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The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Dr. Marieke Van Puymbroeck

Associate Professor
Recreational Therapy Coordinator
Email: mvp@clemson.edu
Tel: 864-656-1189
Location: 278 Lehotsky Hall

Education:
B.S. Longwood College, 1994, Therapeutic Recreation
M.S. University of Florida, 2001, Recreational Studies
Ph.D. University of Florida, 2004, Rehabilitation Science

Specialty area:
  • Recreational Therapy
Additional Professional Responsibilities:
  • President, National Academy of Recreational Therapists
  • Recreation Therapy Coordinator
  • Associate Editor: Journal of Leisure Research; American Journal of Recreation Therapy; Therapeutic Recreation Journal
Research Interests:

My research interests focus on the therapeutic use of recreation-based interventions (primarily yoga and other integrative medicine techniques) to improve function and well-being for individuals with chronic disease and disability.

Publications (last 5 years):
Van Puymbroeck, M., Allsop, J., Miller, K.K., & Schmid, A. (in press). ICF- based improvements in body structures and function, and activity and participation in chronic stroke following a yoga-based intervention. American Journal of Recreation Therapy.

Bennett, J. L., Van Puymbroeck, M., Piatt, J. A., & Rydell, R. J. (2014). Veterans’ perceptions of benefits and important program components of a therapeutic fly-fishing program. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 48(2), 169-187.

Van Puymbroeck, M., Altenberger, P., Combs, S., Miller, K., Kean, J., & Schmid, A.A. (2014). The influence of mood related variables on activity and participation in veterans with chronic stroke. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 30(3), 216-222.

Townsend, J., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2014). Modification procedures for instruments used with adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder: Pilot testing and initial psychometrics. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 48(1), 15-30.

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: A Student Journal, 11.

Altenburger, P.A., Dierks, T.A., Miller, K.K., Combs, S.A., Van Puymbroeck, M., Kean, J., & Schmid, A.A. (2013). Examination of sustained gait speed in individuals with chronic stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 94, 2471-2477.

Jamieson, L.M., Ewert, A., &Van Puymbroeck, M. (2013).  The relationship of recreation, park, and tourism studies to public health. Health Education Monograph (special issue on Physical Activity and Public Health), 30(1), 40-45.

Walter, A.A., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2013). Using symbolic interactionism to improve recreational therapy practice for individuals with eating disorders. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 12(2), 27-32.

Townsend, J., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2013). Development and evaluation of a family recreation intervention for families with an adolescent with an autism spectrum disorder. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 11(4), 27-37.

Schmid, A.A., Van Puymbroeck, M., Altenberger, P.A., Miller, K.K., Combs, S.A., & Page, S.J. (2013). Post-stroke balance is associated with quality of life. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 20(4), 340-346.

Miller, K.K., Combs, S.A., Van Puymbroeck, M., Altenberger, P.A., Kean, J., Dierks, T.A., & Schmid, A.A. (2013). Fatigue and pain: Relationships with physical performance and patient beliefs after stroke. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 20(4), 347-355.

Bodde, A.E., Seo, D-C., Frey, G.C., Van Puymbroeck, M., & Lohrmann, D. (2013). Correlates of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity participation in adults with intellectual disabilities. Health Promotion Practice, 14(5), 663-670.

Van Puymbroeck, M., Burk, B.N, Shinew, K., Kuhlenschmidt, M.C., & Schmid, A.A. (2013). Perceived health benefits from yoga among breast cancer patients. American Journal of Health Promotion, 27(5), 308-315.

Hsieh, P.C., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2013). Leisure as a means of coping: Experience of Taiwanese parents of adult children with disabilities. Recreation and Society in Africa, Asia & Latin America 4(1), available online: http://criticalvoices.lib.uoguelph.ca/index.php/rasaala/article/view/2714.

Townsend, J.A., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2013). Understanding the intentions of families with a child with autism to participate in a family recreation program: A pilot study. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 12(1), 16-22.

