Mark Widmer

Mark Widmer

Professor, Graduate Coordinator,
Recreation Management, Department of

Office: W433 TNRB
Phone: 801-422-3381
Email: widmer@byu.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., LEISURE STUDIES/THERAPEUTIC RECREATION, UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, 1993

Group Affiliations

  • Academy of Management 2016

Selected Publications

  • "Issues and adventures in evaluation and outcome research", Professional issues in therapeutic recreation: On competence and outcomes, Pages pp. 529–542, Sagamore, N. Stumbo, B. Wolfe, & S. Pegg 2017.    
  • "Perspectives: Why every corporation should hire a TRS.", Professional issues in therapeutic recreation: On competence and outcomes, Pages 101–112, Sagamore, Urbana, IL, N. Stumbo, B. Wolfe, & S. Pegg 2017.    
  • "Family Therapy in Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare: Current Practices and Future Possibilities", Journal of Contemporary Family Therapy, Pages 11, Springer, 2016.    
  • "Development of a Response to Stress Questionnaire for Outdoor Adventure", Therapeutic Recreation Journal, Edition 1, Volume XLIX, Issue 1, Pages 18-34, Sagamore, Urbana, IL, 2015.    
  • "Fortifying leisure: Adolescent perspectives of family leisure in Uganda", Journal of Adolescent Research, Edition 6, Volume 30, Issue 6, Pages 729-750, SAGE, 2015.    
  • "Challenges in Business Ethics Research", Research Companion to Ethical Behavior in Organizations: Constructs and Measures, Edward Elgar, Northampton, MA Bradley R. Agle, David W. Hart, Jeffery A. Thompson, and Hilary M. Hendricks,, 2014.    
  • "Increasing and Generalizing Self-Efficacy: The effects of adventure recreation on the academic efficacy of early adolescents", Journal of Leisure Research, Edition 2, Volume 47, Issue 2, Pages 165-183, Sagamore, Urbana, IL, 2014.    
  • "The diversity of therapeutic recreation: Application of TR in corporate world of business", Therapeutic Recreation Journal, Edition 1, Volume 47, Issue 1, Pages 1-12, National Recreation and Parks Association, 2013.    
  • "Theories of the Good Life", Encyclopedia of quality of life research, Springer, New York, A.C. Michalos, 2013.    
  • "Antecedents of identity development in a structured recreation setting: A qualitative inquiry", Journal of Adolescent Research, Edition 2, Volume 27, Issue 2, Pages 183-202, 2012.    
  • "Wholesome Family Recreation: Building Strong Families", Successful Marriages and Families: Proclamation Principles and Research Perspectives, BYU Press/Deseret Book, Salt Lake City, UT, Hawkins & dollahite, 2011.    
  • "Positive youth development: What it is and how it fits in therapeutic settings.", Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, Edition 1, Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 118-133, 2010.    
  • "Adventures in identity development: The impact of a two-week adventure program on adolescent identity development", Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, Edition 4, Volume 9, Issue 4, Pages 341-359, 2009.    
  • "The attributes of effective field staff in wilderness programs: Changing youths' perspectives of being "cool"", Therapeutic Recreation Journal, Edition 1, Volume 43, Issue 1, Pages 11-26, 2009.    
  • "Contributions of Family leisure to family functioning among families that include children with developmental disabilities.", Journal of Leisure Research, Volume 41, Pages 261-286, 2009.    
  • "Methods for outcome research in therapeutic recreation", Professional issues in therapeutic recreation: Ensuring our worth, Proving our value, Sagamore, Champaign, IL, Norma J. Stumbo, 2009.    
  • "Tort Liability Considerations for Therapeutic Recreation Professionals", Therapeutic Recreation Journal, Volume 42, Pages 163-171, National Therapeutic Recreation Society, Ashburn, VA, 2008.    
  • "Grubs and Grasshoppers: The Influence of Challenging Recreation on the Collective Efficacy of Families with At-Risk Youth", Family Relations, Volume 53, Pages 326-333, 2004.    

Awards

  • Outstanding Alumni , Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, University of Utah , 2016
  • Annual Faculty Research Award , College of Health and Human Performance , 1999

Certificates and Licenses

  • Therapeutic Recreation Specialist State of Utah 1989
  • Level I Ski Instructor PSIA 2004
  • Wilderness First Responder Wilderness Medicine Institute 2005

BYU Citizenship

  • Graduate Coordinator Committee/Council Chair August, 2015
  • RECM Rank and Status Committee Committee/Council Chair August, 2015

Professional Citizenship

  • Therapeutic Recreation Journal Editorial Review Board Member January, 1996 - December, 2011
  • JLR Editorial Review Board Member January, 2006 - December, 2010

Presentations

  • Ethics at the Crossroads: Lessons from Wilderness and Work - IABS - International Association for Business and Society Conference - 2016
  • Recreation-at-Work: More than just fun and games - National Recreation and Parks Association Conference - NRPA Research Sessions - 2016
  • Recreation-at-Work: The employee perspective - National Recreation and Parks Association Conference - NRPA Research Sessions - 2016
  • Work hard, play hard: Developing firm internal social capital through recreation at work - - Academy of Management Annual Meeting - 2016
  • Adaptation of an Adolescent Coping Assessment for Adventure Therapy. - Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council - Wilderness Therapy Symposium - 2015
  • A Walk on the Wildside - Miami Dade APA - Florida, American Psychological Association - 2015
  • Flourishing: Building capability through PERMA - - National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs - 2015
  • Personality and Performance: An examination of relationships between personality & performance among adventure therapy field guides. - Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council - Wilderness Therapy Symposium - 2015
  • The effects of a wilderness adventure program on academic efficacy of early adolescents. - National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs - OBHIC - 2014
  • The School-based Family: Coaches and Teachers as Parental Figures for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Ugandan Schools - World Leisure Organization - World Leisure Congress - 2014
  • Changes and opportunities in the Wilderness Therapy - MW TR - Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation - 2013
  • Qualitative analysis of a corporate outdoor adventure learning program - National Recreation and Parks Administration - Leisure Research Symposium - 2012
  • Qualitative Analysis of a Corporate Outdoor Adventure Learning Program. - National Recreation and Parks Association - Leisure Research Symposium - 2012
  • Research Findings from an Adventure Recreation Lab - Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education - Research Symposium - 2012
  • The school-based family: Coaches and teachers as parental figures for orphans and vulnerable children in Ugandan schools - National Recreation and Parks Administration - Leisure Research Symposium - 2012
  • Contextual Antecedents of Identity Development in an Adventure Recreation Setting: A Qualitative Inquiry. - Association of Experiential Education - Symposium for Experiential Education Research - 2010
  • Discovery of fun: Construct from perceptions of wilderness adventure experiences. - National Recreation and Parks Association - Leisure Research Symposium - 2010
  • Fortifying leisure: A qualitative investigation of family leisure in Uganda - National Recreation and Parks Association - Leisure Research Symposium held in conjunction with the 2010 Annual National Recreation and Parks Association Conference - 2010
  • Promoting character strength through adventure therapy - National Recreation and Parks Association - Leisure Research Symposium - 2010