Linda Caldwell
Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1986
Professor of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management

Contact Information

201 Mateer Building


Phone: 814-863-8983
Fax: 814-863-4257

Department Web Page

Research Interests

Adolescents, leisure and health; leisure education, prevention research, and the developmental affordances of leisure

Examples of Current Prevention Projects

HealthWise II/HealthWise Dissemination: Translation to Multiple Schools

Start Date: 2010

National Institute on Drug Abuse

In the second phase of the HealthWise project funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Penn State and its partners in South Africa will continue their work to: (1) advance Type 2 translational science and theory building by (2) targeting risk and protective factors for substance abuse and sexual risk (e.g., HIV/AIDS) among 8th- and 9th-grade South African youth.

Recent Publications

Caldwell, L.L., Baldwin, C.K., Walls, T., & Smith, E. A.  (2004). Preliminary effects of a leisure education program to promote healthy use of free time among middle school adolescents.  Journal of Leisure Research, 36, 310-335.

Caldwell, L. L. (accepted). Leisure and health: Why is leisure therapeutic? British Journal of Counseling and Psychology.

Godbey, G., Caldwell, L. L., Floyd, M., & Payne, L. (accepted). Implications from leisure studies and recreation and park management research for active living. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Caldwell, L. L., Smith, E. A., Wegner, L., Vergnani, T., Mpofu, E., Flisher, A., & Matthews, C. (accepted). HealthWise South Africa: Developing a Life Skills curriculum for young adults. World Leisure Journal.