Linda Heyne

Professor Emerita, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Specialty: Therapeutic Recreation

Linda Heyne, Ph.D., CTRS is a Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. Her scholarly interests include strengths-based therapeutic recreation practice, inclusive recreation and diversity, socialization and friendship between people with and without disabilities, therapeutic recreation in the schools, the Take Back Your Time movement, and an international perspective on the use of recreation for therapeutic purpose. She has authored many publications and delivered numerous presentations on these topics.

Linda teaches regularly at the Wellbeing International Week at HAMK University in Hämeenlinna, Finland. She has also been an associate editor for the Therapeutic Recreation Journal for many years, as well as a Fulbright Specialist and a consultant in inclusive recreation practices. She helped initiate the inclusive recreation program at the Jewish Community Center of the St. Paul Area, which won several awards for its early inclusionary practices. 

Sample Publications:

Linda recently co-authored the textbook, Therapeutic Recreation Practice: A Strengths Approach (Venture Publishing, 2012), with colleague Dr. Lynn Anderson, CTRS. 

You may read two of her articles published in Social Advocacy and Systems Change (Vol. 3, Issue 2) at

  • An International Perspective of the Therapeutic Use of Recreation: The United Kingdom, Costa Rica, and Finland
  • Social Inclusion in the Lunchroom and on the Playground at School (with Drs. Vicki Wilkins and Lynn Anderson)

Research Interests:

  • Therapeutic recreation strengths-based practice
  • Inclusive recreation and diversity
  • International perspective of the therapeutic use of recreation
  • Therapeutic recreation in the schools
  • Qualitative research methodologies