School of Health and Human Sciences


Brent D. Wolfe, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS, FDRT
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Georgia (2004)
Office: 205 Ferguson Bldg
Phone: 336-334-3260
Curriculum Vitae

Brief Bio

Brent D. Wolfe, PhD, CTRS, FDRT is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and has more than 20 years of experience in the RT profession as a practitioner and educator. Dr. Wolfe graduated with his undergraduate degree from Houghton College in New York and earned his Masters and PhD from the University of Georgia. As a practitioner, Dr. Wolfe’s background is adolescent psych and he worked in a locked, residential treatment center for two years. He served as President of the National Therapeutic Recreation Society (NTRS) from 2009-2010 and more recently served on the Board of Directors for the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) as the Treasurer (2016-2019). In addition to his work at UNCG, Dr. Wolfe currently serves as the Executive Director for ATRA. His work has been published in the Therapeutic Recreation Journal, Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, and the Journal of Experiential Education. Dr. Wolfe has also written book chapters for numerous Recreational Therapy and Leadership textbooks. His research interests have included team building, volunteering, and adults with developmental disabilities. Dr. Wolfe is currently engaging in research focused on the lived experiences of adults with developmental disabilities and giving them a voice to share their perspectives of the world around them. He has presented on a variety of topics related to leadership, disability, and recreational therapy at local, state, regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Wolfe believes that the two most important keys to being a successful leader, student, therapist, and person are listening and empathy. He spends his free time with his wife Becky, their two daughters, Austyn Grace and Taylor Faith, their dog Bella, cats Leyla and Blue, and any other critters his daughters catch.