Janice Elich Monroe

Professor, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

Janice Elich Monroe

Janice Elich Monroe

Janice Elich Monroe can discuss the role of recreational therapy as a viable treatment intervention for individuals with physical disabilities and other health, behavioral and cognitive conditions. She can also provide insight into the role recreational therapy plays in promoting wellness, healthy leisure behaviors, and overall quality of life. In addition, she can discuss the social and cultural aspects of play and the role it plays in promoting cultural awareness and enhancing family cohesiveness. A Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, she has spearheaded a number of service learning initiatives involving students and advocates recreational therapy as a viable treatment intervention. Her strengths are interdisciplinary collaboration and mentoring students, faculty and clinicians. Her professional focus is on curricular development in the areas of interdisciplinary collaboration, international studies and the development of mentoring relationships.

Research Focus

  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • State recognition and licensure of professional fields
  • Internships and field placement experiences
  • Mentoring colleagues and students
  • Rural gerontology


Old Dominion University
Ph.D., Urban Services & Education Administration/ Minor in Human Resource Development, 1991

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
M.S., Leisure Studies &Therapeutic Recreation/ Minor in Education Psychology, 1981

University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo
B.S., Recreation/ Specialization in Outdoor Biology and Public Relations, 1976