I am an Assistant Professor in Recreation Management and Policy at the University of New Hampshire. Employing primarily mixed methodologies, my research examines community-based outdoor and adaptive sports recreational therapy programs for Veterans and Military Service Members with behavioral health disorders. My research can be categorized into three areas: 1) efficacy research; 2) effectiveness research; and 3) implementation research. Using efficacy research, I examine if the use of a particular modality has positive outcomes for Veterans and Military Services members with behavioral health disorders. Another area of my research focuses on the effectiveness of applying a specific model in community-based programs for Veterans with behavioral health disorders. I also examine barriers associated with the implementation of community-based outdoor and adaptive sport recreational therapy programs for Veterans and Military Service Members with behavioral health disorders.
A second aspect of my career involves educating and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. I teach courses such as recreational therapy and behavioral health, recreational therapy leadership, planning, and facilitation, and implementing recreation services with a justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion lens. I have developed these areas of expertise through years of professional practice as a recreational therapist and my research interest areas. I include applied, experiential, and critical thinking skills throughout all of my courses to develop high quality recreational therapist and recreation professionals.
- Behavior and Health
- Behavior Modification
- BEHAVIORAL/SOCIAL SCIENCES
- Disabled Veterans
- Emotional/Mental Health
- Health, Allied Fields
- Mental Disorders/Illness
- Recreation and Leisure Studies
- Recreational & Leisure Activities
- Rehabilitation for People With Disabilities
- Rehabilitation/Therapy, Emotional/Social
- Rehabilitation/Therapy, Physical
- Social/Recreation Services for People With Disabilities
- Substance Abuse
- Substance Abuse Treatment
- Therapeutic Recreation
- 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 963: Graduate Field Practicum
- RMP 970: Teaching Practicum
- RMP 980: Independent Study
Bennett, J. L., Craig, P., Aytur, S., Thompson, T., Roscoe, H. S., & Gravink, J. (2022). Community-Based Recreational Therapy for Veterans with Behavioral Health Disorders: Impacts on Quality of Life, Participation, and Happiness. COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH JOURNAL. doi:10.1007/s10597-022-00962-6
Craig, P. J., Alger, D. M., Bennett, J. L., & Martin, T. P. (2020). The Transformative Nature of Fly-Fishing for Veterans and Military Personnel with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. THERAPEUTIC RECREATION JOURNAL, 54(2), 150-172. doi:10.18666/TRJ-2020-V54-I2-9965
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
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.).
Aytur, S. A., Bennett, J., Thompson, C., & Craig, P. (n.d.). The PATH to active living: Promoting Access, Transition, and Health for rural veterans in the home/community environment.. American Journal of Health Promotion.
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