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Faculty and Staff Profile

Lauren Stephens


Office: Barre 2031
Phone: 8032154381

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Clemson University 2019

MPW Professional Writing
University of Oklahoma 2015

BS Secondary Education
University of South Carolina Aiken 2011

 Courses Taught

YDP 3000: Youth Development in Society
YDP 3050: Theory and Philosophy of Youth Development Work
YDP 3200: Youth Development in Sport and Physical Activities
YDP 3350: Youth Activity Facilitation and Leadership
YDP 3400: Delivering Effective Youth Programs

PRTM 9080: Writing Mentorship Program
PRTM 9110: Professional Issues in PRTM


Lauren E. Stephens, Ph.D. is a Lecturer for the Youth Development Leadership program in the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management department at Clemson University. Her research explores the ways contextual factors, such as relationships and social media, influence student-athletes' perceptions of body image, eating behaviors, and related symptoms.

 Research Interests

Recreation, leisure, and sport for preventative mental health
Holistic youth development through sport and physical activities
Body image and eating behaviors
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

 Research Publications

Garst, B.A., Bowers, E.P., & Stephens, L. (in review). A randomized study of CrossFit Kids for fostering health/fitness and academic outcomes in middle school students. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Kleinbort, T., Duffy, L., Powell, G., Fogle, E., Gremlin, P., Kakraba, K., Olsen, L, & Stephens, L. E. (2020). Writing in the discipline: A writing mentorship program to enhance student writing skills in the leisure field. Schole: The Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education.

Larson, L. R., Szczythko, R., Bowers, E. P., Stephens, L. E., Stevenson, K. T., & Floyd, M. R. (2019). Outdoor time, screen time, and connection to nature: Troubling trends among rural youth? Environment and Behavior, 51(8), 966-991.

Stephens, L. E., Bowers, E. P., & Lerner, J. V. (2017). Positive youth development and adolescent eating disorder symptomatology: The role of natural mentors. Journal of Community Psychology, 46, 473-488. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21952

Coleman, B. K., Stephens, L.E., and Lintner, T. (2012). “Hometown history” setting for interdisciplinary planning. South Carolina Middle School Association Journal, 6, 98-106.

 Honors and Awards

The Academy of Leisure Sciences, 2020 Innovation in Teaching Award: PRTM Writing Mentor Project
2019 College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, Doctoral Degree Teaching Award
2019 Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Fran McGuire Excellence in Teaching Award
2017 College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, Teaching Innovation Award, Clemson University, PRTM Writing Mentor Project
2017 UGA Innovation in Teaching Conference, Innovation in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award Finalist, PRTM Writing Mentor Project
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (member, 2017-present)
Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education (member, 2009-2011)