Patricia J. Craig, Associate Professor, Recreation Management and Policy

Patricia Craig

Phone: (603) 862-0140
Office: Recreation Management & Policy, Hewitt Hall Rm 101, Durham, NH 03824

I am an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Recreation Management and Policy.

I am a nationally certified and New Hampshire licensed recreation therapist (CTRS/L). Prior to my faculty appointment at University of New Hampshire (UNH), I was an RT clinician in a variety of settings, including a physical medicine and rehabilitation hospital, a specialty rehabilitation hospital in spinal cord injury (SCI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), and community-based healthcare settings that provide RT, health promotion, adapted sports, and life skills development for a variety of disability populations.

Extensive clinical training in Recreation Therapy (RT), adaptive sports, and recreation provide the foundation for my research, which broadly focuses on: 1) the impact of RT interventions on health and wellness outcomes for individuals with disabilities; and 2) ways in which service-learning and fieldwork pedagogy influence academic learning and cognitive growth among students in allied health professional preparation programs.

I teach courses and advise students within the undergraduate and graduate curricula.

Courses Taught

  • RMP 444A: Taking Dis out of Disability
  • RMP 501: Rec Serv Indiv w/Disabilities
  • RMP 503: Therap Rec Rehab Princpl & Int
  • RMP 764: Internship
  • RMP 963: Graduate Field Practicum
  • RMP 970: Teaching Practicum
  • RMP 980: Independent Study
  • RMP 992: Research Methods in RMP


  • Ph.D., Education with a Cognate in College Teaching, University of New Hampshire
  • M.Ed., Sport Management & Leisure Studies Therapeutic Recreation Concentration, Temple University
  • B.S., Health & Human Services, University of Scranton

Research Interests

  • Disabled Veterans
  • Health Promotion
  • Pedagogy
  • Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Social Inclusion
  • Social/Recreation Services for People With Disabilities
  • Therapeutic Recreation

Selected Publications

  • Hawkins, B. L., Craig, P. J., & Anderson, L. S. (2018). Examining the Educational Requirements for Entry-Level RT/TR Practice The Process and Recommendations of the ATRA Higher Education Task Force. THERAPEUTIC RECREATION JOURNAL, 52(4), 410-418. doi:10.18666/TRJ-2018-V52-I4-9164

  • Aytur, S., Craig, P. J., Frye, M., Bonica, M., Rainer, S., Hapke, L., & McGilvray, M. (2018). Through the Lens of a Camera Exploring the Meaning of Competitive Sport Participation Among Youth Athletes with Disabilities. THERAPEUTIC RECREATION JOURNAL, 52(2), 95-125. doi:10.18666/TRJ-2018-V52-I2-8774

  • Craig, P. J., & Oja, S. N. (2013). Moral judgement changes among undergraduates in a capstone internship experience. JOURNAL OF MORAL EDUCATION, 42(1), 43-70. doi:10.1080/03057240.2012.677603

  • Craig, P., Wilder, A., Sable, J., & Gravink, J. K. (2013). Promoting Access, Transition, and Health: A Community-Based Approach to Managing Chronic Health Conditions. ATRA Annual, 21, 45-62.

  • Wilder, A., Craig, P., Sable, J., Gravink, J., Carr, C., & Frye, J. (2011). The PATH-way home: Promoting access, transition, and health for veterans with disabilities.. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 45(4), 268-285.

  • Project PATH: A Health Promoting Interventin for People with Spinal Cord Injuries (2000).