Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

  • Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Parks, Recreation & Tourism
  • Program Director of Recreational Therapy, Occupational and Recreational Therapies
  • Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Occupational & Recreational Therapies
  • Advisor for Recreational Therapy Honors, Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies



  • MS, Recreation and Leisure, Department of Recreation and Leisure/Therapeutic Recreation, Specialization in Social Work, University of Utah. Project: Women and Self-Esteem
  • BS, Leisure Studies, Department of Leisure Studies, Emphasis Therapeutic Recreation, University of Utah

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Program Award for the Therapeutic Recreation Emphasis-Department of Parks, Recreation,and Tourism-University of Utah. Utah Recreational Therapy Association, 03/2016
  • Distinguished Fellow Award. American Therapeutic Recreation Association, 09/2015
  • Distinguished Service Award for a lifetime of commitment. Utah Recreation Therapy Association, 03/21/2014
  • Fellow. National Academy of Recreational Therapists, 12/2010
  • College of Heath, Distinguished Teaching Award. University of Utah, 04/2007


Sandra is an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) and Program Director of  Recreational Therapy at the University of Utah, in the Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies, in Salt Lake City. She served for 23 years as the Manager of Expressive Therapies for the Universities’ Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI), was also the Director of Adolescent Services and Founder and Director of the organization’s Self-Esteem Institute.

Sandra has worked in the mental health community for forty years and has served on numerous local, state and national committees representing individuals with disabilities and the profession of Recreational Therapy. Sandra has served as the President of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) and has been recognized for her professional contributions by receiving ATRA’s “Distinguished Fellow Award,” and “Outstanding Professional Award.”  She has served as the President of the Utah Recreational Therapy Association and also recipient of their “Distinguished Service Award.” Sandra has been recognized by the University of Utah, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism with the “Outstanding Alumni Award” and the Distinguished Teaching Award for the College of Health. 

Sandra has taught at the university for over 30 years in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.  She coordinated their Therapeutic Recreation Emphasis, taught in the experiential education emphasis and the general recreation core.  She has served on 35 master student committees and was a clinical advisor on numerous Ph.D. dissertations. Sandra has authored clinical practice books, text book chapters, numerous journal articles, and contemporary publications.

However, her favorite things in life are vacations, time with family, a good book and a good friend.



  • National Academy of Recreational Therapist (NART), Distsinguished Fellow, 12/2010 - present
  • American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA), Past President-Member, 09/1982 - present
  • Utah Recreation Therapy Association (URTA), Past President-Member, 01/1974 - present


  • English, fluent.