John Dattilo is a professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management at the Pennsylvania State University where he teaches about inclusive leisure services, leisure philosophy, social-psychology of leisure, and research methods.
The overarching purpose of his research is to examine effects of programs designed to empower individuals who are experiencing leisure constraints so that their lives become more meaningful and enjoyable.
Much of his research examines effects of interventions on the self-determination of people with disabilities, older adults, and other oppressed groups relative to their leisure participation.
John actively interviews and observes people experiencing barriers to their leisure to better understand their interests and needs so that effective services can be developed.
He values working with interdisciplinary teams of researchers, students, and practitioners from many disciplines to collaboratively answer applied research questions addressing social problems.
John and colleagues have written books for practitioners and educators; these include two books on inclusion: Inclusive Leisure Services and Application of Behavior Analysis in Leisure Contexts: An Introductory Learning Manual; two books on leisure education: Leisure Education Program Planning: A Systematic Approach and Leisure Education Specific Programs; and two books on therapeutic recreation: Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation, and Conceptual Foundations for Therapeutic Recreation all distributed by Sagamore Publishing LLC http://www.sagamorepub.com/