Temple University

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Gretchen Snethen

Gretchen Snethen Temple University Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

Assistant Professor


1700 N. Broad, Suite 301A
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Office: 215-204-2748
Fax: 215-204-1386


  • PhD, Leisure Behavior,  Minor: Social Science Approach to Health and Healing Systems, Indiana University
  • MS, Recreational Therapy Administration, East Carolina University
  • BA, English, University of Kansas

Research Interests

  • Mental Health
  • Behavioral Health
  • Physical Activity
  • Community Participation 
  • Leisure Behavior


Gretchen Snethen is an assistant professor in the Therapeutic Recreation program within the department of Rehabilitation Sciences and the assistant director for the NIDILRR funded Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion. Her professional experience consists of direct and managerial work with youth and adults with mental illness. Her research focuses on understanding the relationship between environmental factors and community participation; using the community to promote physical activity engagement; and developing interventions that use recreation and leisure as a means to promote independence in the community. In addition to her research, Gretchen remains connected to the recreational therapy profession through her leadership with the American Therapeutic Recreation Association Evidence-Based Practice Taskforce.