Seppo E. Iso-Ahola
Dr. Iso-Ahola received his BS from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, in 1971, an MS from the University of Illinois in 1972, an MS from the University of Jyväskylä in 1973, and the PhD from the University of Illinois in 1976. He was Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Iowa from 1976 to 1981, and Associate Professor (1981 to 1984) and Professor (since 1984) at the University of Maryland. He has published over seventy research articles in various scientific journals in psychology, kinesiology, and leisure studies, and has authored four books dealing with the social psychology of leisure and sports. He was editor of the Journal of Leisure Research between 1983 and 1986 and of Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport between 1994 and 1997. He received the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Recreation and Park Research in 1987, the Charles Brightbill Award in 1988, and the Allen V. Sapora Research Award in 1993.