John  Dattilo 

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Contact Information

814A Donald H. Ford Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-867-1751


1984 Ph.D., University of Illinois Leisure Studies
1981 M.S., University of Arizona Recreation
1977 B.S., Penn State Recreation and Parks
1977 B.S., Penn State Education of Exceptional Children

Research Interests

Effects of interventions on self-determination of people with disabilities and older adults relative to their leisure involvement

Selected Publications

Dattilo, J., & Hoge, G.  Project Trail:  Leisure assessment battery for people with cognitive imparements.

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Dattilo, J. (2017). Inclusive leisure services (4th edition). Champaign, IL: Sagamore.

Lorek, A., Dattilo, J., Mogle, J., Freed, S., Frysinger, M., & Chen, S., (2017). Staying Connected: Recommendations by older adults concerning community leisure service delivery. Journal of Park Recreation Administration, 35(3), 93-111. DOI:

Garcia-Villamisar, D., Dattilo, J. P., & Muella, C. (2017). Effects of B-Active2 on balance, gait, stress, and well-being of adults with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability: A controlled trial. Adaptive Physical Activity Quarterly, 34(2), 125-140.

Dattilo, J., & McKinney, A. (2016). Facilitation techniques in therapeutic recreation (3nd edition). Champaign, IL: Sagamore.

Dattilo, J., & Kensinger, K. (2016). Application of behavior analysis in leisure contexts. Champaign, IL: Sagamore.

Dattilo, J. (2016). A balanced and systematic leisure education service delivery model: Connections to eastern and western perspectives. World Leisure Journal, 58(3), 179-192.

Choi, Y. & Dattilo, J. (2016). Connections between media technology and leisure: Insights from Aristotle and Heidegger. Annals of Leisure Research, DOI: 10.1080/11745398.2016.1184097

Garcia-Villamisar, D., & Dattilo, J., (2016). Effects of an interactive multimedia computer program on social adaptation in adults with ASD. Journal of Autism and Epilepsy, 1(1), 1004-1009.

Garcia-Villamisar, D., Dattilo, J., & Muella, C. (2016). Effects of therapeutic recreation on adults with ASD and ID: A preliminary randomized control trial. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities Research.1-16. DOI: 10.1111/jir.12320

Courses Taught

RPTM 277 Inclusive Leisure Services

RPTM 433 Program Evaluation and Research in Recreation Services

RPTM 545 Philosophical and Social Basis of Leisure

RPTM 570 Conceptual Bases for Therapeutic Recreation

Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior
  • Populations of Special Interest