Temple University

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Heather Porter

Associate Professor of Instruction
Co-Program Director


1700 N. Broad Street
Suite 304D
Philadelphia, PA 19121


  • PhD, Health Studies (Public Health and Recreational Therapy), Temple University
  • MS, Counseling Psychology (Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy), Chestnut Hill College
  • BS, Recreational Therapy and Sport/Recreation Management, Temple University


Dr. Heather Porter is an Associate Professor of Instruction in the Recreational Therapy Program at Temple University. She has a strong clinical background in inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation (traumatic brain injury, stroke, amputation, arthritis, back disorders, multiple sclerosis, cardiac, pulmonary, spinal cord injury, joint replacement, & obesity). She received the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as the Excellence in Teaching Award from Temple’s College of Public Health. She is the editor of the Recreational Therapy Practice series for Idyll Arbor, Inc., has published multiple books, book chapters, and refereed journal articles, and mentors Recreational Therapy students in manuscript development for publication. Additionally, she organizes the annual Recreational Therapy Evidence Based Practice Day Conference at Temple University, maintains RT Wise Owls (www.rtwiseowls.com) to disseminate Recreational Therapy evidence based practice information, and is the Recreational Therapy Licensure Coordinator for Pennsylvania, for which she received the Pennsylvania Therapeutic Recreation Society Presidential Citation Award for licensure leadership and the American Therapeutic Recreation Association Member of the Year Award for contributions to the advancement of the profession.

Research Interests

  • Chronic Disease 
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Community Based Treatment Interventions
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Health Education
  • Health Promotion
  • Leisure
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Quality of Life
  • Recreation
  • Rehabilitation Sciences