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Dr. Susan Hutchinson

 Dr Susan Hutchinson

We are excited to announce Dr. Hutchinson will be leading two half day talks during the ATRA 2017 Symposium in Lethbridge. She will be guiding us through the ‘facts’ involved when we discuss evidence informed practice. Susan will then focus her second session on applying the learning to a problem or need that practitioners want to address in their practice context. Dr. Hutchinson completed her PhD at the University of Georgia, where she conducted research focused on how recreation therapists helped patients in a rehabilitation context come to understand the importance of leisure and recreation in coping with and adjusting to an acquired disability. Susan has worked as a recreation therapist, first in long term care and then in rehabilitation.



Dr. Sienna Caspar

Sienna Caspar

We are excited to announce Dr. Caspar will be leading two half day talks during the ATRA 2017 Symposium in Lethbridge. She will be discussing making the change from diversional programming to practicing recreation therapy and how to make that change in your facility. Dr. Caspar’s second session is hands-on focusing on program evaluation in the therapeutic recreation process. Sienna has worked in long-term care facilities in both Canada and the United States for over 20 years as both a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS) and a consultant. She is the author of the MARRCC (Measurable Assessment in Recreation for Resident-Centred Care). Dr. Caspar is an assistant professor at the University of Lethbridge in the Faculty of Health Sciences — Therapeutic Recreation program.


Dr. Michael Mahon

Dr Michael Mahon

Installed in 2010 as the sixth President and Vice- Chancellor of the University of Lethbridge, Dr. Michael J. (Mike) Mahon is committed to building a comprehensive, destination university in western Canada. During his first term, Dr. Mahon introduced the University’s Strategic Plan “Destination 2020”. Under this plan, he initiated the “Destination Project”, a monumental construction project to develop innovative academic and research facilities. Dr. Mahon is a professor of kinesiology holding a PhD in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MSc in Physical Education from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Manitoba. His research is in the field of disability studies having conducted research related to decision making and self-determination for individuals with intellectual disabilities and the role of play in child and community development in developing countries.