Mike Gass in Kinesiology Outdoor Education

Michael Gass

Director, Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Center, UNH
Phone: (603) 862-2024
Office: Kinesiology, New Hampshire Hall Rm 101, Durham, NH 03824

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.

Courses Taught

  • KIN 885: Program Models & Eval in OE
  • KIN 886: Organiztn&Admn Outdoor Educatn
  • KIN 897: Adv Top in Outdoor Education
  • KIN 993: Teaching Practicum
  • KIN/OUT 882/782: Therapeutic App Adventure Prog
  • OUT 786: Org and Admin OE Programs


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

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: Achieving Voluntad y Convivencia. JOURNAL OF EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION, 39(4), 412-426. doi:10.1177/1053825916674978