SRU students present research at ATRA national conference


Slippery Rock, Pa. - Seven Slippery Rock University students were selected to present their student-faculty research work at the American Therapeutic Recreation Association national conference.

Shannon Russell, a 2015 recreational therapy graduate from Shippensburg; Hollie Compton, a senior recreational therapy major from Leechburg; and Rachel Kerr, a senior recreational therapy major from Harmony delivered an oral presentation on "Comparative Effectiveness of Recreational Therapy and Non-Goal Directed Programs on Social Skills and Self-Efficacy of Youth on the Autism Spectrum." 

Recreational therapy students Joshua Werkmeister, a senior from Gibsonia; Anna Monahan, a senior from Mount Airy, Maryland; Tyler Balbierer, a senior from Glenmoore and Meg Frisco, a senior from Oxford presented a poster on "Evaluating Recreational Therapy Student Growth in Delivering High Impact Community Services for Youth on the Autism Spectrum." The poster explained the results of the peer-service leader program in which students lead other students in service-learning initiatives.