Van Puymbroeck, M., Ewert, A.W., Luo, Y., & Frankel, J.  (2012). Outward Bound Veterans Program improves sense of coherence. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 11(3), 31-38.

Bodde, A.E., Seo, D-C., Frey, G.C., Van Puymbroeck, M., & Lohrmann, D. (2012). The effect of a designed health education intervention on physical activity knowledge and participation of adults with intellectual disabilities. American Journal of Health Promotion, 26(5), 313-316. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4278/ajhp.100408-ARB-112

Schmid, A.A., Van Puymbroeck, M., Altenberger, P., Schalk, N., Dierks, T., Miller, K., Damush, T., Bravata, D., & Williams, L. (2012). Post-stroke balance improves with yoga: A randomized pilot study. Stroke, 43(9), 2402-2407.

Combs, S.A., Van Puymbroeck, M., Altenburger, P.A., Miller, K.K., Dierks, T.A., & Schmid, A.A. (2012). Importance of walking farther vs. faster to persons with chronic stroke. Disability and Rehabilitation, epub ahead of print, available at http://informahealthcare.com/eprint/yDJmaRfZksSx72AVnHTA/full

Snethen, G.A., McCormick, B.P., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2012). Community involvement, planning and coping skills: Pilot outcomes of a recreational therapy intervention for adults with schizophrenia. Disability and Rehabilitation. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2011.650315. E-pub ahead of print, available at http://informahealthcare.com/doi/pdf/10.3109/09638288.2011.650315.

Smith. R., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2012). Including children with autism spectrum disorders in recreation activities. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 10(4), 35-42.

Smith, R., Van Puymbroeck, M., & Frey, G. (2012). Active participation and social integration service delivery model for youth with autism spectrum disorders. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 10(3), 5-18.

Schmid, A.A., Van Puymbroeck, M., Altenburger, P.A., Dierks, T.A., Miller, K.K., Damush, T.M., & Williams, L.S. (2012). Balance and balance self-efficacy are associated with activity and participation after stroke: A cross-sectional study in people with chronic stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93, 1101-1107.

Van Puymbroeck, M., & Lundberg, N. (2011). Introduction to veteran issues, the role of therapeutic recreation. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 45, 265-267.

Schmid A.A., Van Puymbroeck, M., Knies, K., Spangler-Morris, C., Watts, K., Damush, T., & Williams, L.S. (2011). Fear of falling among people who have sustained a stroke: A 6-month longitudinal pilot study. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65, 125-132.

Van Puymbroeck, M., Schmid, A., Shinew, K., Hsieh, P.C. (2011). Influence of Hatha yoga on the physical fitness, physical activity constraints, and body image of breast cancer survivors: A pilot study. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 21, 81-92.

Snethen, G.A., McCormick, B.P., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2011). Independence through Community Access and Navigation (I-CAN) in adults with Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders: Theoretical & practical foundations [Part I]. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 10(1), 25-33.

Snethen, G.A., McCormick, B.P., Smith, R., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2011). Independence through Community Access and Navigation (I-CAN) in adults with Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders: Treatment planning & implementation [Part II]. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, Winter 2011, 35-45.

Van Puymbroeck, M., Smith, R., & Schmid, A. (2011). Yoga as a means to negotiate physical activity constraints in middle aged and older adults. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 10(2), 117-121.

Smith, R.L., & Van Puymbroeck, M., (2011). A strengths-based approach to play in children with autism. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 11(2), 17-24.

Bodde, A.E., Seo, D-C., Frey, G.C., Lohrmann, D., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2011). Development of a physical activity program for individuals with intellectual disability. Health Promotion Practice, 13(1), 116-123. doi: 10.1177/1524839910381698.

