Robert Barcelona

Phone: (603) 862-1442
Office: Recreation Management & Policy, Hewitt Hall Rm 191, Durham, NH 03824
Robert J. Barcelona, Associate Professor, Recreation Management and Policy

My research interests center on the intersection of sport/physical activity, positive youth development, and community recreation, with a focus on access and constraints to active recreation and sport opportunities. I am also interested in training and professional development in the recreation and sport fields, particularly in community and campus recreation organizations. I also work closely with community recreation and sport organizations on issues pertaining to master and strategic planning and program evaluation.


  • Ph.D., Tourism&Travel Services Mgmt, Indiana University - Bloomington
  • M.S., ParksRecreationLeisureFaciMgmt, Indiana University - Bloomington
  • B.A., Political Sci.&Government Rel., University of Mississippi

Courses Taught

  • RMP 559: Program and Event Marketing
  • RMP 560: Recreational Sport Management
  • RMP 663: Recreation & Event Management
  • RMP 796: Independent Study
  • RMP 796W: Independent Study
  • RMP 924: Fund Developmnt & Grantwriting
  • RMP 963: Graduate Field Practicum
  • RMP 970: Teaching Practicum
  • RMP 980: Independent Study
  • SW 957: Fund Development& Grantwriting

Selected Publications

Hartman, C. L., Barcelona, R. J., Trauntvein, N. E., & Hall, S. L. (2020). Well-being and leisure-time physical activity psychosocial factors predict physical activity among university students. Leisure Studies, 39(1), 156-164. doi:10.1080/02614367.2019.1670722

Hartman, C. L., Evans, K. E., Barcelona, R. J., & Brookover, R. S. (2018). Constraints and Facilitators to Developing Collaborative Campus Wellness Partnerships. Recreational Sports Journal, 42(2), 130-144. doi:10.1123/rsj.2017-0030

Collins, K., & Barcelona, R. (2018). Keep ‘Em Playing: Strategies for Building Positive Sport Experiences. Strategies, 31(5), 8-14. doi:10.1080/08924562.2018.1490231

Collins, K., & Barcelona, R. (2014). Youth sport coaches' perceptions of the usefulness of a statewide coaching education program. Applied Recreation Research and Programming Annual, 4, 1-30.

Allen, L. R., & Barcelona, R. J. (2011). Issue editors' notes. New Directions for Youth Development, 2011(130), 1-4. doi:10.1002/yd.392

Barcelona, R. J., Hurd, A. R., & Bruggeman, J. A. (2011). A competency-based approach to preparing staff as recreation and youth development leaders. New Directions for Youth Development, 2011(130), 121-139. doi:10.1002/yd.401

Fleming, D. S., Allen, L. R., & Barcelona, R. J. (2011). Back to the future: The potential relationship between leisure and education. New Directions for Youth Development, 2011(130), 43-57. doi:10.1002/yd.396

Powers, S., Trauntvein, N., Hartman, C., & Barcelona, R. (n.d.). Utilizing culturally relevant leisure as an experiential learning tool: Implications for leisure studies and recreation education (IN REVIEW). SCHOLE: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education.

Powers, S. L., Trauntvein, N. E., & Barcelona, R. J. (n.d.). Municipal stakeholders’ perceptions of the importance and outcomes of multi-sector recreation partnerships. Managing Sport and Leisure, 1-15. doi:10.1080/23750472.2020.1791235

Powers, S., Trauntvein, N., Barcelona, R., & Hartman, C. (n.d.). Constraints and Negotiations to Student Recreational Sport Center Usage (IN REVIEW). Journal of Amateur Sport.

Most Cited Publications