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Faculty and Staff Profile

Deborah Tysor


Office: 276C Lehotsky Hall
Phone: 864-656-3771

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
University of Utah 2019

M.S. Parks, Recreation, and Tourism - Therapeutic Recreation
University of Utah 2016

B.A. Sociology
Azusa Pacific University 2009

 Courses Taught

PRTM 1980 - Creative Inquiry in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
PRTM 2220 - Foundations of PRTM
PRTM 2260 - Foundations of Management and Administration in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
PRTM 2270 - Provision of Leisure Services Experiences
PRTM 2290 - Competency Integration in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
PRTM 2600 - Foundations of Recreational Therapy
PRTM 2650 - Terminology in Recreational Therapy Practice
PRTM 3260 - Recreational Therapy Implementation and Evaluation: Physical Health Conditions


Deborah Tysor is a Lecturer of Recreational Therapy in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at Clemson University. Dr. 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).

 Research Interests

The efficacy of recreational therapy and complementary health interventions to improve military veteran health, wellbeing, and social functioning.

 Research Publications

Townsend, J., Hawkins, B., Bennett, J., & Tysor, D. (2019). Chapter 12: Military Service Members. In Austin, D., Crawford, M., McCormick, B., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (Eds.) Recreational Therapy: An Introduction (5th ed.). Champaign, IL: Sagamore Publishing.

Lackey, N. Q., Tysor, D. A., McNay, G. D., Joyner, L., Baker, K. H., & Hodge, C. (2019). Mental Health Benefits of Nature-Based Recreation: A Systematic Review. Annals of Leisure Research. DOI: 10.1080/11745398.2019.1655459

Tysor, D. (2019). Mind-body interventions for veteran and military community members: A research update. American Therapeutic Recreation Association Newsletter, 35(2), 7-8.

Zajchowski, C. A. B., Tysor, D. A., Brownlee, M. T. J., & Rose, J. (2019). Air quality and visitor behavior in U.S. protected areas. Human Ecology, 47(1), 1-12.

Tysor, D. (2018). Suicide risk factors among veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Implications for Recreation Therapy. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 17(1), 9-14.

Newman, S. B., Herrmann, D. C., Naaman, K. B., Means, W. T., Tysor, D. A., Berman, R. J., Walter, A. A., Robledo, M. V., & Oliphant, E. L. (2018). Social and integrative approaches to health in Zion National Park. The George Wright Forum, 35(3).

Tysor, D. & Eichner, H. (2018). Best Practices When Serving People Who are LGBTQ+. American Therapeutic Recreation Association. Behavioral Health Section Blog.

Tysor, D. (2017). Understanding and Responding Effectively to Self-Injury Among Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. American Therapeutic Recreation Association Newsletter, 33(3), 9.

Dustin, D., Tysor, D., Bricker, K. & Brownlee, M. (2017). Warriors on cataract. River Management Society Journal, 30(3), 1, 4-9.

Tysor, D., Brownlee, M., Bricker, K., Dustin, D. & Bell, S. (2017). North America’s rivers: Pathways to recovery? River Management Society Journal, 30(2), 20-24.