Dr. Mahon's research interests relate to understanding the relationship between people with a disability, leisure and quality of life. His primary work in this area has dealt with the influence of leisure education on the quality of life of people with disabilities. He has developed and tested a number of leisure education interventions as a part of this work. More recently Dr. Mahon has engaged in participatory action research designed to understand and positively influence the lives of older adults with intellectual disabilities through leisure-based later life planning. Most recently Mike has conducted qualitative research in south Asia focused on children's play and international development. Dr. Mahon is a past Editor of Therapeutic Recreation Journal and formerly an associate editor of Leisure: The Journal of the Canadian Association of Leisure Studies. He has co-authored a text with Dr. Charles C. Bullock entitled Introduction to Recreation Services for People with Disabilities: A Person Centred Approach that is in its third edition. He is presently working on two other books focused on disability, quality of life and leisure education. Dr. Mahon is Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta. He was previously at the University of Manitoba where he served as the Director of the Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute.
Prior to assuming his present position as Professor and President and Vice Chancellor at the University of Lethbridge, Mike was Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta for ten years. Previous to his time at the University of Alberta, he was a professor at the University of Manitoba where he also served as the Director of the Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute.