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Jo-Ellen Ross

Assistant Professor of Instruction
Therapeutic Recreation Program Undergraduate Coordinator


1700 N. Broad Street, Suite 304 F
Philadelphia, Pa 19121


  • PhD, Leisure Studies (Dual Emphasis: Leisure Behavior & Therapeutic Recreation), University of Illinois
  • MS, Recreation and Parks Administration (Emphasis: Outdoor Recreation and Camp Administration particularly with persons with disabilities), Indiana University
  • BA, Psychology, Albright College


Jo-Ellen joined the faculty of Temple University in 2014 as an assistant professor and the undergraduate program coordinator for the Therapeutic Recreation Program in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. She is credentialed as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and has extensive experience in practice and academia. Jo-Ellen has worked as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist/Recreation Therapist in a variety of innovative and traditional settings and programs with individuals of all ages and abilities and their families. She continues to work in the field as a recreation therapist (per diem) and as a consultant. Jo-Ellen is very active professionally. Currently, she is on the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) Board of Directors (Member-at-Large). She also serves on the NY-NJ American Camp Association Standards Committee and is one of their Standards Instructors and Accreditation Visitors. At the local level, Jo-Ellen is a member of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities – Recreation Committee. Jo-Ellen’s research interests include the meaning of leisure for persons with disabilities and their families; community inclusion through recreation, leisure, and play; and efficacy of therapeutic recreation interventions. Additionally, she is very interested in program development and evaluation as well as disabilities issues, life satisfaction, quality of life, overall wellness, and assistive technology.

Research Interests

  • Adolescent Health
  • Adoption
  • Aphasia 
  • Assistive Technology
  • Behavioral Health Services
  • Cancer
  • Child and Adolescent Disability 
  • Child Welfare
  • Childhood Development 
  • Chronic Disease
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Communication Disorders
  • Community Based Program Evaluation
  • Community Based Treatment Interventions
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Family Relationships
  • Health Promotion
  • Homelessness
  • Interprofessional Education Acitivites
  • Leisure
  • Minority Health
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Neuromuscular Conditions
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Physical Activity 
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality of Life
  • Recreation
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • School Based Treatment Interventions
  • Stress Management 
  • Trauma
  • Traumatic Brain Injury