Benjamin D. Hickerson 

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Assistant Professor

Contact Information

704M Donald H. Ford Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-867-1751


Ph.D., Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, North Carolina State University
M.S., Kinesiology and Recreation, Illinois State
B.S., Business Administration, Illinois State

Research Interests

Correlates of physical activity in built and natural environments, physical activity in youth summer camps, leisure and technology

Selected Publications

Hickerson, B., & Mowen, A. (in press). Behavioral and Psychological Involvement of Online Video Gamers: Gateways or Barriers to Social Integration? Society & Leisure.

Ribeiro, N. F., & Hickerson, B. (in press). Spring break travel: Thirty years of scholarly evidence, 1980-2010. Tourism Review International, 16(3).

Bialeschki, M.D., Hickerson, B., & Mickelson, R. (2012). Accreditation: A commitment to quality professional practice. In B. Martin & M. Wagstaff (Eds.), Controversial issues in adventure programming (pp. 65-70). Human Kinetics: Champaign, IL.

Bialeschki, M.D., Henderson, K.A., Hickerson, B., & Browne, L. (2012). Challenges to field-based outdoor research: Pitfalls and possibilities. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, 4(1), 74-83.

Hickerson, B. (2011). Measuring physical activity in youth settings: Considerations for instrument selection. Journal of Youth Development, 6(4), 92-101.

Henderson, K.A., Oakleaf, L., James, P., Swanson, J., Moore, A., Edwards, M., & Hickerson, B.D. (2008). The experience of learning/teaching qualitative research approaches: An ethnographic autobiography. Schole, 24, 27-41.

Hickerson, B.D., Moore, A., Oakleaf, L., Edwards, M. James, P., Swanson, J., et al. (2008). The role of a senior center in promoting physical activity for older adults. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 26, 22-39.

Henderson, K.A., & Hickerson, B.D. (2007). Women and leisure: Premises and performances uncovered in an integrative review. Journal of Leisure Research, 39, 591-610.

Hickerson, B.D., & Beggs, B.A. (2007). Leisure time boredom: Issues concerning college students. College Student Journal, 41(4), 1036-1044.

Courses Taught

RPTM 277 Recreation for Persons with Disabilities

RPTM 334 Non-profit Recreation Agency Operations

RPTM 460 Political and Legal Aspects of Recreation Services

RPTM 499 Foreign Studies

RPTM 501 Leisure Studies Foundations

Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior
  • Contexts and Social Institutions