Colleen Deyell Hood, PhD

Professor, Recreation & Leisure Studies

Colleen Hood

Office: STH 352
905 688 5550 x5120

I have been a faculty member and practitioner in the field of therapeutic recreation for over 30 years. I have authored a number of publications and spoken across North America introducing the Leisure and Well-Being Model to field as a contemporary, strengths-based model of therapeutic recreation practice.  My primary interests focus on the role of leisure and therapeutic recreation services in living well with mental illness. I am engaged in research that develops and examines best-practice therapeutic recreation interventions for individuals with mental health challenges.  I am also a Registered Psychotherapist with a small private practice in St. Catharines.

  • Therapeutic Recreation and living well with illness and disability
  • Therapeutic Recreation for individuals with mental illness
  • Evidence based practice in Therapeutic Recreation
  • Trauma-Informed Therapeutic Recreation
  • *Registered Psychotherapist, College of Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario
  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification
  • Member, Canadian Association of Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Member, Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association

Cripps, L., & Hood, C. (2017).  The art and science of empathy: The initiation of a dialectical conversation.  Therapeutic Recreation: Practice and Research; Journal of Therapeutic Recreation Ontario, 12, 11-20.

Hood, C., & Carruthers, C. (2016). Supporting the development of a strengths-based narrative:  Applying the Leisure and Well-Being Model in outpatient mental health services. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 50(2), 103-117.

Hood, C., & Carruthers, C. (2016). Creating strengths-based TR programs using the Leisure and Wellbeing Model: Translating theory into practice. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 50(1), 4-20.

Carruthers, C. & Hood, C. (2016).  Mindfulness in Therapeutic Recreation. In J. Dattilo (Ed.) Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreationm 3rd Ed., Champaign, IL:  Sagamore

Carruthers, C., & Hood, C. (2016).  Cognitive behavioral counseling techniques.  In H. Porter (Ed.), Recreational therapy handbook of practice:  ICF-Based diagnosis and treatment (2nd Ed.).  Enumclaw, WA:  Idyll Arbor.

Hood, C., & Carruthers, C. (2016).  Leisure education.  In H. Porter (Ed.), Recreational therapy handbook of practice:  ICF-Based diagnosis and treatment (2nd Ed.).  Enumclaw, WA:  Idyll Arbor.

Carruthers, C., & Hood, C. (2013). Mindfulness-based therapeutic recreation intervention. ATRA Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, 21, 73-79.

Hood, C., & Carruthers, C. (2012).  Therapeutic recreation:  Enhancing well-being through leisure.  In T. Freire (Ed.), Positive leisure science (pp. 121-140).  New York:  Springer.

Hood, C. (2012).  Coping.  In J. Rippe (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Health and Medicine. Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage.

Carruthers, C., & Hood, C. (2011).  Mindfulness and well-being:  Implications for therapeutic recreation practice.  Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 45, 171-189


  • Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Therapeutic Recreation and Persons with Disabilities
  • Therapeutic Recreation and Behavioral Health
  • Advanced Methods in Therapeutic Recreation
  • Facilitatation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation



  • Foundations of Leisure Studies
  • Positive Leisure Science: Individual and Community Well-Being
  • Strengths-based Facilitation Techniques