Faculty Bios

Sienna Caspar, Assistant Professor

Sienna received a B.Sc. in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of South Alabama in 1990. She has worked in long-term care facilities in both Canada and the United States for over 20 years as both a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS) and a consultant. She is the author of the MARRCC (Measurable Assessment in Recreation for Resident-Centred Care). From 2003 to 2007 she was a national trainer for the American Therapeutic Recreation Association's Dementia Practice Guideline for the non-pharmacological treatment of disturbing behaviours. In 2008, she received a MA in Gerontology from Simon Fraser University. Her thesis explored the relationship between care staff empowerment and the ability to provide person-centred care in long-term care settings. She continued to study this important topic at the University of British Columbia, where she completed her PhD in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program. As a postdoctoral fellow in a cross appointment at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute/University Health Network and the University of Victoria, she conducted an intervention study aimed at improving leadership and collaborative decision making in long-term care settings. Currently, she is an assistant professor at the University of Lethbridge in the Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation program.

Pei-Chun Hsieh, Assistant Professor
Pei-Chun Hsieh received her Ph.D. in Leisure Behavior, with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation and Gerontology, from Indiana University.  Her research focuses on understanding how to promote well-being and positive health behaviors in individuals with disabilities and in their family members as well. In her recent grant projects, she collaborated with disability scholars and service providers in Pennsylvania to explore the barriers and facilitators for individuals with developmental disabilities in maintaining quality of life and community participation from adulthood to late life. Specifically, she and her project team developed online training programs to educate older individuals with developmental disabilities and their families about different strategies to manage their aging-related needs in order to continue living independently in the community.
 
She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences – Therapeutic Recreation Program. Before joining the University of Lethbridge, she worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University. During that time, she mentored graduate students interested in exploring how nonpharmaceutical techniques (e.g., yoga, massage, inclusive recreation programs, horticulture programs, and exercise) promotes quality of life and well-being in individuals with disabling conditions.

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Devan McNeill, Program Coordinator

Devan completed his undergraduate degree at Brock University in Inclusive and Therapeutic Recreation. From there he completed his internship in Halifax, Nova Scotia and later became a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). He worked as a Recreation Therapist for a number of years in mental health and addictions, acute care, day programs, and on a stroke unit. He completed his master's degree at the University of Waterloo in Recreation and Leisure studies focusing on concepts of community and identity of persons with schizophrenia through narrative methodology. He is a competitive swimmer and enjoy tennis, writing, cooking, and travelling.

 

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Zac Crouse, Instructor

Zac Crouse (M.Ed, CTRS) is a certified therapeutic recreation specialist who has worked for over 17 years as a frontline practitioner. He has an M.Ed from St. FX University and a Bachelor of Recreation from Dalhousie University.

He has worked extensively with youth who have mental health and substance use issues; and most recently worked as part of an interdisciplinary team on a family therapy program. Zac has an extensive background in adventure therapy and eco-therapy.

Zac is an instructor at St. FX University for the Faculty of Education and has instructed at Dalhousie University for the Faculty of Health & Human Performance. Zac is a contributing author to Quality Lesson Plans in Outdoor Education (Human Kinetics). He has also acted as a consultant in Belize on a national citizenship curriculum for youth.

In 2013 Zac released the film Paddle To The Ocean – a documentary film about Zac's use of recreation therapy as part of his treatment for PTSD. He uses this film as part of his work as a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator on the topics of mental health, leadership and recreation as a form of therapy.

Zac is also an accomplished musician and expedition kayaker. His latest passion is  and stand up paddle boarding. Zac is extensively certified in water-based sports through Paddle Canada. [LinkedIn]  [Personal Website]

 

Jerry Singleton, Adjunct Faculty Member

Jerome F. Singleton, PhD, CTRS is a professor in the Recreation and Leisure studies department in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University. He is also cross appointed to the School of Nursing, Sociology and Anthropology, and Faculty of Management at Dalhousie. Dr. Singleton’s research is focused in the area of Leisure and Aging. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Recreation honours degree then completed his Master of Science degree in Recreation at Pennsylvania State University and his PhD in Leisure Studies at the University of Maryland. He also completed the academic requirements for a Doctorate Certificate in Gerontology at the University of Maryland. Currently Dr. Singleton teaches courses in the area of Therapeutic Recreation and Aging, Therapeutic Recreation Techniques, Therapeutic Recreation Administration and Leisure and Aging graduate class at Dalhousie University. He was made a Fellow of the World Demographic Association in 2006 and was named Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association Professional of the Year in 2007. He was recognized by the Recreation and Leisure Studies program at the University of Waterloo as a Distinguished Alumni in 2008 and is also founding member of the Leisure and Aging Research Group, which was established in 2008. Dr. Singleton received the Dr. Gonzaga da Gama memorial award from the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association in 2011 and was made a fellow of the Academy of Leisure Science by the Society of Parks and Recreation educators in 2011. Dr. Singleton is currently a Research Associate with the Dalhousie European Center of Excellence. Dr. Singleton has advised 28 master's students who have investigated questions related to Leisure and Aging areas and has published approximately 100 journal articles during his career and made presentations locally, nationally, and internationally, related to the area of Leisure and Aging. Dr. Heather Gibson and Dr. Singleton (2012) published the text Leisure and Aging Theory to Practice. He is currently a Commissioner for the World and Leisure Recreation Association for the Commission on Access and Inclusion. He has served on the editorial boards for the Therapeutic Recreation Journal, American Therapeutic Recreation Annual, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, Annals in Leisure Research and the Journal of Recreation and Society in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and has reviewed articles for Loisir, Leisure Science and Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. Dr. Singleton was seconded to the University of Lethbridge from January 2015 to July 1 2015 to develop a post-diploma program in Therapeutic Recreation that met NCTRC and CARTE criteria. Dr. Singleton worked with Mr. Tristan Hopper to enable the Therapeutic Recreation program to meet the criteria for NCTRC and CARTE. The Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association, Lethbridge Community College, NorQuest College and Therapeutic recreation professionals in Alberta were actively engaged in the Therapeutic Recreation curriculum development at the University of Lethbridge.