JIM SIBTHORP, PhD portrait
  • Professor, Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Research Summary

My research involves youth in recreation settings including outdoor expeditions, summer programs, and camps. I've been involved in measurement projects, interventions, and research on transfer and mechanisms of change. Current projects focus on family use of summertime and how character development is targeted in outdoor education, specifically within Outward Bound. Much of my research has been collaborative projects with the National Outdoor Leadership School and the American Camp Association.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Human Performance , Indiana University Bloomington
  • Master of Business Administration, Business, East Carolina University
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor


I am a Professor at the University of Utah in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism.  I primarily teach courses in outdoor recreation, experiential education, youth development, and research design and analysis. Our lab group studies the impacts of outdoor education and recreation on youth and emerging adults.