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Dr. Tyler Tapps

Dr. Tyler Tapps



107 Martindale Hall



Joined Northwest in 2014

Associate Professor

Assistant Director / Graduate Coordinator


  • Ph.D. Health, Leisure and Human Performance; Oklahoma State University, 2009
  • M.S. Recreation; Northwest Missouri State University, 2006
  • B.S. Corporate Recreation/Wellness; Northwest Missouri State University, 2004


  • Certified Park and Recreation Professional: NRPA
  • Gerontology: The Gerontology Institute: Oklahoma State University

Courses Taught

  • Grantwriting
  • Facility Management
  • Evaluation/Assessment
  • Issues in Sports

Academic Interests

  • Gerontology
  • Health/Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Grant Writing
  • Exercise Among the Elderly
  • Service-learning

Scholarly Activity

  • Tapps, T., Walter, A., & Tapps, M. (2017). Effects of cardio kickboxing therapeutic recreation program on adults with developmental disabilities. American Journal of Recreation Therapy.
  • McKenzie, E., Tapps, T., Fink, K., & Symonds, M. (2017). Challenge activities for the physical education classroom: Considerations. Journal of Physical and Sport Educators: Strategies. (In Press).
  • McKenzie, E., Symonds, M, Fink, K., & Tapps, T. (2017). Challenge activities for the physical education classroom: Learning Outcomes. Journal of Physical and Sport Educators: Strategies. (In Press).
  • Tapps, T., Symonds, M., Baghurst, T., & Cho, D. (2017). Summer camp: A way to improve social skills? OAHPERD Journal. (In Press).
  • Leiss, D., Luebbers, P., Leiss, J., Tapps, T., & Baghurst, T. (2017). The running mzombies: Using entertainment themes to enhance youth physical activity. Journal of Physical and Sport Educators: Strategies. (In Press).
  • Hawkey, M. Volberding, J.L., Tapps, T., & Tapps, C. (2017). The effectiveness of the female athlete triad in identifying athletes’ potential risk of long term health consequences. Journal of Sports Science. (In Press).
  • Tapps, T., Symonds, M. & Baghurst, T. (2016). Assessing employee wellness needs at colleges and universities: A case study. Cogent Social Sciences. 23(2). 1-8.
  • Symonds, M. & Tapps, T. (2016). Goal-prioritization for teachers, coaches and students.mA developmental model. Journal of Physical and Sport Educators: Strategies. 29(3). 34-38.
  • Baghurst, T., Tapps, T & Adib, N. (2015).  Effects of a youth running program on self-concept and running. Journal of Sport Pedagogy and Research. 1(5). 04-10.
  • Baghurst, T., Tapps, T., & Kensinger. W. (2015). Proper goal-setting for goal-achievement among physical education students. Journal of Physical and Sport Educators: Strategies. 28(1). 27-33.
  • Baghurst, T, Tapps, T., & Judy, A. (2014). A comparison of sport commitment in women’s versus co-recreational basketball leagues. Recreational Sports Journal. 38(2). 143-152.
  • Tapps, T., & Baghurst, T. & Volberding, J. (2014). Outdoor sports event assessment: Steps for implementation. Journal of Sports Science. 2(1). 27-31.
  • Tapps, T. & Baghurst, T. (2014). Risk factors affecting childhood obesity: A preliminary study. OAHPERD Journal. (51)3. 23-29.
  • Baghurst, T., Tapps, T., Mwavita, M., Volberding, J., & Jayne, C. (2014). Effect of a 14-week program to reduce employee risk factors for Metabolic Syndrome (MetS). Health Behavior and Policy Review. 1(6). 446-451.
  • Baghurst, T., Tapps T., Boolani, A., Jacobson, B. H., & Gill, R. (2014). The influence of musical genres on putting accuracy in golf: An exploratory study. Journal of Athletic Enhancement. 3(54). 1-4.
  • Tapps, T., Passmore, T., Lindenmeier, D., & Kensinger, W. (2014). High school physical education students and experiential learning in the community: A classroom assignment. Journal of Physical and Sport Educators: Strategies. 27(1). 9-12.
  • Kensinger, W. Woolsey, C. Divin, A. & Tapps, T. (2014). College student motivational determinants  for   combining alcohol and energy drinks: Early identification could be the key. Journal of Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy. 21(1). 43-49.
  • Liu, S., Caneday, L., & Tapps, T., (2013). The relationship between lifestyle and serious leisure of amateur volleyball players in a rural community. The Journal of Applied Leisure and Recreation Research. 16(4). 23-36.
  • Tapps, T., Passmore, T., Lindenmeier, D., & Bishop, A. (2013). An investigation into the effects of   resistance physical activity participation on depression of older adults in a long-term care facility.    Annual in Therapeutic Recreation. 21(1). 63-72.
  • Tapps, T., Beck, S., Cho, D.W., & Volberding, J. (2013). Sports Motivation: Three generations of college athletes. OAHPERD Journal, 50(3).

Student Group Advisement

  • Graduate Coordinator for School of Health Science and Wellness; Northwest Missouri State University
    • Serve as liaison between the Graduate School, Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and the Program. Generates and coordinates student appeals with graduate faculty. Complete and maintain degree plans for 60+ Masters students. Process applications for all Masters of Science applicants in the areas of Applied Health and Sport Sciences Sport Management and Administration, Applied Health and Sport Sciences Wellness, MS Recreation in TR or Administration and MSEd Health and Physical Education.

Other Professional Experiences

Dr. Tapps is currently a Provost Fellow and Graduate Coordinator in the School of Health Science and Wellness at Northwest Missouri State University.

Tapps was selected as the Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award winner in 2014 presented by the National Recreation and Parks Association and was named the “Outstanding Young Alumni” by Northwest Missouri State University in 2012. In 2014 Dr. Tapps received the honor of being inducted by the Oklahoma Health Association as the state’s first ever “Research Fellow” for his multiple research and grant projects to enhance the health and wellness of the residents of Oklahoma.


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