Dr. Benjamin Hickerson at Center City Park in downtown Greensboro


Dr. Benjamin Hickerson’s research analyzes the role of parks in communities. To collect the necessary data, researchers monitor visitors through SOPARC and conduct surveys with park users and residents living nearby.

The research examines the connections that can arise between gentrification and park development especially in urban areas, while considering preventive measures to mitigate any negative effects on communities.

Students working in Therapeutic Recreation Lab


The lab is a wonderful resource for students and practitioners to explore.  Resources are loaned out for a limited time This allows students to use the items in practicum, internship, and practice.

Several courses are held in the lab, and students are taught hands on interventions. Domain sections with cognitive, physical, social, emotional and leisure equipment and tools are available. A library, as well as virtual reality equipment, stress management tools, sports wheelchairs, and an Xbox equipment are also available.

The room also has a “sensory area” with a bubble tube, Somatron chair (sensory relaxation), and light curtain.

Students on hiking trail


This research focuses on health and aging broadly, and specifically in regard to the use of leisure for coping and identity maintenance for people with serious and terminal diseases, and the use of leisure activities such as hiking as well as music for affecting quality of life and life course development

Kim Miller speaking to a crowd

Parent Perspectives on Outcomes for Students with Developmental Disabilities

The authorization of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (PL 110-315) in 2008 allowed for the propagation of programs designed to support individuals with Developmental Disabilities in accessing postsecondary education opportunities. 

However, little is known about the outcomes. Studies are aimed at examining the desired and perceived outcomes of inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilitiesfrom the perspective of their parents

Students working in Therapeutic Recreation Lab

the effectiveness of disability simulations in recreational therapy education

Dr. Wolfe’s research interests include exploring the effectiveness of disability simulations in recreational therapy education, understanding the lived experiences of adults with developmental disabilities and volunteering as a therapeutic intervention.

His work has been published in the Therapeutic Recreation Journal, Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, and the Journal of Experiential Education. Dr. Wolfe has also written book chapters for numerous Recreational Therapy and Leadership textbooks.