Gretchen Snethen, Ph.D., CTRS

Dr. Gretchen Snethen is the assistant director for the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities and an assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. Dr. Snethen obtained her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Kansas, her master’s degree in recreational therapy administration from East Carolina University, and her Ph.D. in leisure behavior from Indiana University. Dr. Snethen has professional experience working as a recreational therapist in both child and adult mental health settings.
Her research interests focus on understanding the relationship between environmental factors and physical activity as well as using community-based recreation and leisure activities to improve the health and quality of life of individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Dr. Snethen is an Investigator of the Collaborative’s (1) Supported leisure and recreation for an active life: An RCT and (2) Welcoming spaces: Characteristics of enabling environments research projects. Other funded research includes a Field Initiated project funded by NIDRR entitled “Increasing community participation in adults with schizophrenia” and a Temple University, College of Health Professions and Social Work Dean’s Incentive grant entitled “Development and feasibility of an internet obesity prevention and weight reduction intervention for individuals with psychiatric disabilities.”

Selected Publications:

  1. McCormick, B. P., Snethen, G., Smith, R. L., & Lysaker, P. H. (2012). Active leisure in the emotional experience of people with schizophrenia. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 46(3), 179-190.
  2. McCormick, B. P., Snethen, G., & Lysaker, P. (2012) Emotional episodes in the everyday lives of people with schizophrenia: The role of intrinsic motivation and negative symptoms. Schizophrenia Research, 142(1-3), 46-51.
  3. Snethen, G., McCormick, B. P., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2012). Community involvement, planning, and coping skills: Pilot outcomes of an individualized placement and support intervention for adults with schizophrenia. Disability and Rehabilitation, 34(18), 1575-1584.
  4. Lysaker, P. H., McCormick, B. P., Snethen, G., Buck, K. D., Hamm, J. A., Grant, M., et al., (2011). Metacognition and social function in schizophrenia: Associations of mastery with functional skills competence. Schizophrenia Research, 131, 214-218.
  5. Snethen, G., McCormick, B. P., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2011). Independence through community access and navigation (I-CAN) in adults with schizophrenia spectrum disorders: Theoretical & practical foundations [Part I]. American Journal of Recreational Therapy, 10(1), 25-34.
  6. Snethen, G., McCormick, B. P., Smith, R. L., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2011). Independence through community access and navigation (I-CAN) in adults with schizophrenia spectrum disorders: Treatment planning & implementation [Part II]. American Journal of Recreational Therapy, 10(1), 35-46.
  7. Snethen, G. (2010). Preventing female gang involvement: Development of the Joint-Interest Core and Balance Model of Mother/Daughter Leisure Functioning. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 15, 42-48.  
  8. Snethen, G., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2008). Girls and physical aggression: Causes, trends, and intervention guided by Social Learning Theory. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 13(5), 346-354.
  9. Skalko, T. K., Williams, R., Snethen, G., & Cooper, N. (2008). ECU Horizons Day Treatment Program: A case study of collaboration between community mental health providers and an academic recreational therapy program. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 42(2), 132-142.