Meet Dr. Em Adams, assistant professor in PRTM’s recreational therapy concentration

February 7, 2022


Meet Dr. Em Adams, assistant professor in parks, recreation and tourism management’s recreational therapy concentration!  

Em received her doctorate from Clemson University in parks, recreation and tourism management with a cognate area of recreational therapy and a certificate in clinical and translational science. After completing her degree, she spent several years as an assistant professor at Lehman College in Bronx, New York before rejoining the Clemson PRTM family last year.

Let’s get to know her!

Q: What courses do you teach in PRTM’s recreational therapy concentration?

A: I teach Assessment in Recreational Therapy (PRTM 3240) and Advanced Facilitation Techniques (PRTM 8720).

Q: What are you research interests? 

A: My research focuses on health equity and building resilience in individuals, families and communities who have experienced violence and trauma. I’m also passionate about reducing barriers to treatment for mental health and finding ways to reduce burnout and vicarious trauma among healthcare workers.

Q: Outside of work, what are your hobbies? 

A: I love music and any type of water activity.

Q: What words of advice would you share with undergraduate or graduate students in PRTM? 

A: Don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself and make sure you’re taking time for self-care. Keep open lines of communication with your professors and ask for help as needed.

Em was recently named a fellow for the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Diversity Institute for Emerging Leaders. This institute was designed to assist early-career scholars in fostering a deep understanding and application of the principles of diversity and inclusion in both their research and mentoring.