Anita R. Tucker, Associate Professor, Social Work

Anita Tucker

Phone: (603) 862-2965
Office: Social Work, Pettee Hall Rm 119C, Durham, NH 03824

Dr. Anita R. Tucker is a Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Social Work at the University of New Hampshire in the College of Health and Human Services. She is the Coordinator of UNH's Dual Masters Degree in Social Work and Recreation Management and Policy which prepares graduate students for careers in adventure and wilderness therapy. In addition, Dr. Tucker is the Associate Director of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH) Center for Research where she is responsible for the promotion of research, accreditation and risk management in wilderness and adventure therapy programs. Dr. Tucker's research focuses primarily on the process and outcomes of wilderness and community based applications of adventure therapy and experiential engagement.

Courses Taught

  • SW 797/865: Special Topics
  • SW 865: Adventure Therapy Facilitation
  • SW 962: Data Analysis and Statistics
  • SW 992: Special Projects & Ind Study


  • Ph.D., Social Work, Boston College
  • M.S.W., Social Work, University of Michigan
  • B.A., Political Science & Government, Dartmouth College

Selected Publications

  • Myrick, L., Wermer-Colan, A., Norton, C., & Tucker, A. (2021). Understanding trauma-related distress among wilderness therapy field staff. Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Prorgrams, 13(1), 69-101.

  • Alvarez, T. G., Stauffer, G., Lung, D. M., Sacksteder, K., Beale, B., & Tucker, A. R. (2020). Adventure Group Psychotherapy An Experiential Approach to Treatment.

  • Tucker, A. R., Norton, C. L., Stifler, J., Gass, M., & Bostick, K. (2020). Best practices for working with transgender clients in Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare. Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, 7, 53-69. doi:10.19157/JTSP.issue.12.01.04

  • Norton, C. L., Tucker, A., Pelletier, A., VanKanegan, C., Bogs, K., & Foerster, E. (2020). Utilizing Outdoor Adventure Therapy to Increase Hope and Well-Being Among Women at a Homeless Shelter. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 12(1), 87-101. doi:10.18666/jorel-2020-v12-i1-9928

  • DeMille, S., Tucker, A. R., Gass, M. A., Javorski, S., VanKanegan, C., Talbot, B., & Karoff, M. (2018). The effectiveness of outdoor behavioral healthcare with struggling adolescents: A comparison group study a contribution for the special issue: Social innovation in child and youth services. CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW, 88, 241-248. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.03.015