JAMES A. NEWMAN, Ph.D., CTRS, Waldron Clinical Fellow
Radford University, Dept of Recreation, Parks and Tourism
Box 6963, Radford, VA 24142
Office: 140 Waldron Hall, and RT LAB
Ph: 540/831-7717, fax: 540/831-7719
Access to outdoor recreation for persons with disabilities.
Ph.D., 2001, Education (Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
Dissertation: The influence of participation in an outdoor adventure program on the social and leisure functioning of adults with cognitive disabilities.
Coursework in research, outdoor education, and therapeutic recreation, as well as courses directly related to teaching and faculty development.
M.A., 1997, Recreation, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.
Project: Site design plan for U.S.D.A. Forest Service Crow Valley Recreation Area Farm Museum.
Coursework in recreation, parks administration, evaluation and design of programs, and recreation personnel management.
B.S., 1995, Therapeutic Recreation, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.
RCPT470 Fieldwork in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism
RCPT417 Seminar in Recreation: Sustainable Tourism and It’s Affect on Native Populations and Ecosystems. – Study abroad in Peru
RCPT445 Programming and Evaluation in Therapeutic Recreation
RCPT432 Research and Technology Applications in RCPT
RCPT342 Application of Programs in Therapeutic Recreation Intervention
RCPT344 Programming Applications in Therapeutic Recreation
RCPT340 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation Service
RCPT319 Introduction to Inclusive Recreation Service
RCPT313 Program Planning in Recreation Parks and Tourism
RCPT210 Introduction to Recreation, Parks, and Tourism
RCPT200 Leisure in a Contemporary Society
RADFORD UNIVERSITY RECREATION THERAPY SERVICES, Radford University 2004 – Present
Established a clinical recreation therapy service laboratory that provides students with the opportunity to interact with a variety of client populations in the New River Valley area of SW Virginia. This laboratory also provides the foundational infrastructure for a variety of research projects involving clients with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, and severe multiple disabilities. Most recent research project has been investigations into the efficacy of adventure therapy programs on the communication, solution forming, and self-assessment skills of individuals with traumatic brain injury. The most recent infrastructure-building project was the inclusion of the RU Gone Fishin’! adapted fishing program which will launched summer of 2007 and acquired financial support exceeding $125,000.
Schepisi, I., & Newman, J. (2011, September). Motivation For the Fight: Two cases of Recreation Therapy Intervention in a Skilled Nursing Facility. Presentation at American Therapeutic Recreation Association Annual Conference: Research Institute. Indianapolis, IN.
Schepisi, I., & Newman, J. (2011, September). Motivation For the Fight: Two cases of Recreation Therapy Intervention in a Skilled Nursing Facility. Presentation to the Board of Directors, Highland Ridge Rehabilitation Center. Dublin, VA.
Developing community partnerships in recreation therapy: A case study view - Virginia Recreation and Parks Society Annual Conference, Roanoke VA, 2009, James Newman
The influence of an 8-week Adventure Therapy Program for TBI survivors and their caregiver providers. (2009) The American Journal of Recreation Therapy. James Newman & Elizabeth Newstadt.
Poster Session: The influence of an 8-week Adventure Therapy Program for TBI survivors and their caregiver providers. (2008) Radford University Honors Academy. Elizabeth Newstadt & James Newman
Poster Session: RU Gone Fishin’ Adaptive Fishing Program. (2007) National Recreation and Parks Association Annual Congress. James Newman.
Gone Fishin’! Adaptive Fishing Program for Elderly Stroke Survivors Grant Proposal to the Carlot Fund. James Newman and Joshua Bennett – Funded $2942.00
Adaptive Fishing Programs for Persons with Severe Multiple Disabilities. - Virginia Recreation and Parks Society Annual Conference, Virginia Beach VA, 2007, James Newman
Gone Fishin’! Adaptive Fishing Program. Poster Session, National Recreation and Parks Association Annual Congress, 2007. James Newman
Gone Fishin’!: Adaptive Fishing Program for Head and Spinal Cord Injury Survivors Grant Proposal to the Jessie Ball DuPont Foundation. James Newman – Funded $124,000
Associate Editor, American Therapeutic Recreation Association Annual Journal
American Journal of Recreation Therapy, Editorial Review Board
Honors and Awards
Nominated for Virginia Recreation and Parks Association Executive Board 2008
Nominated as Donald N. Dedmon Distinguished Teaching Professor 2007
Waldron Clinical Practice Fellowship 2004
Radford University Faculty Senator 2011 – 2013
Radford University Campus Environment Committee Chair 2013 - 2014
Department of Recreation Parks and Tourism Assessment Coordinator 2010 – Pres
Radford University Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee 2008 – 2009
Radford University, Recreation Therapy Program Coordinator 2005 – Pres
Grant Consultant and Therapeutic Riding Volunteer, Healing Strides of Virginia 2013 - Pres
Liaison Officer, Virginia Tech State Designated Shelter, Virginia Department of Human Services 2011 - Pres
Federal Emergency Management Administration trained Emergency Management Specialist 2010 - Pres
CPT, 4th Regiment Operations Officer (S3), Virginia Defense Force, Virginia Department of Military Affairs. 2013 - Pres
NeuroRestorative Health Systems Recreation Therapy Consultant 2009 - Pres
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification
Senior Military Emergency Management Specialist, State Guard Association of the United States
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Professional Development Series Certificate