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Faculty and Staff Profile

Hsuan Hsieh

Ph.D. Student

Office: Sirrine Hall 117



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Educational Background

2018 National Taiwan University M.Sc. Forestry

2016 National Chung-Hsing University B.Sc. Forestry

Courses Taught

2023 Guest lecturer, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM), Clemson University– “Introduction to Forest Therapy in Taiwan.”

2022 Guest lecturer, Department of Forestry and Resource Conservation, National Taiwan University – “Introduction to Forest Therapy Activity Design.”

2021-2022 Guest lecturer, Department of International Tourism Management, Tamkang University – “Introduction to Forest Therapy and Activity Design.”


A Ph.D. student in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management. Originally from Taiwan, she earned her degree in Forestry from National Taiwan University, concentrating on the health benefits of nature, particularly its impact on the cognitive functions of the elderly population. Her research interests revolve around investigating how nature interactions can boost various aspects of health. This study area was inspired by her experiences and previous forest therapy work. As a certified forest therapist in Taiwan, she actively works to bridge the gap between practice and research by participating in forest therapy activities and research.

Research Interests

• Nature & Health: Examining the effect of interacting with nature environment on human wellbeing
• Natural-Based Therapy: Investigating the health benefits of forest therapy and horticultural therapy
• Healthy Aging: Studying the influence of nature on cognitive function in seniors

Research Publications

Yu, C. P. S., & Hsieh, H. (2020). Beyond restorative benefits: Evaluating the effect of forest therapy on creativity. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 51, 126670.

Honors and Awards

National Outdoor Recreation Conference (NORC) Student Scholarship Recipient
Southeast Environment and Recreation Research Conference (SERR)
• Awarded as one of the top 3 posters in the graduate student category

Graduate Travel Grant (GTG), Clemson University Graduate Student Government
• Awarded travel grant to attend the National Outdoor Recreation Conference 2024

Elsevier ATLAS Awards Nomination
• The article "Beyond restorative benefits: Evaluating the effect of forest therapy on creativity." was selected as one of the top 10 best articles dedicated to SDG 15 Life on Land

Outstanding Research Paper Award, The Outdoor Recreation Association of R.O.C
• Awarded as one of the top 3 master's theses in the field of outdoor recreation

NSTC-DAAD Summer Institute Program
• Fully funded scholarship recipient, National Science and Technology Council - NSTC, German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD
• Conducted two-month field research on ecovillages in Germany, including interviews with 37 respondents on the relationship between health and nature



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