Jessie Bennett, PhD, CTRS/L is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation Management and Policy. She received her B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation from Green Mountain College, her M.S. in Youth and Family Recreation from Brigham Young University, and her Ph.D. in Leisure Behavior from Indiana University. After completing her B.S., she worked as a recreational therapist (RT) for a residential rehabilitation center for children with developmental disabilities. During her M.S. and PhD., she worked as a RT with military service members with combat-related disabilities and their families. She has extensive clinical training as an RT, with most of her career working as an RT in adaptive sports programs for Veterans with disabilities. Employing primarily mixed methodologies, her research is focused on examining the outcomes of RT programs for Veterans with physical and psychological disabilities. She has worked with Northeast Passage to collect data on the outcomes of the PATH™ model.
Ph.D., Parks, Recreation and Leisure, Indiana University - Bloomington
M.S., Parks, Recreation and Leisure, Brigham Young University
B.S., Therapeutic Recreation, Green Mountain College
Behavior and Health
Health, Allied Fields
Recreation and Leisure Studies
Recreational & Leisure Activities
Rehabilitation for People With Disabilities
Social/Recreation Services for People With Disabilities
Substance Abuse Treatment
RMP 501: Rec Serv Indiv w/Disabilities
RMP 504: Therp Rec Mental Hlth Princple
RMP 563: Rec Mgt & Policy Practicum
RMP 612: Ther Comm Tech in TR
RMP 796: Independent Study
RMP 800: Concepts Recreation & Leisure
RMP 980: Independent Study
Townsend, J., Hawkins, B. L., Bennett, J. L., Hoffman, J., Martin, T., Sotherden, E., & Bridges, W. (2018). Preliminary long-term health outcomes associated with recreation-based health and wellness programs for injured service members. COGENT PSYCHOLOGY, 5(1). doi:10.1080/23311908.2018.1444330
Bennett, PhD, CTRS, J. L., Piatt, PhD, CTRS, J. A., Townsend, PhD, CTRS, J., & Taylor, MS, CTRS, J. (2017). If you don't measure it, you won't improve it: The advancement of recreational therapy through collaborative research. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 16(3), 7. doi:10.5055/ajrt.2017.0136
Bennett, J. L., Piatt, J. A., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2017). Outcomes of a Therapeutic Fly-Fishing Program for Veterans with Combat-Related Disabilities: A Community-Based Rehabilitation Initiative. COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH JOURNAL, 53(7), 756-765. doi:10.1007/s10597-017-0124-9
Thompson, C. V., Bennett, J. L., Sable, J. R., & Gravink, J. (2016). Northeast Passage PATH (TM) Program A Strengths-Based and Recovery-Oriented Approach for Veterans Who Experience Mental Health Disorders. THERAPEUTIC RECREATION JOURNAL, 50(2), 138-154. doi:10.18666/TRJ-2016-V50-I2-6788
Townsend, J., Hawkins, B., & Bennett, J. L. (2014). Military service members. In D. R. Austin, M. E. Crawford, B. McCormick, & M. Van Puymbroeck (Eds.), Recreational Therapy: An Introduction (4th ed., pp. 253-278). Urbana, IL: Sagamore Publishing.
Vella, E. J., Milligan, B., & Bennett, J. L. (2013). Participation in Outdoor Recreation Program Predicts Improved Psychosocial Well-Being Among Veterans With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Pilot Study. MILITARY MEDICINE, 178(3), 254-260. doi:10.7205/MILMED-D-12-00308
Townsend, J., Hawkins, B., Bennett, J., Franklin, T., Hoffman, J., & Lundberg, N. (2015, October 22). Examining the Health Outcomes Associated with Participation in Veteran-Centered Therapeutic Recreation Services. In 2nd Annual R4 Alliance Membership Conference. The Villiages, FL.
Bennett, J. L., & Devine, M. A. (n.d.). Person-first philosophy in therapeutic recreation. In T. Long, & T. Robertson (Eds.), Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation. (2nd ed.).