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Dawn Anderson-Butcher

Dawn Anderson-Butcher

Inducted in 2022

Current Position

Professor in the College of Social Work and Affiliate Faculty in Human Sciences (Kinesiology) at The Ohio State University



Dawn Anderson-Butcher is a full professor in the College of Social Work and Affiliate Faculty in Human Sciences (Kinesiology) at The Ohio State University and a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the State of Ohio. At Ohio State, Dawn is the Director of the Community and Youth Collaborative Institute (, as well as the Executive Director of Teaching/Research of LiFEsports, a nationally recognized sports-based positive youth development initiative (

Dawn earned a BA in psychology, a BS in exercise/sport sciences, and an MS in health/sport studies from Miami University, Ohio. She earned both an MSW and a PhD from the College of Health at the University of Utah. Her primary research interests are positive youth development in various social settings, including schools, afterschool programs, and youth sport. Dawn has amassed over 100 publications throughout her career and generated over 15 million dollars in funding to support research, teaching, and outreach agendas.

In addition to being a Fellow in the American Association of Social Work and Social Welfare, she is a Research Fellow in both the Society of Health and Physical Educators and the Society of Social Work Researchers. Dawn also has won numerous awards for her scholarship, such as the Gary A. Shaffer Award for Academic Contributions to the Field of School Social Work, the Community Engaged Scholar Award at Ohio State, Alumni Profound Impact Award at Miami University, the Kristen Marie Gould Endowed Lecturer on Sport for Children and Youth at Michigan State University, and the Evaluation Recognition Award at the Ohio Program Evaluators Group. She enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, watching sports, and playing golf in her spare time.

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