Curriculum Vitae

STEVEN A. BELL, PhD portrait
  • Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Parks, Recreation & Tourism
  • Assistant Professor (Lecturer) , Occupational & Recreational Therapies
  • Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Occupational & Recreational Therapies



  • Doctor of Philosophy, Parks, Recreation and Tourism (Therapeutic Recreation), UNIVERSITY OF UTAH. Project: Effect of Challenge Initiative and Facilitator Ethnic Similarity on Intent to Explore Ethnic Identity Among Adolescents Who Are Ethnic Minorities
  • Master of Science, MS, University Of Utah
  • Bachelor of Science, BS, Weber State University

Honors & Awards

  • Teaching appreciation, dedication and service to the students of the PRT Department. Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, 04/08/2016
  • The outstanding Recreational Therapy Program for the State of Utah. Utah Recreational Therapy Association, 03/24/2016
  • Distinguished Service Award: Lifetime commitment to the profession of Recreational Therapy. Utah Recreation Therapy Association, 04/2007


Steven A. Bell, PhD, TRS, CTRS

Faculty Position
Assistant Professor (Lecturer) TR
Coordinator, Cooperative Education I & II, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, University of Utah

Academic Preparation:
PhD 2006
Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
University of Utah

MS 1992
Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
Area of study: Therapeutic Recreation
University of Utah

BS 1983
Area of study: Physical Education/Health
Weber State University

License: Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (TRS) (State of Utah)

Certification: Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification


College of Health Diversity Committee (Committee Member 2016 - present)

Office of Health, Equity and Inclusion, Health Sciences (Committee Member 2016 - present)

Office of Equity and Diversity, Black Advisory Council (Committee Member 2015 -  present)

Black Faculty and Staff Association (Co-Chair & Chair 2016 - present)

University of Utah Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee (Youth Leadership Awards, Chair), 2010 - present

Reverend France A. Davis Scholarship Board, Scholarship Selection Committee (2009 - present)

Reverend France A. Davis Scholarship Board, Scholarship Program Coordinator (2011 - present)

Preparation of Personnel to Serve Children with High and Low-Incidence Disabilities. Exercise and Sports Science
Board Member, 2006 - present

National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) National Congress Planning Committee
Board Member, 1997



  • American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA), Member at Large, 07/01/2001 - present
  • Utah Recreation Therapy Association (URTA), Member at Large, 05/24/1991 - present


  • English, fluent.