Janice Elich Monroe

Janice Elich Monroe

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies
Faculty, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

Specialty:Recreation Therapy, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Contemplative Education & Mindfulness
Phone:(607) 274-3172
Office:323 Smiddy Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850

International Collaborations and Faculty ExchangesGeneral Information

Research and scholarly interests include contemplative education and mindfulness, the use of multi-sensory environments in the treatment of individual with disabilities, the study of curriculum development and the effective supervision of therapeutic recreation interns; interdisciplinary initiatives, especially determining cost effective means of providing coordinated client services with special focus on advocating for the role of Recreation Therapy as a viable treatment intervention and member of the interdisciplinary team; rural gerontology; play and its importance in the perpetuation and development of culture and as a means of promoting cultural awareness; and the role of leisure in society especially related to enhancing family cohesiveness.

Research and Scholarly Activity

  • Contemplative Education and Mindfulness
  • Multi-sensory Environments
  • Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes 
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Social and cultural aspects of play
  • Internships and field placement experiences
  • Mentoring collegues and students
  • Rural gerontology


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