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Beth Robinson

Beth Robinson
Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Associate Professor of Recreation Therapy

College of Arts and Sciences

Phone: 260.422.5561, ext. 2328

Cell Phone: 260.615.4621


Office: Keene 242


Professor Robinson has years of experience working with a wide variety of clientele. She worked at a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., helping in a free medical clinic that served the homeless. She was a child abuse investigator for the state of Missouri. She has supervised a group home for individuals with intellectual and psychological disabilities. And she has worked in a day treatment center for adults with developmental disabilities. Professor Robinson is a member of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association and the Recreation Therapists of Indiana, and was a former member of its board. She has had her Certification in Recreation Therapy (CTRS) for 20 years.

My Office Hours

MWF:  7:45-9 am, 11 am-1 pm, and 2 pm-2:15 pm
TR: 7:45-9:30 am and 12:15-2:15 pm

Classes I Teach

  • RT 1200 Foundations of Recreation Therapy
  • RT 2100 Disabling Conditions and Recreation Therapy’s Impact
  • RT 2600 Recreation Therapy Practicum
  • RT 3000 Client Assessment and Evaluation
  • RT 3400 Processes and Techniques
  • RT 3700 Administration and Management in Recreation Therapy
  • RT 4200 Advancement of the Recreation Therapy Profession
  • RT 4950 Recreation Therapy Internship
  • REC 1200 Introduction to Recreation Services
  • REC 2000 Recreation Programming
  • REC 2500 Community and Outdoor Recreation
  • REC 2600 Recreation Practicum
  • REC 4200 Legal Issues in Recreation and Sports
  • SS 2800 Introduction to Sociology

My Academic Advising Roles

Bachelors of Science in Recreation Therapy
Bachelors of Science in Fitness and Recreation

Educational Background

  • M.A., Recreation Therapy, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • B.S., Government, Northwest Missouri State University

Professional Experience

  • Recreation Therapist for a day treatment center for adults with mental illness in Brainerd, Minnesota.
  • Intern at a day camp for children with genetic disorders in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Supervisor for a group home for adults with developmental disabilities in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Weekday Associate for a group home for adults with developmental disabilities in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Psych Tech at a mental health hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Child Abuse Investigator in Kansas City, Missouri.


  • Presented numerous times at Midwest Symposiums on Recreation Therapy and Adapted Physical Activity.
  • Presented several times at Recreation Therapists of Indiana (RTI) conferences.

Additional Information

I am married to my very funny husband and we have 5 wonderful children. We also have 2 dogs, 4 cats, and a hamster. As you might imagine, it’s wonderful to get away from all of this craziness and come to work!

I love animals, the outdoors, traveling, reading, music and art! Visiting all of the National Parks is a goal of mine.

I am a CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) and I am a member of ATRA. I have included some links below of professional organizations you might want to check out regarding the field of Recreation Therapy.

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