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Jeffrey P. Witman, Ed.D., C.T.R.S.


  • B.S. Elizabethtown College
  • M.S. University of Oregon
  • Ed.D. Boston University


  • CTRS - Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist


  • Leadership and Group Dynamics
  • Organization of Therapeutic Recreation
  • Seminar in Recreation and Leisure

Research Interests

  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Leadership Development
  • Wellness Assessment/Programming


  • Distinguished Fellow Award, American Therapeutic Recreation Association, 2012
  • Elected as a Fellow, National Academy of Recreational Therapists, 2011
  • Distinguished Service Award, National Therapeutic Recreation Society, 2008
  • Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 1996, 2000, 2005 and 2006

Recent Publications

  • Witman, J., Jacobs, S., Anderson, L. and Malcarne, B. (2014) The well-being index (WBI): A pilot project. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 48 (2), 188-198
  • Strassle, C.G., Witman, J.P., Kinney, J.S. & Kinney, W.B. (2011). Counseling theory and practice: Applications for leisure education. In N. Stumbo & B. Wardlaw (Eds.) Facilitation of therapeutic recreation services: An evidence-based and best practice approach to techniques and processes. (pp. 115-124) State College, PA: Venture Publishing.
  • Witman, J. & Ligon, M. (2011) Reflection recognition reaffirmation: An engaging frame of reference for leisure education (2d Ed.). Enumclaw, WA: Idyll Arbor, Inc.
  • Witman, J.P. (2008). Taking the initiative. State College, PA: Venture Publishing, Inc.


  • Advisory Board Member, South Central Easter Seals of PA
  • Advisor, YCP Best Buddies
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