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The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Dr. Marieke Van Puymbroek

Associate Professor
Coordinator of Recreational Therapy
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:
  • Therapeutic Recreation
Additional Professional Responsibilities:
  • President, National Academy of Recreational Therapists
  • Therapeutic Recreation 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):

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. (accepted). Using symbolic interactionism to improve recreational therapy practice for individuals with eating disorders. American Journal of Recreation Therapy.

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

Townsend, J., Van Puymbroeck, M., McCormick, B., Rutokowski, L., & Zabriskie, R. (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. (in press). Post-stroke balance is associated with quality of life. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation.

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

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

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.

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. (in press). Leisure as a means of coping: Experience of Taiwanese parents of adult children with disabilities. Recreation and Society in Africa, Asia & Latin America.

Bodde, A.E., Seo, D-C., Frey, G.C., Van Puymbroeck, M., & Lohrmann, D. (in press). The effect of a designed health education intervention on physical activity knowledge and participation of adults with intellectual disabilities. American Journal of Health Promotion.

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, epub ahead of print, available at http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/early/2012/07/24/STROKEAHA.112.658211.full.pdf?ijkey=rTKQzKclzKkLzNx&keytype=ref

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/10.310909638288.2011.650315.

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 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.

Townsend, J.A., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (in press). 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.

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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