Graduate Faculty

Linda L. Caldwell

Ph.D. (Maryland)

Research Interests:
Leisure education & developmental affordances of leisure, leisure time use in middle school youth, development of youth competencies, healthy lifestyle & democratic behavior through leisure

Garry Chick

Ph.D. (Pittsburgh)

Research Interests:
Cross-cultural research on leisure, work and leisure, expressive culture

John Dattilo

Ph.D. (Illinois)

Research Interests:
Social psychology of leisure and disability, applied behavior analysis, leisure education, therapeutic recreation, inclusive leisure services

Shawna Doerksen

Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Research Interests:
Psychosocial determinants of leisure time physical activity
Promotion of multiple health behaviors using a single intervention

Alan R. Graefe

Ph.D. (Texas A&M)

Research Interests:
Recreation use monitoring in the Pacific Northwest (U.S. Forest Service), water-based recreation carrying capacity (U.S. Forest Service & Army Corps of Engineers)

Ben Hickerson

Ph.D. (North Carolina)

Research Interests:
Correlates of physical activity in built and natural environments
Physical activity in youth summer camps
Leisure and technology

Carter Hunt

Ph.D. (Texas A&M)
Research Interests:
Tourism-supported biodiversity conservation and sustainable community development, impacts of tourism on both destination communities and on travelers, environmental anthropology, Latin America

Deborah L. Kerstetter

Ph.D. (Penn State)

Research Interests:
Heritage-based tourism and eco-tourism issues, decision-making within the context of travel and tourism, older adults & travel

Andrew Mowen

Ph.D. (Penn State)

Research Interests:
Urban park management, financing and acquiring park and recreation administration and program evaluation

George Vahoviak

Ph.D. (Penn State)

Research Interests:
National/state EE curriculum programs, leisure and environment

Careen Yarnal

Ph.D. (Penn State)

Research Interests:
Intersection of space and place with group social connections, social cohesion and sense of belonging