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Online Ph.D. RT Student Biographies

Em Adams, CTRS, TRS

  • Current job: Recreational Therapist at Utah State Hospital
  • Research interests: Yoga and Mental health, International Recreation Therapy, RT Interventions for Trauma, assessment and evaluation
  • Leisure/recreation interests: Yoga, camping, hiking, paddle boarding, photography, music, art, ephemeral art, rock climbing, skiing, rafting

Felicia Bowens, LRT, CTRS

  • Current job: Recreational Therapist
  • Research interests: Biofeedback, HeartMath, Individuals with chronic illness
  • Leisure/recreation interests: cooking, creative arts (painting, poetry)

Heather K. Bright, MS, CTRS

  • Current job: Recreational Therapist at LIFE Beaver County (Living Independence For the Elderly), Adjunct Faculty at Slippery Rock University
  • Research interests: Aquatic Therapy, Leadership, Community based recreational therapy
  • Leisure/recreation interests: kayaking, swimming, gardening, yoga, reading, walking/hiking, and watching movies… especially horror movies, and going to festivals

Jacqueline Lucille Dyke, CTRS, Specialization in Behavioral Health

  • Current Job: Recovery Services Director, Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare
  • Research Interests: Substance Use Disorders, Play, Leisure in recovery, Play in predicting substance use disorders, Therapeutic benefits of nature
  • Leisure Interests: Being outdoors with my family, watching my child discover new things, spending time with my pets, camping, swimming, walking/hiking, reading

Donna Gregory, MBA, CTRS

  • Current job: Chief, Recreation Therapy, National Institutes of Health
  • Research interests: Pediatric Oncology, Traumatic Brain Injury, Quality of life
  • Leisure/recreation interests: Traveling, hiking, spending time with family, college sports fan

Haley Griffiths, MS, CTRS

  • Current job: Recreation Therapist on the mental health team at Morgan County Correctional Complex (state prison)
  • Research interests: Mental/behavioral health, Drug and alcohol
  • Leisure/recreation interests: Running, taking my dog to the park, hiking, camping, anything outdoors.

Jason Page, CTRS, CASAC

  • Current job: Training Institute Director at Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare
  • Research interests: Identity, Community based interventions, Administrative development
  • Leisure/recreation interests: Soccer, running, cooking, board games

Karen Carnicello Wenzel, MA, CTRS

  • Current job: Recreation Therapist – West Pines Psychiatric Center, Senior Behavioral Health TR Program Coordinator – Metropolitan State University of Denver – Lecturer II
  • Research interests: Upward Theory of Lifestyle Change, Psychoneuroimmunology and Leisure, Biological Markers of the Leisure State
  • Leisure/recreation interests: Piano, Journaling, Swimming, Gardening, Reading Good Books, Adventures, Travel, Anything out in the mountains 

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