Dr. Mary Ann Devine, is a Professor at Kent State University in the Recreation, Park, & Tourism Management program and directs the Disability Studies and Community Inclusion minor/graduate Certificate. Her research interests are in the area of inclusion of individuals with disabilities in leisure and physical activity contexts as they relate to healthy active living for individuals with disabilities. She has conducted numerous studies examining aspects of the inclusion process such as social acceptance, social construction of disability, attitudinal barriers, and best practices. Finding from Dr. Devine’s research have been used in more than 20 countries to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities in community life. In 2008, Dr. Devine was the recipient of the Gonzaga DeGama Researcher of the year award by the National Institute on Recreation Inclusion/National Recreation and Park Association. The American Association for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities selected Dr. Devine as a research delegate for their International Research and Exchange program in 2017. Currently Dr. Devine is leading a research project using Virtual Reality to examine the barriers and facilitators to health promoting physical activity for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Ph.D., Recreation & Leisure Studies, University of Georgia, M.S., Human Service Administration, Nova University, B.S., Recreation and Parks/ Therapeutic Recreation, University of Colorado,
Disability, Recreation, Camps, Parks, Leisure, Autism, Recreation and Leisure Studies Rehabilitation or Therapy, Social Services, The inclusion of people with disabilities in community settings mostly leisure contexts, Transition of young adults with intellectual or cognitive (ASD) to college and community settings, Examining barriers experienced by individuals with physical or sensory impairments in physically active/exercise/fitness contexts, active living, healthy living, Quality of life, social isolation, social acceptance, Physical activity, independent living, community inclusion, Community Engagement, mobility impairments, intellectual disability, cognitive disability, developmental disability