Recreation and Sport Management Department



Cynthia Carruthers, Ph.D., CTRS
Associate Professor


Recreation and Sport Management Department
William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration
4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 453035
Las Vegas, NV 89154-3035

Office Phone:  (702) 895-4192
Fax: (702) 774-8994
Email: cynthia.carruthers@unlv.edu



 
  Professional Background and Interests


Educational Background

Ph.D., 1991, Department of Leisure Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dissertation Title: Alcohol expectancies in leisure

M.S. in Leisure Behavior, Therapeutic Recreation Option, 1983, Department of Leisure Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Thesis Title: The effect of leisure education on the leisure attitudes of college students

Bachelor of Science, Therapeutic Recreation Option, 1982, Department of Leisure Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research and Professional Interests
My scholarship focuses on the relationship between leisure and well-being. Specifically, I am interested in the ways in which leisure can contribute to the development of the personal and environmental resources that facilitate positive emotion, personal growth, and a meaningful life. I am particularly interested in understanding the nature of these relationships for people with disabilities, youth, and aging populations. Professionally, I have experience as a therapeutic recreation specialist in behavioral health care and in long term care facilities. I am also a licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor and served as the coordinator of counselors on an addictive diseases unit.

Selected Conference Presentations


Carruthers, C., & Hood, C. (2007). Leisure and Well-Being Model: Making it real. Annual American Therapeutic Recreation Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

Boo, S., Carruthers, C., & Busser, J. (2007). An application of a career decision model to undergraduates majoring in hospitality. 2007 EuroChrie Conference, Leeds, England.

Pace, D., Bungum, T., Carruthers, C., Chien, T., Clayton, A., Kim, Y., McCool, A., Michelman, M., Myung, E. (2007). The race is on: A collaborative effort to decrease obesity in the Las Vegas Valley. American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), Baltimore, MD.

Carruthers, C., & Hood, C. (2007). Keynote address. The power of the positive: Leisure and the good life. Annual New York State Therapeutic Recreation Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY (invited).

Carruthers, C., & Hood, C. (2007). The Leisure and Well-Being Model of therapeutic recreation practice. Annual New York State Therapeutic Recreation Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY (invited).

Hood, C. & Carruthers, C. (2007). Enhancing the quality of the leisure experience: A value-added approach for therapeutic recreation practice. Annual New York State Therapeutic Recreation Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY (invited).

Hood, C., & Carruthers, C. (2006). The Leisure and Well-being Model of therapeutic recreation practice. Therapeutic Recreation Ontario Annual Conference, Ontario, Canada (invited).

Hood, C., & Carruthers, C. (2006). Using the Leisure and Well-being Model in therapeutic recreation practice. Therapeutic Recreation Ontario Annual Conference, Ontario, Canada (invited).

Hood, C., & Carruthers, C. (2006). The Leisure and Well-Being Model: A resource development framework for TR services (6 hour intensive). Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association Annual Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Carruthers, C., & Hood, C. (2006). Leisure and Well-Being Model: Moving beyond surviving to thriving. Annual American Therapeutic Recreation Conference, Orlando, FL.

Pace, D., Carruthers, C., Clayton, A., & Cain, C. (November, 2006). Professional golf management as a tool for positive youth development. International Conference on Sport and Entertainment Business, Columbia, South Carolina.

Bruno, S., Busser, J., Carruthers, C., & Pace, D. (November, 2006). Playing the game: The role of sport attributes in destination image formation. Sport
Marketing Association Conference, Denver, CO.


Selected Publications

Daud, R., & Carruthers, C. (accepted). Outcome study of an after-school program for youth in a high risk environment, Journal of Park and Recreation Administration.

Carruthers, C., & Hood, C. (2007). Building a life of meaning through therapeutic recreation: The Leisure and Well-Being Model, Part 1.  Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 41, 276-297.

Hood, C., & Carruthers, C.  (2007). Enhancing leisure experience and developing resources: The Leisure and Well-Being Model, Part II.  Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 41, 298-325.

Young, C., Shinnar, R., Ackerman, B., Carruthers, C., & Young, D. (2007). Implementing and sustaining service-learning at the institutional level.  Journal of Experiential Education, 29, 344-366.

Carruthers, C., Platz, L., & Busser, J. (2006). Gambling motivation of individuals who gamble pathologically. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 40, 165-181.

Carruthers, C. (2006). Processes and outcomes of an after-school program for adolescent girls. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 24, 127-152.



  Courses for the Spring 2008 Semester



RLS 100: Social Psychology of Leisure Behavior
RLS 390X: Recreation and Youth Development




  Links

UNLV links
    William F. Harrah Hotel College Home Page
    Recreation and Sport Management Home Page 
    Webmail
    Writing Center
    Library
    Web Campus
    Information Technology

Leisure and Recreation Links
    National Recreation and Parks Association
    Diversity Research Lab at the University of Illinois
    Nevada Recreation and Parks Society
    Nevada Division of State Parks
    City of Las Vegas, Department of Leisure Services
    City of Henderson Parks and Recreation
    California Park and Recreation Society
    Arizona Parks and Recreation Association





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