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Faculty and Staff Profile

Stephen T. Lewis, PhD, CTRS


Office: 276B Lehotsky
Phone: 864-656-1229

 Educational Background

PhD Leisure Behavior
Indiana University 2012

MS Recreation and Leisure Services Administration
Florida State University 2000

BS Recreation and Leisure Services Administration (Therapeutic Recreation Emphasis)
Florida State University 1999

 Courses Taught

PRTM 2650 Terminology in Recreational Therapy Practice
PRTM 3220 Facilitation Techniques in Recreational Therapy
PRTM 3230 Professional Preparation for Recreational Therapy Practice
PRTM 3280 Preceptorship in Recreational Therapy
PRTM 4050 Internship in Recreational Therapy
PRTM 4980 Creative Inquiry
PRTM 8040 Independent Study
PRTM 8130 Qualitative Research Methods in PRTM
PRTM 8730 Advanced Theory and Application in Recreational Therapy
PRTM 8740 Management of Clinical Process in Recreational Therapy
PRTM 9300 Doctoral Residency 1


Dr. Lewis is the fieldwork coordinator in the Recreational Therapy (RT) program at Clemson University, and also instructs in-person and online courses to all levels of RT students. He has been a certified therapeutic recreation specialist since 2000, with the majority of his direct service focusing on adults with severe and persistent mental illness. He began teaching full-time at the Southern Institute of Technology in Invercargill, New Zealand in 2006, immediately before serving as a visiting lecturer at Indiana University (2007-2010) while completing PhD coursework. He then served as a lecturer, and assistant professor (after obtaining PhD degree) at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse (2010-2014), and has been a Clemson tiger since August, 2014. Dr. Lewis is currently serving as a co-chair for both the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) research institute, and the ATRA evidence-based practice team.

 Research Interests

Dr. Lewis has a passion for critical narrative inquiry, and topics of interest range from obesity-stigma, LGBTQ issues, social justice in RT and other leisure settings, scholarship of teaching and learning, and authentic community participation and leisure constraint negotiation.

 Research Publications

Goodwin, B. J., Hawkins, B. L., Townsend, J. A., Van Puymbroeck, M., & Lewis, S. T. (In
press). Therapeutic riding and children with autism spectrum disorder: an application of
the theory of self-efficacy. American Journal of Recreation Therapy.

Lewis, S. T., & Newhouse, G. C. (2014). Obesity-stigma and the “Why Try” model:
Implications for outdoor recreation constraint negotiation. Journal of Outdoor
Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 6(2), 147-160.

Lewis, S. T., & Johnson, C. W. (2011). It’s not that easy: Negotiating (trans)gender
expression in leisure spaces. Leisure/Loisir, Special Issue: Leisure, Space, and Social
Change, 35(2).

Lewis, S. T., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2008). Obesity-stigma as a multifaceted constraint to
leisure. Journal of Leisure Research, 40 (4), pp. 574-588.

Lewis, S. T., Mowatt, R. A., & Yuen, F. (2016). Working through difference:
Acknowledging power, privilege, and the roots of oppression, in E. Sharpe, H. Mair, & F.
Yuen (Eds.) Community Development: Applications for Leisure.

Lewis, S. T., Johnson, C. W., & Kivel, B. D. (2016). (De)constructing the “other”:
Fostering leisure and the development of queer(ed) gender and sexual identities, in B. D.
Kivel, & I. E. Schneider (Eds.) Diversity and the Recreation Profession: Organizational
Perspectives (3rd ed.). Venture Publishing.

Lewis, S. T. (2015). Major depressive disorder, in H. Porter (Ed.) Recreational therapy for
specific diagnoses and conditions. Enumclaw, WA: Idyll Arbor, Inc.

Wilson, J. D., & Lewis, S. T. (2012). Transgender specific programming: An oasis in the
storm, in M. Wagstaff & B. Martin (Eds.) Controversial Issues in Adventure
Programming. Human Kinetics.