Exploring the DRAMMA Model in Campus Recreation

Exploring the DRAMMA Model in Campus Recreation

Recorded On: 02/23/2021

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Institutions of higher education are confronting increasing numbers of students with mental health issues. As administrators look for ways to promote positive mental health, exploring the role leisure has in the wellbeing of students is warranted. This study used the DRAMMA model to better understand the connection between leisure and subjective wellbeing via five psychological pathways (Newman, Tay, & Diener, 2014). By surveying campus recreation users, this research hopes to provide a better understanding of the connection between leisure and wellbeing in an effort to prepare students to live productive and satisfying lives. In the session, researchers will share their findings.

Learning Objective(s)

1.       Understand DRAMMA model.

2.       List three outcomes of the study.

3.       Describe how study outcomes may impact programming 


Danny Twilley

Assistant Dean

West Virginia University

Dr. Danny Twilley is the Assistant Dean of the Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative at West Virginia University. In this role he is working to utilize WVU’s intellectual and social capital to leverage the state’s outdoor recreation assets to stimulate economic opportunities throughout the state in turn making WV a more desirable place to live, work, start a business, go to school, and visit. In order to accomplish this goal, he develops and helps stand up new initiatives, engages with communities, and facilitates academic collaborations across the University, state and local governments, outdoor industry, and related groups. 

In his academic role Danny’s research interest centers on how recreation transforms people and place which includes the psychological outcomes of leisure engagement, recreation’s role is community development, and the socio-economic impact of recreation-based development. Having received several million dollars in grant funding he strives to have is work have a positive impact on people and place through recreation.

Laura Morris

Assistant Professor

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Dr. Laura Morris is an Assistant Professor in the Recreation, Sport Leadership & Tourism Management program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She earned a B.S. and M.S. in Recreation and Sport Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an Ed.D from East Carolina University in Higher Education Administration. She has taught a variety of recreation and sport classes at UNCW. In 2013, Dr. Morris was awarded the Lecturer of the Year honor at UNCW. 

Her research interests include leisure behavior, recreation/leisure in relation to life-long health and wellbeing, happiness, and recreational sport and college student development.


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