School of Health and Human Sciences

CTR Therapeutic Recreation Laboratory

The TR lab is a wonderful resource room not only for TR students but also TR practitioners to explore.  Most resources found in the lab can be checked out on loan for a limited time, allowing students to use the items in practicum, internship and practice.

Some TR content courses are held in this room, where students are taught hands on TR interventions. There are domain sections with cognitive, physical, social, emotional and leisure equipment and tools, a library of books, as well as virtual reality equipment, stress management tools, sports wheelchairs, and Xbox equipment.

The room also has a “sensory area” with a bubble tube, Somatron chair (sensory relaxation), and light curtain.

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Justin HarmonDr. Justin Harmon

Dr. Justin Harmon has three primary threads of research:

  1. music and life course development (how people use music to cope with life transitions and maintain identity);
  2. recreation interventions post-diagnosis of cancer, specifically nature-based activities (e.g., hiking); and
  3. community development, broadly understood (e.g., public-nonprofit partnerships; allocation of public resources; civic engagement; and conflict in public spaces).

Dr. Harmon is particularly interested in how behavior, identity, and experience intersect through leisure, and how the public sphere can support the development of individuals and communities through creating access to life-enhancing leisure opportunities.

Some of his community partners include:

Dr. Harmon’s homepage

kimm smallMs. Kimberly D. Miller

Ms. Kimberly D. Miller is currently conducting research on Inclusive Postsecondary Education: Parent Perspectives on Outcomes for Students with Developmental Disabilities.  The opportunity to go to college is a reality for most high school students.  Until this decade, however, inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) was merely a dream for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

The authorization of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (PL 110-315) in 2008 allowed for the propagation of programs designed to support individuals with IDD in accessing postsecondary education opportunities.  However, little is known about the outcomes associated with IPSE. This study aimed to examine the desired and perceived outcomes of inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) from the perspective of their parents.  Investigators: Kimberly D. Miller, Dr. Stuart J. Schleien, and Dr. Lalenja Harrington

Ms. Miller’s homepage

Dr. Brent Wolfe

Brent WolfeDr. Wolfe’s research interests include exploring the effectiveness of disability simulations in recreational therapy education, understanding the lived experiences of adults with developmental disabilities and volunteering as a therapeutic intervention.

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.

Dr. Wolfe’s homepage