Temple University

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Catherine Coyle

Catherine Coyle, Ph.D., CTRS
Senior Advisor to the Dean


Temple College of Public Health
1101 W. Montgomery Ave.
Bell Building, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19122


  • PhD, Education Psychology, Temple University


Catherine Coyle is a tenured, full professor.  For the past 4 years, she has been serving as a faculty administrator in the Dean’s Office.  
The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Coyle has received Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for distinguished teaching, and was awarded a Scholarly Achievement Award from the American Therapeutic Recreation Association for her research activity. A well regarded author, she has written two textbooks used in the educational preparation of recreation therapist and her work has appeared in numerous academic journals including Journal of Rehabilitation, Health Promotion International, Journal of Applied Gerontology, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Disability and Rehabilitation. Additionally, her research has been cited in the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Improve the Health and Wellness of Persons with Disabilities (2005). 
Coyle was a principal investigator on numerous interdisciplinary, federal and state research projects (NIH, NIDRR, RSA). Her research focuses on the examination of the interrelationships among active living, secondary complications, and health via physically and socially active recreation among persons with disabilities. She was inducted as an Associate Fellow into the National Academy of Recreation Therapists in 2011 and has served on the Exam Management Committee for the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification for nine years (1994-2000, 2009-2011), receiving a recognition award for exceptional service from this organization in 2011.