Pei-Chun Hsieh, PhD

Assistant Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Office: STH 336
905 688 5550 x6302

Dr. Pei-Chun Hsieh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. Her research focuses on understanding how to promote positive health behaviors and successful aging in individuals with disabilities and in their family members. In her recent grant projects, she and her project team developed online learning modules to train older individuals with developmental disabilities and their families about different strategies to manage their aging-related needs in order to continue living independently in the community.

Dr. Hsieh is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and has served as a co-chair for the American Therapeutic Recreation Association’s International Committee to promote collaboration between practitioners and scholars internationally.

  • Means of promoting successful aging in older adults
  • Enhance quality of life in family caregivers
  • Explore how leisure and recreation can promote community engagement and a sense of belonging in individuals with developmental disabilities

Hopper ,T.; Hsieh, P.C; Nagata, S & Stumbo, N. (Accepted) Special Issue: Global and Cultural Perspectives on Therapeutic Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 53(3).

O’Sullivan, P., & Hsieh, P. C. (2017). Utilizing photovoice as a participatory research tool in recreation therapy. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 51(4), 291-296.

McCrane, K. M., & Hsieh, P. C. (2017). Effect of yoga on QOL in individuals with multiple sclerosis. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 51(1), 81-85.

Smith, K., & Hsieh, P. C. (2017). Sports participation and re-integration of persons with spinal cord injury. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 51(1), 75-80.

Snead, B., Hsieh, P. C., & Snethen, G. (2016). Sexual identity and discrimination: Creating a welcoming environment for sexual minority consumers. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 50(2), 172-175.

Pakstis, D., & Hsieh, P. C. (2015). How family leisure influences family functionality in single-parent families. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 49(4), 331-335

Watts, C., & Hsieh, P. C. (2015). The use of horticulture-based programs to promote engagement for older adults with dementia. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 49(3), 257-260.

Lyons, B., Nelson, R. & Hsieh, P. C. (2013). Physiological effects of a technology-based music making program in skilled nursing residents.  American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 12(3), 25-33.

Townsend, J.A., Hsieh, P. C., Van Puymbroeck, M., Johnston, J.D., Gassman, R.A., Agley, J., Middlestadt, S.E., & YoussefAgha, A.H. (2013). Sense of coherence, perceived stress and health-related quality of life in college students. Illuminare, 11(1), 69-74.

Hsieh, P. C. & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2013). Leisure as a means of coping: The experience of Taiwanese parents of adult children with disabilities. Recreation and Society in Africa, Asia & Latin America, 4(1).

  • Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
  • Therapeutic Recreation Program Planning
  • Co-chair, International Committee, American Therapeutic Recreation Association
  • Member, Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association
  • Member, Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association