Faculty Profile for Dr. Shelby Marie Sharpe

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Dr. Shelby Marie Sharpe
Clinical Assistant Professor — Dept of Health & Human Performance
JOW A136
phone: (512) 245-3451

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Shelby started her career in recreational therapy completing her undergraduate degree at Texas State University. She has been a recreational therapist for 10 years working in a variety of settings such as acute psych, municipal recreation, and military. She is passionate about using recreational therapy to support and empower her clients. Shelby earned her Master's in Public Administration for Northeastern University in Boston, MA and her PhD in Health, Leisure and Human Performance from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK.

Teaching Interests

Utilizing interactive techniques in the classroom
Utilizing service-learning opportunities to apply skills and knowledge

Research Interests

Exploring the connection between post-traumatic growth and recreational therapy
Supporting evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence in community recreational therapy settings

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Sharpe, S. M., Passmore, T., Thomas, K. A., Lindenmeier, D., & Winston, J. (n.d.). Operation growth: The impact of heroes on the water kayak fishing on post-traumatic growth in U.S. Military Veterans. Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, 30, 321–339. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.18666/TRJ-2023-V57-I4-11974
  • Passmore, T., Beasley, M., Brickell, B., Lindenmeier, D., & Jackson, S. M. (2022). Community Based Recreational Therapy Treatment Case Report: Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Parveen, S., Passmore, T., Brickell, B., & Jackson, S. M. (2021). Community-Based Multidisciplinary Program for People with Parkinson Disease: A 2-year comparison.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Certification of Appreciation, Warrior Transition Unit-Ft. Sam Houston/BAMC. 2019 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Certification of Appreciation, Warrior Transition Unit-Ft. Stewart. 2018 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College of Education & Human Services Scholarship, Oklahoma State University-College of Education & Human Services. 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Peg Connolly Scholarship, ATRA. 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2020 Ed Supina Scholarship, TRSSW. 2020

Selected Service Activities

Scholarship Committee College of Education
Athletic Training Clinical Assistant Professor Search Committee,
Student Champions
Student Recruitment Committee
Recreation Studies Agency Fair