Van Puymbroeck named National Academy of Recreational Therapists president
CLEMSON — Marieke Van Puymbroeck, associate professor and coordinator of the therapeutic recreation program at Clemson University, has been named president of the National Academy of Recreational Therapists.
A new faculty member at Clemson, she holds a Ph.D. in rehabilitation science and master’s degree in recreational studies from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree from Longwood College. She also is associate editor of the Journal of Leisure Research, the American Journal of Recreation Therapy and the Therapeutic Recreation Journal.
Van Puymbroeck’s research focuses on the therapeutic use of recreation-based interventions, primarily yoga and other integrative medicine techniques, to improve function and well-being for individuals with chronic disease and disability. Specifically, she has studied the impact of yoga on older adults, chronic stroke survivors, breast cancer survivors and informal caregivers. She also is developing research grants that propose the study of yoga’s influence on spouses of people with dementia, individuals with traumatic brain injury and college students at risk for diabetes and obesity.