Michael Gass

PROFESSOR
Director, Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Center, UNH
Director, National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs Research Database
Phone: (603) 862-2024
Office: Kinesiology, New Hampshire Hall Rm 101, Durham, NH 03824
Mike Gass in Kinesiology Outdoor Education

Michael Gass is a Professor in the Outdoor Education Program in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire. He is one of the creators of the Browne Center, a program development center on adventure learning that serves over 8,000 clients a year with educational, therapeutic, and corporate clients. He also is the co-coordinator of the dual degree program in adventure therapy where students receive Masters degrees in both social work (MSW) and outdoor education (MS).

Mike is the current Director of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center (see obhcenter.org). He also serves as the Director of the NATSAP Research Database Network. His research interests are in the areas of Adventure Therapy, Social Development of Adolescents in Adventure Programs, Risk Management, Adventure Program Accreditation, Adventure Programming and Middle School Students, Wilderness Orientation Programs.

Education

  • Ph.D., Education, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • M.A., Outdoor Education, University of Northern Colorado
  • M.A., Physical Educ. Teach'g&Coach'g, University of Northern Colorado
  • B.A., Physical Educ. Teach'g&Coach'g, St. Olaf College
  • B.A., Health Science, St. Olaf College
  • B.A., Psychology, St. Olaf College

Courses Taught

  • KIN 782: Therapeutic App Adventure Prog
  • KIN 786: Organiztn & Admn OE Programs
  • KIN 883: Pysch Factors of Adventure Ed
  • KIN 885: Program Models & Eval in OE
  • KIN 886: Organiztn&Admn Outdoor Educatn
  • KIN 897: Adv Top in Outdoor Education
  • KIN 950: Internship

Selected Publications

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

Gass, M., Gough, S., Armas, A., & Dolcino, C. (2016). Play for Peace as a Violence Prevention Model. Journal of Experiential Education, 39(4), 412-426. doi:10.1177/1053825916674978