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Faculty and Staff Profile

Jasmine Townsend

Assistant Professor, Recreational Therapy
Program Coordinator, Online Master\\\'s in Recreational Therapy

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 4220 Management of Recreational Therapy Services
PRTM 8710 Applied Research Methods in Recreational Therapy
PRTM 8720 Advanced Facilitation Techniques in Recreational Therapy
PRTM 9080 Graduate Statistics for PRTM
PRTM 9300 Doctoral Residency I
PRTM 9310 Doctoral Residency II
PRTM 9320 Doctoral Residency III
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 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 and therapeutic recreation programs as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Recent News: Interview at R4 Alliance conference about Clemson-R4 Alliance collaborative research project

 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

14. Townsend, J., Hawkins, B., Bennett, J., Hoffman, J., & Martin, T. (in review). Health outcomes associated with participation in military-focused therapeutic programs for injured service members and veterans. Manuscript submitted to Military Behavioral Health.

13. Townsend, J., Van Puymbroeck, M., & Zabriskie, R. (in press). The Core and Balance Model of Family Leisure Functioning: A systematic review. Manuscript accepted to the Journal of Leisure Research: Special Issue on Family Leisure.

12. Townsend, J., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (in review). Parental perceptions of changes in family well-being following participation in a camp: Experiences of families with a child with an ASD. Manuscript submitted to Leisure Sciences.

11. Goodwin, B., Hawkins, B., & Townsend, J. (2016). Therapeutic riding and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An application of the theory of self-efficacy. American Journal of Recreational Therapy.

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.