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Faculty and Staff Profile

Sarah Fischer

Ph.D. Student




Educational Background

PhD candidate

Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Cognate in Recreational Therapy
Clemson University Expected completion 12/2023

M. A. Holistic and Integrative Education
California State University, San Bernardino 2009

B. S. Recreation Management with emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation
Arizona State University 1997

Courses Taught

Fischer, S. & Ramella, K. (Spring, 2021). Arizona State University, Undergraduate course:
PRM 406: Program Design and Administration in Recreation Therapy; Synchronous/ online.


Sarah Fischer, PhD(c), MA, CTRS is a certified therapeutic recreation specialist for over 25 years. She has experience working with individuals with varying disabilities and health conditions across the lifespan, including physical rehabilitation, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and behavioral health. Her research interests center around advancing evidence-based recreational therapy practices for adults with serious mental illness in forensic and correctional settings.

Research Publications

Hooker, T., McCool, S., Fischer, S. R., Tysor, D., & Qwynne Lackey, N. (2022). Exploring changes in depression and meaning in life through river rafting for veterans [Special Issue, Part II: Community Impacts of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership]. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 14(2), 16-33.

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