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Faculty Scholar Brent Hawkins, Ph.D. at  Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Brent Hawkins, Ph.D., L.R.T./C.T.R.S.

Assistant Professor
Recreational Therapy
Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
Clemson University

Contact: 864-656-0458 or blhawki@clemson.edu  


Who is Professor Hawkins?

Brent Hawkins is an Assistant Professor of Recreational Therapy within the department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at Clemson University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy (2006) and his master’s degree in Recreational Therapy Administration (2009) at East Carolina University followed by his doctor of philosophy degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation (2013) at Clemson University. Brent is a certified and licensed recreational therapist who has experience working in inpatient physical rehabilitation and community mental health programs. His research investigates the functional, community reintegration, quality of life, and other health outcomes associated with recreational therapy and rehabilitation programs for civilians and military veterans with disabling conditions. Healthy community reintegration among civilians and military veterans are among his top research priorities. Most notably, Brent has previously partnered with the Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital and Neuroscience Associates within Greenville Health Systems.

How Professor Hawkins' research is transforming health care

Brent’s research investigates the rehabilitative and transitional needs of civilians and military veterans who have disabling conditions. His research informs the development of rehabilitative interventions and programs designed to restore and promote functioning and health. For example, he has completed a series of studies investigating the barriers and facilitators of community reintegration for military veterans with physical and psychological injuries. These studies have been used by governmentally funded (e.g., Veterans Affairs) and non-profit agencies (e.g., R4 Alliance organizations) to develop or improve their rehabilitative and transitional services. His research also evaluates the effectiveness of rehabilitative interventions and programs. He has completed many outcome-based studies including, but not limited to, a cost-effectiveness analysis of therapies provided in in-patient spinal cord injury rehabilitation, effects of a recreation-based camp on family functioning for veterans and their families, effects of a yoga therapy intervention on individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, and the effects of equine-assisted therapy on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. These studies have helped to inform the use of these therapies and programs on distinct target populations. His research impacts the agency in which the studies were conducted as well as contributes to the empirical literature that informs other evidence-based programs.


Health Research Expertise Keywords

Therapy, Rehabilitation, Outcomes, Military, Veterans, Recreation, Sport, Disability, Injury, Reintegration, Health Promotion, Health, Mixed Methods