Emily Messina, PhD, CTRS/R

Associate Professor
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  • COVID-19 Focus: Coping via Recreation
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Mental Health
  • Adapted Recreation
  • Recreation with Special Populations
  • Coping via Leisure/Recreation


Emily Messina is an associate professor and Therapeutic Recreation Program director at Eastern Washington University. Messina received her BS and MS in recreation studies with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation from the University of Florida. She has been a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for 15 years. She completed her doctoral degree in social behavioral health science at Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn. Messina’s research focuses on the benefits of recreation and leisure for marginalized population groups. She is also active within the veteran community, and spends her Wednesday nights helping with the Inland Northwest Chapter of Team River Runner.


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