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Linda Caldwell, NCAA FAR, Division I

Linda L. Caldwell, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management and Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. She received her B.S. from Penn State, her M.S. from North Carolina State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1986.

Her research primarily focuses on interventions that develop youth competencies, promote healthy lifestyles, and reduce risky behavior in and through leisure. She is the co-developer of two interventions that focus on preventing adolescent risk behavior through positive use of free time: TimeWise: Taking Charge of Leisure Time and HealthWise South Africa: Life Skills for Young Adults.

Linda has published over 100 referred research articles and book chapters and is co-author of a book, Recreation and Youth Development. She is currently is Chair of the Children and Youth Commission of the World Leisure Association, past-president of the Academy of Leisure Sciences, and an elected member of the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration.


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