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Recreational Therapy Faculty

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Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Ph.D., CTRS, FDRT
Tel: 864-656-1189
Marieke's Faculty Profile

Marieke Van Puymbroeck is a recreational therapist and rehabilitation scientist. She received her B.S. in therapeutic recreation from Longwood College (now University), her M.S. in therapeutic recreation and Ph.D. in rehabilitation science from the University of Florida. She is the recreational therapy coordinator at Clemson University and is the past president of the National Academy of Recreational Therapists and the American Therapeutic Recreation Association. Her research interests are in the area of integrative medicine, primarily yoga, as a means to promote health and well-being for individuals with chronic disease and disability.

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Jasmine Townsend, Ph.D., CTRS 
Tel:  864-656-2198
Jasmine's Faculty Profile

Jasmine Townsend is a recreational therapist. She received her B.A. in history teaching and PE/coaching from Utah State University, her M.S. in youth and family recreation from Brigham Young University and her Ph.D. in leisure behavior from Indiana University. Her research interests include examining the impacts of family recreation participation on family well-being for different types of families, as well as the outcomes of participation in recreation programs (both therapeutic and non-therapeutic) for injured military service members and their families.

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Brandi Crowe, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS
Tel: 864-656-3771
Brandi's Faculty Profile

Brandi Crowe is a recreational therapist. She received her B.S. in leisure studies from the University of South Alabama, her M.S. is in recreation from the State University of New York at Cortland, and her Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from Clemson University. Her research interests include the role of leisure within stress and coping processes, and the use of complementary and integrative health approaches with individuals who have chronic health conditions.

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Stephen Lewis, Ph.D., CTRS
Tel: 864-656-1229
Stephen's Faculty Profile

Stephen Lewis received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in recreation and leisure services administration (with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation) from Florida State University, and his Ph.D. in leisure behavior from Indiana University. His main academic interests include mental health recovery, obesity-stigma and LGBT issues in recreation and leisure. 

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Deborah Tysor, Ph.D., CTRS
Tel: 864-656-3771
Deborah's Faculty Profile

Deborah Tysor is a certified recreational therapist. Her research focuses on the mental health benefits of nature-based recreation for veterans with PTSD, with an emphasis on social support and evidence-based interventions. She serves as the chair of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) veterans and military section, as well as an editorial board member for the veterans section of the American Journal of Recreation Therapy, and previously served as a board member for the Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education (CARTE).

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Carmen Hawkins, CTRS, CCLS

Carmen Hawkins is a dual-certified recreational therapist and child life specialist and received her B.S. in recreational therapy from East Carolina University. She completed her internship in oncology, specifically in the bone marrow transplant unit. Shortly after graduating, she worked in a group home setting and long-term care setting. She completed a year-long fellowship where she worked as a recreational therapist in many areas including inpatient rehabilitation, burn center, oncology and pediatrics. This fellowship helped her decide to pursue a certification as a child life specialist in addition to the CTRS. She also has experience as a senior center manager where she assisted seniors age 55 and older with wellness and lifelong learning.