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.
I teach about inclusive leisure services, leisure philosophy and theories, and research methods.
Darla is an integral part of the entire Penn State PGA Golf Management Program.
Undergraduate advisor for the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management.
My interests lie at the intersections environmental anthropology, the anthropology of tourism, and conservation psychology.
I strive to develop research-driven solutions to crises that address reduction, readiness, response, and recovery issues in local, national, and global tourism communities.
I take pride in helping students find their passion through education and mentoring, encouraging exploration and learning at Penn State and beyond.
My research strives to improve understanding of communication strategies aimed at influencing human and environmental health regarding protected areas.