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April 4, 2018

Long, Tapps co-author study about rec therapy preferences

Dr. Terry Long

Dr. Terry Long

Dr. Tyler Tapps

Dr. Tyler Tapps

A research article co-authored by Northwest Missouri State University faculty members Dr. Terry Long and Dr. Tyler Tapps recently appeared in “SCHOLE: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education.”

They co-authored the article, titled “The Impact of a Service-Learning Program on Recreational-Therapy Student Preferences for Working with Older Adults” with Timothy Baghurst, an assistant professor at Oklahoma State University.

The article details their study of the impact of a 30-hour service-learning project on recreational therapy students’ preferences for future employment in jobs serving older adults. Their findings suggest student participation in a service-learning program may increase recreational therapy students’ relative preference for working with older adults and should be considered when developing or revising academic programs.

Long joined the Northwest faculty in 2000 and serves as director of the School of Health Science and Wellness. As a professor in the school, he teaches coursework related to therapeutic recreation and leisure. He has a bachelor’s degree in recreation and psychology and a master’s degree in psychology, both from Emporia State University, and he earned his doctorate in parks recreation and tourism from the University of Utah.

Tapps, who joined the Northwest faculty in 2014, teaches coursework related to trends and issues, grantsmanship, leisure behavior, and areas and facilities. He has a doctorate degree in health, leisure and human performance from Oklahoma State University as well as a master’s degree in recreation and a bachelor’s degree in corporate recreation and wellness from Northwest. He received Northwest’s Faculty Excellence Award for scholarship last fall. 


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