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 Dr. Deborah A. Hutchins 



Assistant Professor, Therapeutic Recreation (1994-Present).
Coordinator of Therapeutic Recreation Program. Teach undergraduate courses in Therapeutic Recreation including:
Inclusive Leisure Services, Clinical Aspects of TR, Client Assessment. Program Design in TR, TR for persons with Physical Disabilities, and Issues in Therapeutic Recreation. Coordinate and supervise TR student internship program. Provide advisement to approximately 30 students, advisor for TR student club. Responsible for overall TR curriculum development and implementation to meet current practice standards and certification requirements. Member of Department and College assessment committees, Department internship committee, Department planning committee (95-97). Served on College task force related to TR curriculum movement into Allied Health Department, and on a task force to evaluate the development of an OT curriculum.


  • Ed.D. Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fl.
    Major: Health Care Education, 2003.
  • M.S., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
    Major: Therapeutic Recreation Administration-graduated December 1985. Teaching Assistant 1980.
  • B.S., The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. Major: Therapeutic Recreation-graduated "with distinction" March 1975.


  • National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification-Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (1982-Present).


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Slippery Rock University
PREE Department
119 Patterson Hall
Slippery Rock, PA 16057