Faculty and Research
The world-class faculty in Penn State’s Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management Department actively engage in cutting-edge research that expands the body of knowledge in our field, while also acting as mentors to our graduate students.
In keeping with our innovative and interdisciplinary mission in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, the research possibilities here are extensive and diverse, covering domains such as the efficacy and communication of "leave no trace" principles, urban park and conservation non-profit management, the biomechanics of golf, environmental anthropology, post-expedition adjustment and reverse culture shock, the historical developments of experiential adventure learning — and much more.
My research focuses on the role of out-of-school time recreation (e.g., sport, summer camps, after-school programs) in positive youth development, and on the development of active lifestyles in youth and young adults.
My main interests are around values and experiential learning. I am particularly interested in expeditions and the kinds of experiences that people report to be significant.
Professor-in-Charge of Graduate Studies
My research focuses on promoting community and individual well-being in low-wealth urban areas.
I teach about inclusive leisure services, leisure philosophy and theories, and research methods.
My interests lie at the intersections environmental anthropology, the anthropology of tourism, and conservation psychology.
My teaching and research interests focus on state and community park and recreation services in terms of their funding and their health outcomes.
I strive to develop research-driven solutions to crises that address reduction, readiness, response, and recovery issues in local, national, and global tourism communities.
My research strives to improve understanding of communication strategies aimed at influencing human and environmental health regarding protected areas.