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 560: Recreational Sport Management
  • RMP 663: Recreation & Event Management
  • RMP 796: 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

Barcelona, R. J., & Hartman, C. L. (2021). Connectedness as a Predictor of Academic and Youth Development Outcomes at a Summer Day Camp for Low-Income Youth. JOURNAL OF PARK AND RECREATION ADMINISTRATION, 39(3), 120-131. doi:10.18666/JPRA-2020-10749

Powers, S. L., Trauntvein, N. E., & Barcelona, R. J. (2020). Municipal stakeholders' perceptions of the importance and outcomes of multi-sector recreation partnerships. MANAGING SPORT AND LEISURE. doi:10.1080/23750472.2020.1791235

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

Powers, S. L., Trauntvein, N. E., Barcelona, R. J., & Hartman, C. L. (n.d.). Constraints and Negotiations to Student Recreational Sport Center Usage. Journal of Amateur Sport, 5(2), 18-38. doi:10.17161/jas.v5i2.8439

Craig, P. J., Barcelona, B., Aytur, S., Amato, J., & Young, S. J. (2019). Using Inclusive Sport for Social Change in Malawi, Africa. THERAPEUTIC RECREATION JOURNAL, 53(3), 244-263. doi:10.18666/TRJ-2019-V53-I3-9720

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

Shaw, K., Anderson, D. M., & Barcelona, B. (n.d.). Parental perceptions of constraints to family participation in nature-based, outdoor experiences. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 7(1), 3-19. doi:10.7768/1948-5123.1241

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.

Barcelona, R., Brookover, R., Smith, R. S., & Houck, T. P. (2014). Dissolving the Greenville County Recreation District: Creating a Plan for Intergovernmental Cooperation in Greenville County. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 32(4).

Barcelona, R. J., & Quinn, W. (n.d.). Trends in Youth Development Research Topics: An Integrative Review of Positive Youth Development Research Published in Selected Journals Between 2001-2010. Journal of Youth Development, 6(3), 18-37. doi:10.5195/jyd.2011.173

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

Barcelona, R., & Quinn, W. (2011). Trends in youth development research topics: An integrative review of positive youth development research published in selected journals, 2001-2010. Journal of Youth Development, 6(3). doi:10.5195/jyd.2011.173

Barcelona, R. J., & Young, S. J. (2010). The role of municipal park and recreation agencies in enacting coach and parent training in a loosely coupled youth sport system. Managing Leisure, 15(3), 181-197. doi:10.1080/13606719.2010.483830