Catherine Gooch

Catherine Gooch

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies
Faculty, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Faculty, Premed Option

Phone:(607) 375-6312
Office:G49 Hill Center
Ithaca, NY 14850



Catherine Gooch, CTRS, MS Ed

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

​HSHP Preprofessional Coordinator

Center for Life Skills, Program Director

Faculty, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Specialty: Therapeutic Recreation, Interprofessional Education, Stroke Rehabilitation, and Developing Community Partnership Programs.

Phone: (607) 375.6312  Center for Life Skills

​               (607) 274.3087  Preprofessional Program Office


Office: Preprofessional Coordinator, G49 Hill Center

             CLS: Longview, 2nd floor Ithaca College Program Space  


Welcome!  I am Catherine Gooch, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department here at Ithaca College.  In this role, I am also the Program Director of the Center for Life Skills (CLS) and also the HSHP Preprofessional Coordinator  The Center for Life Skills is an interdisciplinary program consisting of physical therapy,  recreational therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology students working with individuals from the community living with traumatic brain injury (e.g.stroke).  The CLS program is a model interdisciplinary, experiential, and student centered learning opportunity and an integral part of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance curriculum while providing a service to the community.  Since its beginning in 2000, over 1300 students have been involved in this wonderful program.  (

The HSHP Preprofessional Program is designed for first and second year students interested in exploring health or human performance-related careers.  This flexible program gives students up to four semesters to strategically sample courses, meet faculty and fellow students, and learn more about themselves and their interests before applying into a specific degree program. I enjoy, along with a team of faculty advisors assist students in making decisions about courses and the best career path for them.  (

My scholarly interests include: interprofessional education and practice (IPE/IPP), societal leisure practices, stroke rehabilitation, and the development of community partnerships for student/community engagement.

I have had the exciting opportunity to develop and implement community partnerships within the courses I teach giving the students exposure and practice in developing professional skills.  Community partnerships have included programs with the following local groups: New York State Parks, New York State Special Olympics (Polar Plunge!), Franziska Racker Center's residential group homes, and Tompkins County Mental Health Association.  I thoroughly enjoy assisting Ithaca College students to flourish into creative, innovative, mature, and problem-solving individuals which will serve them well as they advance into internships and careers representing Ithaca College as the next remarkable professional generation!

Courses I have had the pleasure of teaching include: Leisure Education (Clinical Approach), Administration of Therapeutic Recreation, Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation Process,  all in the RLS program as well at Occupational Therapy course, Play and Leisure in the Department of Occupational Therapy.  I will also be teaching Health Sciences: Foundations and Careers course that all Preprofessional students take their fall freshman semester.

Please feel free to contact me for any questions regarding the CLS  and Preprofessional programs.  Thank you!






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