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Department Chair

Laurie Harmon  Profile of Laurie Harmon

2044 Health Science Center
lharmon@uwlax.edu
608.785.8213

Specialty areas:

My primary areas of research are social-psychological outcomes of nature-based recreation including how we come to know and get connected to places, technology and the outdoors, and the scholarship of teaching & learning.  I particularly enjoy the work I do using underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to get youth and adults connected to aquatic environments.

Academic Department Associate

Department People

Tara Delong  Profile of Tara Delong

Recreation Management & Recreational Therapy
Associate Teaching Professor
tdelong@uwlax.edu

Specialty areas:

Mental Health, Health education, capacity building, group facilitation, trauma informed care, and cultural humility

Jon Evans  Profile of Jon Evans

Recreation Management & Recreational Therapy
Assistant Teaching Professor
jevans@uwlax.edu

Katherine Evans  Profile of Katherine Evans

Recreation Management & Recreational Therapy
Professor
kevans@uwlax.edu

Laurie Harmon  Profile of Laurie Harmon

Recreation Management & Recreational Therapy
Professor
lharmon@uwlax.edu

Specialty areas:

My primary areas of research are social-psychological outcomes of nature-based recreation including how we come to know and get connected to places, technology and the outdoors, and the scholarship of teaching & learning.  I particularly enjoy the work I do using underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to get youth and adults connected to aquatic environments.

Namyun Kil  Profile of Namyun Kil

Recreation Management & Recreational Therapy
Associate Professor
nkil@uwlax.edu

Specialty areas:

  • Evidence-based therapeutic interventions (e.g., nature and forest therapy, forest bathing, ecotherapy, mindfulness) for individuals with/out special needs
  • Interactions between humans and the environment (e.g., nature connectedness, place attachment, place meanings, community attachment)
  • Healthy Aging
  • Health and well-being
  • Measurement and evaluation
  • GIS applications to community integration/inclusion, health promotion, and recreation resource planning and management
Lindsey Kirschbaum  Profile of Lindsey Kirschbaum

Recreation Management & Recreational Therapy
Assistant Teaching Professor
lkirschbaum@uwlax.edu

Specialty areas:

Developmental/Physical Disabilities, Sensory Integration, Assistive Technology/Adaptive Equipment, Sibling Support

Brian Kumm-Schaley  Profile of Brian Kumm-Schaley

Recreation Management & Recreational Therapy
Associate Professor
bkumm-schaley@uwlax.edu

Specialty areas:

*     Community Recreation and Social Belonging

*     Leisure and Culture

*     Theories of Affect

*     Qualitative and Postqualitative Inquiry

*     Deleuze & Deleuzian approaches to research and leisure

W. Thomas Means  Profile of W. Thomas Means

Recreation Management & Recreational Therapy
Assistant Professor
wmeans@uwlax.edu

Specialty areas:

-Philosophy of Science, Paradigms, and Epistemological Anarchy

-Constructive Developmental Theory

-Meaning Making and Leisure

-Developmental Disability and Camp

Daniel Plunkett  Profile of Daniel Plunkett

Recreation Management & Recreational Therapy
Associate Professor
dplunkett@uwlax.edu

Specialty areas:

Event planning, event management, tourism, outdoor recreation, place attachment, social media use in recreation/tourism

Lisa Savarese  Profile of Lisa Savarese

Recreation Management & Recreational Therapy
Associate Teaching Professor
lsavarese@uwlax.edu

Specialty areas:

Adapted sports and recreational therapy 

Jennifer Taylor  Profile of Jennifer Taylor

Recreation Management & Recreational Therapy
Assistant Professor
jtaylor@uwlax.edu

Specialty areas:

Director, Health Science Interprofessional Research Center

"Dr. Wags" Facility Service Dog Program

RMTR Faculty Paddle Boarding & Kayaking at Fall Retreat

RMTR Faculty on paddle boards at summer retreat