Van Puymbroeck, M., Austin, D., & McCormick, B.P. (2011). A rebuttal to Dieser’s rejoinder on hidden curriculum. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 45(1), 69-73

Schmid A.A., Van Puymbroeck, M., & Schalk, N. (2010). Yoga and balance in older adults. Lower Extremity, 2(11), 39-43 (Invited paper).

Kim, H., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2010). Use of Wii´ú¬ with older adults: A potential new recreational therapy intervention to increase physical activity. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 9(3), 33-40.

Austin, D.R., McCormick, B.M., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2010). Positive psychology: A theoretical foundation for recreation therapy practice. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 9(3), 17-24.

Van Puymbroeck, M., Austin, D., & McCormick, B.P. (2010). Beyond curriculum reform: Therapeutic recreation’s hidden curriculum. Therapeutic Recreation Journal (Special Issue on Curriculum), 44(3), 213-222.

Gassman, R., Agley, J., Johnston, J.D., Middlestadt, S., Van Puymbroeck, M., & YoussefAgha, A. (2010). Catalyzing trans-disciplinary studies in public health: A college health survey and data platform. Health Promotion Practice, 13(1), 90-97. Published online before print November 11, 2010, doi: 10.1177/1524839910370425.

Carter, L., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2010). The importance of autonomy in nursing home facilities. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 9(2): 41-45.

Cornett, A.M., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2010). Self-efficacy, sports, and rehabilitation- implications for therapeutic recreation: A review of the literature. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 9(2): 33-39.

Van Puymbroeck, M., & Hsieh, P. C. (2010). Influence of mindfulness based stress reduction and walking on the psychological well-being for informal caregivers: A pilot study. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 9(1), 15-25.

Schmid, A., Van Puymbroeck, M., & Koceja, D. (2010). Effect of a 12-week yoga intervention on the fear of falling and balance in older adults--A pilot study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 91, 576-583.

Kim, J., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2010). Providing culturally competent recreational therapy for Asian clients. Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, 19, 113-123.

Bodde, A. & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2010). Theoretical foundations of perceived control:  Application to health behaviors of adults with intellectual disabilities. Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, 18, 131-140.

Grants and Self-funded Research Projects:
Department of Veteran Affairs, Rehabilitation Research and Development, Pain outcomes comparing Yoga versus Structured Exercise (POYSE) Trial; Role: Investigator PI: M. Bair; $1,099,984 (2013-2016)

Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Collaborative Faculty, Center Research Support Program, Examining the Feasibility and Influence of a Theoretically Based Family Recreation Experience; Role: Investigator; PI: A. Schmid; $5003 (2011-2012)

Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis Clinical and Translational Sciences, Post-Stroke Functional Mobility and the Relationship with Participation; $18,865 (2009-2011)

Faculty Research Support Program, Indiana University Bloomington; The Impacts of Participation in Outward Bound on Selected Health Concerns and the Returning Military Veteran; Role: Investigator; PI: A. Ewert; $23,368 (2009-2010)

Faculty Research Support Program, Indiana University Bloomington; Influence of Yoga on Fall Risk Factors in Older Adults; Role: PI; $21,950 (2008-2011)

Leisure Research Institute, Indiana University and Bloomington Hospital Foundation; A Pilot Test of Post-Stroke Exercise and Health Promotion; Role: PI; $5,000 (LRI); $5,000 (BHF) (2008-2011)

Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research and Development Quality Enhancement Initiative, Project 09-195; Yoga as a Complex Intervention for Veterans With Stroke; Role: Investigator; PI: A. Schmid; $131,677 (2010-2011)

Faculty Research Support Program, Indiana University Bloomington; Catalyst for Cross-disciplinary Research within the School of HPER:  A Health Risk Behavior and Outcomes Survey; Role: Investigator; PI: R. Gassman; $25,000 (2009-2010)

National Institutes of Health: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program; Role: PI; $40,000 (2007-2009)

Courses Taught:
PRTM 491 - Therapeutic Recreation and Disabilities Across the Lifespan

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