Faculty Profile for Dr. Lindsey Ryan Oakes
Biography and EducationI am currently a tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Therapeutic Recreation in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University. In May 2020, I completed a doctoral program in the Department of Public Health Education at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. I received my Bachelor's of Science from the University of Florida in recreation programming (2010), and went on to receive my Master's from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in therapeutic recreation (2012).
Teaching InterestsMy teaching interests include undergraduate and graduate level therapeutic recreation courses, and topics related to social inclusion of individuals with varying disabilities.
Research InterestsMy research has explored the health and wellness experiences, as well as the recreation and sports experiences, of college students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) by engaging with various stakeholders at universities and colleges with inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) programs across the country. My current research is also focused on the generation of best practices for therapeutic recreation service delivery with college students with IDD in IPSE programs, with the long-term goal of establishing the college setting as a new worksite for certified therapeutic recreation specialists (CTRS). With my background in public health, I am interested in the potential impacts CTRS can make at various levels of the socio-ecological model.
Methodologically, I have the most experience with qualitative and mixed methods research. I also have a lot of experience with community-based participatory action research (CBPAR), including the use of photovoice with individuals with IDD, their families, and their communities to explore social inclusion and lack there of, along with the use of Design Thinking and Rapid Prototyping with college students with IDD to explore and build innovations focused on the health and wellness needs of college students with IDD.
I also have research experiences working on large groups of researchers. Through my experiences working within the Institute to Promote Athlete Health and Wellness at the University of North Carolina Greensboro as a doctoral level, graduate research assistant, I gained valuable experiences and skills in regards to collaborating with other researchers and funders (e.g. National Football League Foundation) from all over the country.
Selected Scholarly/Creative Work
- Oakes, L. R. (2021, June 8). New Faculty Research Spotlight: Passion for Social Inclusion Drives Professor’s Research on Student Health and Wellness. Texas State University’s Summer 2021 Issue of Engaging Research. Retrieved from https://www.txstate.edu/research/resources/research-newsletter/newsletter-archives/research-newsletter-summer-2021/faculty-research-spotlight/faculty-research-spotlight-oakes.html
- Milroy, J. J., Oakes, L. R., & Hickerson, B. D. (2021). Design thinking: Assessing the health needs of college students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 1–13. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jar.12882
- Oakes, L. R., Nichols, T. R., Schleien, S. J., Milroy, J. J., & Strack, R. W. (2020). Exploring inclusion of college students with IDD in campus recreation and sports through the lens of IPSE programs’ organizational level stakeholders. Journal of Inclusive Postsecondary Education., 2(2), 1–20. Retrieved from https://journals.gmu.edu/index.php/jipe/article/view/2724/1606
- Oakes, L. R., Hickerson, B. D., & Milroy, J. J. (2020). Let’s talk about health: Engaging college students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and support staff in conversations about health and wellness needs. Journal of Inclusive Postsecondary Education, 2. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.13021/jipe.2020.2476
- Oakes, L. R., Schleien, S. J., Kress, J. S., Walton, G., & Abigail, U. L. (2020, November 1). Capturing the inclusive camp experiences of teens with and without disabilities through photography and dialogue. Camping Magazine, 93(6), 42–49. Retrieved from https://www.acacamps.org/resource-library/camping-magazine/capturing-inclusive-camp-experiences-teens-without-disabilities-through-photography
- Award / Honor Recipient: President’s Award for the Article of Distinction, National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Recreational Sports Journal. 2022 - Present
- Award / Honor Recipient: Winner of Graduate Research & Creativity Expo in the category of Health Sciences, University of North Carolina Greensboro. 2018
- Award / Honor Recipient: Victor Hall Leadership Award, The Arc of Greensboro. 2012
- Award / Honor Recipient: Best New TR Program presented to Photovoice UNC-Greensboro, North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association – Therapeutic Recreation Section. 2011
- Award / Honor Nominee: Induction into the Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society, Omicron Alpha Kappa Chapter, School of Health and Human Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 2011
- Milroy, Jeffrey J (Principal), Oakes, Lindsey R (Co-Principal). Examining Collegiate Recreation and Sports Experiences of College Students with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and Recreation and Sports Staff Who Service College Students with IDD, Special Olympics Unified Sports, Special Olympics Unified Sports, $20000. (Funded: August 2019 - June 2020). Grant.
- Oakes, Lindsey Ryan. Exploring Inclusion of College Students with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities in Campus Recreation and Sports at Texas Universities, Texas State University, $8000. (Submitted: October 8, 2021). Grant.
- Oakes, Lindsey Ryan (Principal), Liu, Ting (Co-Principal), Dixon, Mary Odum (Co-Principal), Dailey, Stephanie Layne (Co-Principal), Asiabanpour, Bahram (Co-Principal), Okuda, Paola (Co-Principal). Using Photovoice to Zoom in on Disability and Increase Community Inclusion, Texas State University. (Submitted: October 2020). Grant.
Selected Service Activities
ATRA's Annual in Therapeutic Recreation
February 15, 2022-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
October 20, 2021-Present
Department of Health and Human Performance's Scholarship Committee
Reviewer / Referee
College of Education Scholarship Committee (College Service)
September 1, 2020-Present