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Faculty and Staff Profile

Jasmine Townsend

Assistant Professor, Recreational Therapy
MS in Recreational Therapy Program Coordinator

Office: 280A Lehotsky Hall
Phone: 864-656-2198

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Leisure Behavior
Indiana University 2012

M.S. Youth & Family Recreation
Brigham Young University 2008

B.A. History Teaching & P.E./Coaching
Utah State University 2005

 Courses Taught

PRTM 3260 Implementation & Evaluation in Recreational Therapy: Physical Health Conditions
PRTM 4145 Adaptive Sports and Recreation
PRTM 8710 Applied Research Methods in Recreational Therapy
PRTM 8750 Program Development and Consulting in Recreational Therapy
PRTM 9300 Doctoral Residency I
PRTM 9310 Doctoral Residency II
PRTM 9320 Doctoral Residency III
PRTM 9360 Research Practicum
PADM 8410 Public Data Analysis


Dr. Jasmine Townsend is an Assistant Professor in Recreational Therapy within the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at Clemson University.  Her primary research interest includes investigating the outcomes of participation in recreation for families of all types, including those with members with disabilities. Her current research area focuses on the outcomes of participation in recreational therapy and adaptive sports for military service members and their families. Dr. Townsend is a past co-leader of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association’s Military/Veterans Affairs Treatment Network and has a history of publications and presentations regarding the relationship between participation in family recreation and elements of healthy functioning families. She also serves as a co-leader for the Veterans Affairs section of the American Journal of Recreation Therapy. Dr. Townsend’s practical experience includes working in community adaptive sports and therapeutic recreation programs as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.

 Research Interests

Military families, injured military service members, family leisure and family well-being (family functioning, family communication, satisfaction with family life and leisure); adaptive sport and recreation, outcomes of recreational therapy and mechanisms that produce those outcomes

 Research Publications

23. Gagnon, R., Garst, B., & Townsend, J. (accepted). Tough decisions in medical specialty camps: Exploring the relationship between dosage, changes in diabetes management behavior, and scholarship provision. Manuscript accepted to Journal of Social Science and Medicine.

22. Williamson, M., Zabriskie, R., Ward, P., Townsend, J., Fellingham, G., & Kuznetsova, I. (accepted). The contribution of family leisure to family functioning and family satisfaction among urban Russian families. Manuscript accepted to Annals of Leisure Research.

21. Hawkins, B., Townsend, J, Heath, S., & Lipton, K. (accepted). The preliminary effects of a recreation-based military family camp. Manuscript accepted to American Journal of Recreational Therapy.

20. Adams, E., & Townsend, J. (2018). A systematic review of yoga and schizophrenia spectrum disorders: Implications for recreational therapy practitioners. American Journal of Recreational Therapy, 17(2), 37-46. doi: 10.5055/ajrt.2018.0160

19. Melton, K., Townsend, J., & Hodge, C. (2018). The creation of military family experiences. Journal of Family Theory & Review: Special Issue on Military-Veteran Connected Families – Advances in Theory and Methodology, 10(3), 602-619. doi: 10.1111/jftr.12273

18. Townsend, J., Hawkins, B., Bennett, J., Hoffman, J., Martin, T., Sotherden, E., & Bridges, W. (2018). Preliminary long-term health outcomes associated with recreation-based health & wellness programs for injured service members. Cogent Psychology, 5(1), 1-17. doi: 10.1080/23311908.2018.1444330

17. Griffiths, H., & Townsend, J. (2018). Programming for military children: An assessment of current programs and how to gain momentum. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 10(2).

16. Page, J., & Townsend, J. (2018). The role of recreation and recreation therapists in developing a recovery oriented identity for people with substance use disorders. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 36(2), 238-254. doi: 10.1080/07347324.2017.1407225

15. Walters, A., Van Puymbroeck, M., Townsend, J., Linder, S., & Schmid, A. (2017). A systematic review of mind and body complementary health practices for informal caregivers. American Journal of Recreational Therapy, 16(3), 29-35. doi: 10.5055/ajrt.2017.0138

14. Bennett, J., Piatt, J., & Townsend, J., & Taylor, J. (2017). If you don’t measure it, you won’t improve it: The advancement of recreational therapy through collaborative research projects. American Journal of Recreational Therapy 16(3), 7-15. doi: 10.5055/ajrt.2017.0136

13. Townsend, J., Van Puymbroeck, M., & Zabriskie, R. (2017). The Core and Balance Model of Family Leisure Functioning: A systematic review. Leisure Sciences, 39(5), 436-456. doi: 10.1080/01490400.2017.1333057.

12. Townsend, J., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2017). Parental perceptions of changes in family well-being following participation in a camp: Experiences of families with a child with an ASD. Therapeutic Recreation Journal: Special Issue on Autism, 51(2). doi: 10.18666/TRJ-2017-V51-I2-8359.

11. Goodwin, B., Hawkins, B., Townsend, J., Van Puymbroeck, M., & Lewis, S. (2016). Therapeutic riding and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An application of the theory of self-efficacy. American Journal of Recreational Therapy, 15(4), 41-47.

10. Hodge, C.J., Zabriskie, R.B., Townsend, J., Eggett, D., & Poff, R.A. (2016). Family Leisure Functioning: A cross-national study. Leisure Sciences, 1-22. doi: 10.1080/01490400.2016.1203847

9. Hawkins, B., Townsend, J., & Garst, B. (2016). Nature-based recreational therapy for military service members: A strengths-based approach. Therapeutic Recreation Journal: Special Issue on Strength-Based Interventions, 50(1), 55-74. doi: 10.18666/TRJ-2016-V50-I1-6439

8. Townsend, J., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2014). Modification procedures for instruments used with adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder: Pilot testing and initial psychometrics. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 48(1), 15-30.

7. Townsend, J., Hsieh, P.C., Van Puymbroeck, M., Johnston, J., Gassman, R., Agley, J., Middlestadt, S., & YoussefAgha, A. (2013). Sense of coherence, perceived stress, and health related quality of life in college students. Illuminare: A Student Journal of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Studies, 11.

6. Townsend, J., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2013). Understanding the intentions of families with a child with autism to participate in a family recreation program: A pilot study. American Journal of Recreational Therapy, 12(1), 16-22.

5. Townsend, J., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2012). Development and evaluation of a family recreation intervention for families with an adolescent with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. American Journal of Recreational Therapy, 11(4), 27-37.

4. Townsend, J. & Zabriskie, R. (2010). Family leisure among families with a child in mental health treatment: Therapeutic recreation implications. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 44(1), 11-34.

3. Poff, R., Zabriskie, R., & Townsend, J. (2010). Modeling family leisure and family related constructs: A national study of U.S. parent and youth perspectives. Journal of Leisure Research, 42(3), 365-391.

2. Poff, R., Zabriskie, R., & Townsend, J. (2010). Australian family leisure: Modeling parent and youth data. Annals of Leisure Research, 13(3), 420-438.

1. Redd, A., Lundberg, N., Nutter, J., & Smith, E. (2009). Using recreational therapy to improve coping self-efficacy among adolescents in residential treatment settings: A student perspective. Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, 17, 61-72.

 Honors and Awards

2016-2018 Clemson University School of Health Research Faculty Scholar
2017 American Therapeutic Recreation Association Scholarly Achievement Award


Dr. Townsend and Dr. Hawkins speak about recreation and wellness research
Adaptive sports and inclusive recreation in Thailand Part 1
Adaptive sports and inclusive recreation in Thailand Part 2