Dr. Betsy Kemeny
106 Patterson Hall
Dr. Betsy Kemeny is an Assistant Professor at SRU. Dr. Kemeny has over 20 years of experience working as a recreational therapist in geriatrics. After completing her Bachelor's degree in Sociology at Wake Forest University and a Masters in Therapeutic Recreation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she gained experience with all levels of the older adult continuum including adult day care, skilled nursing, hospice, assisted living, and outpatient rehabilitation. She has a PhD in Administration and Leadership of Nonprofit and Public Sectors from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests focus on best practices in educating professionals and staff for better care outcomes for older adults.
More recently, she has developed service-learning programs for students to gain leadership skills working with individuals aging with disabilities (I Can Do It Health Promotion mentoring program through President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition) and veterans (Horses for Heroes at Storm Harbor Equestrian Center). In the last 10 years, she has developed a specialty in recreational therapy for autism spectrum disorders. As a member of the International Society for Autism Research, she networks with other disciplines who research best practices for young adults transitioning with autism. She facilitates several service-learning programs (Camp ROCK and TRAILS) for youth with autism which allow students to obtain hands-on experience. Dr. Kemeny serves on the Board of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association, the professional organization for recreational therapists in the United States. Betsy enjoys grant writing, running in any weather, reading, travel, and cooking.