The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Dr. Brent L. Hawkins

Assistant Professor
Tel: 864-656-0458
Location: 271B Lehotsky Hall

B.S. East Carolina University (Recreational Therapy)
M.S. East Carolina University (Recreational Therapy Administration)
Ph.D Clemson University (Therapeutic Recreation)

Additional Professional Responsibilities:
  • PRTM Department Advisory Committee
  • HEHD Technology, Learning Resources and Public Relations
  • ATRA Military/VA Treatment Network co-leader
Research Interests:
  • Outcome assessment in recreation therapy programs
  • Community reintegration among individuals with disabilities
  • Recreation therapy's role in assisting injured service members with reintegrating into the community
Publications: (last 5 years)

Hawkins, B.L., Ryan, J.B., Cory, A.L, & Donaldson, M.C. (2014).  Effects of equine-assisted therapy on gross motor skills of two children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A single-subject research study. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 48(2), 135-149.

Hawkins, B.L., Stegall, J.B., Weber, M.F., & Ryan, J.B. (2012). The influence of a yoga exercise program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. International Journal of Yoga, 5(2), 151-156.

Hawkins, B.L., Cory, A.L., & Crowe, B.M. (2011). Effects of participation in a paralympic military sports camp on injured service members: Implications for therapeutic recreation. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 45(4), 309-325.

Hawkins, B.L., Cory, A.L., McGuire, F.A., & Allen, L.R. (2011). Therapeutic recreation in education: Considerations for therapeutic recreation practitioners, school systems, and policy-makers. Journal of Disability Policy Studies. In press. (Published online October 11, 2011)

Grants and Self-funded Research Projects:

2014 - Understanding Female Service Members' Experiences with Community Reintegration after Injury; Clemson University's Office of Sponsored Programs University Research Grant Committee Award; PI; $10,000 - funded

2012 - College of Health, Education, and Human Development Interdisciplinary Research Innovations.  Clemson Equine-Assisted Therapy (CLEAT) for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. PI- Joseph Ryan; Co-PI- Lynne Cory; Graduate student-Brent Hawkins. $50,000- funded

Courses Taught: 
  • PRTM 311 - Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation
  • PRTM 416 - Leisure and Aging
  • PRTM 417 - Therapeutic Recreation Processes I
  • PRTM 418 - Therapeutic Recreation Processes II
  • PRTM 426 - Trends and Issues in RT
  • PRTM 3270 - RT Implementation and Evaluation - Mental Health Conditions
  • PRTM 3240 - Assessment and Planning in RT
  • PRTM 9080 - Foundations and Contemporary Issues in RT