Shay L. Dawson - Author

Shay Dawson PhD, CTRS

Shay Dawson is an associate professor within the College of Education and Human Services at Central Michigan University. His research interests focus on the development of evidence-based psychosocial support programs for youth and families impacted by disability. Shay offers a faculty-led study abroad trip each summer focused on disability in Southeast Europe and leads a Disability and Medicine Seminar Series in the College of Medicine at Central Michigan University.

Dr. Dawson is the former director of Bradford Woods, which offers pediatric medical specialty camps for children, as well as therapeutic programs focused on military, family, and equine-assisted activities. Leadership roles include the former board chair for the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC), Recreational Therapy Undergraduate Academic Coordinator at Central Michigan University and Indiana University, supervisor for the Therapeutic Services Behavioral Health Department at Bethesda Hospital, and as an associate editor for both the American Journal of Recreation Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation Journal.

Dr. Dawson has received the College of Education and Human Services nomination for the Distinguished Professor of the Year Award, David Austin Member of the Year Award from the Recreation Therapists of Indiana, as well as the Unsung Hero Award and two adjunct teacher of the year awards from Indiana University’s School of Public Health.  

Therapeutic Recreation Processes and Techniques 9th Ed