Current Graduate Student Listing

Lauren Abbott

Doctoral Candidate

B.S. Colorado State University, Natural Resource, Recreation & Tourism

Research Interests: Soundscapes

Yeganeh Aghazamani

Doctoral Candidate

Austin Barrett

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. Pennsylvania State University

B.S. Clemson University

Research Interests: "Local Park and Recreation Services, Environmental/Heritage Interpretation, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Outdoor Recreation Planning."

Jordan Blair

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. Slippery Rock University, Parks & Recreation & Environmental Education

B.S. Clarion University, Biology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Research Interests: Environmental Education, Environmental Impacts of Tourism, Marine Tourism and Outdoor Recreation

Amelia Blenderman

M.S. Candidate

M.S. The Pennsylvania State University - Dual-Title, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment

B.S. The University of Delaware - Double Major-Wildlife Conservation and Agriculture & Natural Resources

Research Interests: Leave No Trace Practices, Environmental Education, Wildlife Conservation

Hsin-Yu Chen

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. Florida State University

B.S. National Dong-Hwa University

Research Interests: Leisure Behavior, Culture Diversity, Women Aging.

Shang-Ti Chen

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. National Changhua University of Education, (Sports and Health)

B.S. National University of Kaohsiung, (Kinesiology, Health and Leisure Studies)

Research Interests: Therapeutic Recreation, Leisure Education Program Planning, Interventions Administered via Technology, Leisure and Aging, Promotion and Development of Healthy Aging

Heather Costigan

M.S. Candidate

Phileshia Dombroski

Doctoral Candidate

Research Interests: Motivation of First Time Adult Users of Parks, Recreation, Arts and Culture Events in Northeastern PA and Organized Camping

Alexis Golestani (Spring 2017 admission)

Doctoral Candidate

Lucy Harbor

Doctoral Candidate

Indiana University, Event Planning

Research Interests: Sustainable Tourism, HDNRE

Jaehyun Kim

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. University of Florida

B.S. Korea University

Research Interests: Health, Physically Active Leisure, Social Psychology of Leisure

Tammy Koerte

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. Pennsylvania State University (Recreation, Park and Tourism Management)

B.S. Purdue University (Hospitality and Tourism Management)

Research Interests: Tourism and Community Development, Youth Development in a Tourism Context

Eric Layland

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. Brigham Young University (Youth & Family Recreation)

B.S. Brigham Young University (Recreation Management)

Research Interests: Emerging Adulthood, Human Development, Identity, Discourse Analysis

Annie Marcinek

M.S. Candidate

B. S. Pennsylvania State University, (College of Liberal Arts), Schreyer Honors College

Research Interests: Ecotourism as an Alternative Development Strategy to Extractive Practices in South America, Fieldwork in Ecuadorian Amazon. Indigenous Community Organization; Development of Social Capital w/in Indigenous Communities in South America

Joel (Tom) Mueller

Doctoral Candidate

B.S. University of Montana, (Resource Conservation)

Research Interests: Conflict within and between Outdoor Recreation User Groups

Lauren Mullenbach

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. University of Georgia

B.S. University of Georgia

Research Interests: Urban Parks and Community Health, Human Dimensions, Place Attachment/Identify/Dependence, Program Evaluation

Alison Murray

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. East Carolina University, Sustainable Tourism

B.S. N.C. State, Parks, Rec, Tourism & Commercial Rec.

Research Interests: Sustainable Tourism, Economic Development through Tourism

Kyle Olcott

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. West Virginia University (Recreation, Park and Tourism Resources)

B.A. Washington & Lee University (Philosophy)

Research Interests: Public Land Management, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Political Ecology, Environmental Values and Ethics, Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing and other Unconventional Energy Extraction on Public Lands

Jerrica Oliver

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. in Education, University of Miami, Florida

M.S. University of Central Florida

B.A. Howard University, District of Columbia (Psychology)

Research Interests: Based in Mental Health, Jerrica's Primary Research Interest Explores Career Transition for Collegiate Athletes, as well as their Life after Athletics. Ideally she Wishes to Investigate the Possibility of a Specialized Curriculum for Athletes to Help Optimize Both their Athletic and Academic Performance while Enhancing their Mental Health. Her Interests Extended to Youth and Increasing Academic Achievement through Youth Sport Participation.

Maxwell Olsen

Doctoral Candidate

B.A. St. Lawrence University

Research Interests: Outdoor Recreation Behavior, Human Dimensions of Natural Resource and the Environment

So Young Park

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. Korea University

B.S. Korea University

Research Interests: Tourism Economics, Decision Making Behavior

Nicholas Pitas

M.S. University of New Hampshire

B.S. American University

Research Interests: Health & Wellness

Maria Jose Ramirez

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. University of Ottawa, Canada

B.S. Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Research Interests: Experiential Education, Personal Development, Reflection, Youth Development through Sports, Expeditions for Youth Development

Vincent Santucci

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. University of Pittsburgh

B.S. University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests: Paleontological Resources Management, Protection, Interpretation & Research

Forrest Schwartz

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. West Virginia University

B.S. West Virginia University

Research Interests: Outdoor Education, Program/Educational/Developmental Outcomes, Transfer of Learning

Mojtaba (Moji) Shahvali

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. Allameh Tabatabai University, Tehran, Iran (Tourism Management)

B.S. Shiraz University, Iran (English Language and Literature)

Research Interests: Travel and wellbeing

Kristin L. Thomas

Doctoral Candidate

M.A. Education Leadership in Higher Education in Student Affairs

Research Interests: Formal and Informal Educational Travel Behavior, Learning, and Student Development

Kimberly Wallace

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. University of Illinois (Recreation, Sport and Tourism)

B.A. Columbia College of Missouri (Psychology)

Research Interests: Leisure and Health, Motivators of Physical Activity, Effects of Disease on Physical Activity