Funding

  • Kanters, M., Bocarro, J. N., & Floyd, M.F. (2012-13). Community Transformation Project: Evaluation of Joint Use – Centers for Disease Control/NC Department of Public Health. $125,000.
  • Bocarro, J. N., Kanters, M., Mahar, M., McKenzie, T. (2012). USA Hockey Physical Activity and the ADM Evaluation Study Proposal - USA Hockey. $37,960.
  • Bocarro, J. N., Kanters, M., Seamons, P., Aitken, L., & Casper, J.  (Co-PI with Kanters). (2011-2012). Middle School Sport Policies and Facilities Research Translation Grant (2011-2012) – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. $26,824.
  • Bocarro, J. N., Kanters, M., Edwards, M.B. (Co-PI with Kanters). (2011 ).After-School Sports and Facilities on Physical Activity (Commissioned Analysis) (2011) - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. $14,877.
  • Bocarro, J. N., Kanters, M., Trogdon, J., MacKenzie, T., & Casper, J.  (Co-PI with Kanters). (2010-2011). Middle School Sport Facilities: Policies, Physical Activity, and Cost Effectiveness.  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, $100,000.   
  • Kanters, M., Bocarro, J.N., Siderelis, C., Armstrong, P. (2010). NRPA Fees and Charges Survey Project. National Recreation and Parks Association. $18, 829.
  • Bocarro, J. N., Kanters, M., Mahar, M., MacKenzie, T., & Casper, J.  (Co-PI with Kanters). (2008-2010). School Intramural Sports and Physical Activity: A Middle School Policy Intervention.  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, $199,495.   

Selected Presentations

  • Bocarro, J.N., Kanters, M. A., Edwards, M. B., & Casper, J. M. (2013).  Prioritizing school sponsored sport based on observed physical activity. Paper presented at the Active Living Research 2013 Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.
  • Bocarro, J.N., & Morris, C.D. (2011). Evaluating technology for the workplace. RRS Webinar. Raleigh, NC.
  • Floyd, M.F., & Bocarro, J.N. (2010). IPARC – Investigating Places for Active Recreation in Communities. Advocates for Health in Action Quarterly Meeting. Raleigh, NC.
  • Bocarro, J. N., & Harrolle, M. (2010). Recreation leadership and professionalism. NC New Directors Workshop. Raleigh, NC.
  • Kanters, M.A., Bocarro, J.N., Casper, J.M., & Suau, L. (2010). Predictors of middle school sport participation: A comparison of varsity and intramural sport delivery models. International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health. Toronto, Canada.
  • Kanters, M.A., Bocarro, J.N., Casper, J., Mahar, M., & Suau, L. (2010). Sport participation and physical activity in middle school students: A comparison of varsity and intramural sport delivery models. Pediatric Healthy Weight Summit. Greenville, NC.
  • Kanters, M.A., Bocarro, J.N., Forrester, S., & Greenwood, B. (2010). Middle school sport participation: An achievement goal perspective. International Conference on Sport & Society, Vancouver, BC.
  • Kanters, M. A., Bocarro, J. N., Casper, J., McKenzie, T., Allen, M. & Trogdon, J. (2010). Middle School Sport Facilities: Policies, Physical Activity, and Cost Effectiveness. Active Living Research Conference. San Diego, CA.
  • Kanters, M. A., Bocarro, J. N., Mahar, M., Casper, J., McKenzie, T., & Perry, W.S. (2009). Middle School Sports and Physical Activity: A Study of Contrasting School Sport Policies. Healthy Kids, Healthy Nation Conference. Atlanta, GA.
  • Edwards, M.B., Bocarro, J. N., & Kanters, M. (2009). Exploring adolescent sport participation's effect on adult leisure-time physical activity. 2009 NRPA Leisure Research Abstracts, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Mahar, M.T., Guerieri, A.M., Kanters, M.A., & Bocarro, J.N. (2009). Effect on epoch length on objectively-measured physical activity in middle school students. Poster presented at the 2009 American College for Sports Medicine Conference, Seattle, WA.
  • Floyd, M. F., Bocarro, J. N., Smith, W., Baran, P., Moore, R., & Cosco, N. (2009) What contributes to children’s physical activity in urban neighborhood parks? An examination of individual, social, and environmental factors. Paper presented at the Active Living Research 2009 Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Awards

  • International Visiting Fellowship Award, 2014 - Coventry Univerity, UK
  • NC State Outstanding Teaching Award, 2009/10 – Inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Teachers
  • College of Natural Resources Outstanding Teacher, 2009/10
  • PRTM Outstanding Teacher, 2009/10
  • UNH Outreach Scholar, 2004/05 – Awarded to faculty members whose research agenda involves a broader audience
  • SHHS Outstanding New Investigator Award, 2004 – Awarded to an untenured faculty member who has demonstrated extraordinary progress in establishing a productive line of research
  • Campus Compact for New Hampshire Presidents’ Good Steward Award, 2004 – Awarded to a faculty member in the state who helps strengthen and improve local communities through their work
  • Roger Ritvo Award, 2003 - Awarded to a faculty member and undergraduate student who collaborate successfully in research
  • Faculty Instructional Technology Summer Institute Teaching Award, 2003 - Awarded to a faculty member interested in utilizing technology to enhance their teaching
  • Society of Park and Recreation Educators New Faculty Leadership Award, 2001 – Awarded in recognition of demonstrated leadership activity and leadership potential to the field
  • Elda K. Bradberry Scholarship, 2001 ($2000)
  • Texas A&M Department Graduate Scholarship, 2000 ($1000)
  • Gamma Sigma Delta Member, 1998 – awarded on basis of scholarship/involvement in service.
  • National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Scholarship, 1998
  • Canadian AUAA All Star Athlete, 1993

Other (e.g., outside interests)

  • Running, soccer (both watching and playing), hiking and extended backpacking trips, reading, travelling.