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Linda L. Caldwell, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management and Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. She received her B.S. from Penn State, her M.S. from North Carolina State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1986.

linda_caldwell-casual-smallerShe is currently the Director of the College of Health and Human Development Global Leadership Initiative and the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative for Penn State. Her research primarily focuses on interventions that develop youth competencies, promote healthy lifestyles, and reduce risky behavior in and through leisure.

She is the co-developer of two interventions that focus on preventing adolescent risk behavior through positive use of free time: TimeWise: Taking Charge of Leisure Time and HealthWise South Africa: Life Skills for Young Adults. Her primary funding comes from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and since 2000 she has received close to $6 million in funding as PI or Co-PI.

Linda has published over 100 referred research articles and book chapters and is co-author of a book, Recreation and Youth Development. She is currently is secretary of the Children and Youth Commission of the World Leisure Association, past-president of the Academy of Leisure Sciences, and an elected member of the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration.

Awards include the National Recreation and Park Association Franklin D. and Theodore Roosevelt Excellence in Recreation and Park Research Award (2007), the Society for Prevention Research International Collaborative Prevention Science Award (2007), Penn State College of Health and Human Development Leadership in Outreach Award (2009), and the North Carolina State University Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Outstanding Alumnus Award (2011-12). She loves kickboxing, traveling, photography, gardening, cooking, being in nature (especially scuba diving, hiking and camping), and spending time with her husband and cats.

See a list of previous recipients:

The Outstanding Alumnus Archive