Steve Brannan is a professor emeritus in the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University (PSU) and taught in the Special Education Department for 25 years.
A major part of his career has been spent in training and research activities related to outdoor/environmental education, camping, and leisure education for persons with disabilities.
Brannan has written extensively on these topics, has directed several federal training and research grants in these areas, and has consulted and presented at the national level.
Brannan founded an outdoor education/recreation training program in the early 1970s as part of a partnership with PSU and Portland urban area Kiwanis clubs.
Through his leadership, the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp became a nationally recognized model in serving persons with severe disabilities.
Over the last 3 decades, the camp has provided an interdisciplinary training site for PSU students from education and related fields who participate as counselors at the camp as part of their undergraduate or graduate preparation.
Brannan served as the principal investigator and research team leader for both the NCEP and NICP research projects, which included close collaboration with the American Camping Association and outdoor programs nationwide.
Brannan continues to be active professionally in his advocacy and writings for persons with disabilities.