Mark Widmer

Mark Widmer

Professor, Graduate Coordinator,
Experience Design & Management, Department of
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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.    
  • "Why People play at work: A theoretical examination of leisure-at-work", Leisure Sciences, Pages 15, Routledge, NY, New York, 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.    


  • 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

  • University Academic Unit Review Committee/Council Member July, 2017
  • 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