UIUC Faculty

Monika Stodolska, Director

Monika Stodolska

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217-244-5644

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Monika Stodolska, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at the University of Illinois. Professor Stodolska's research focuses on the roles of leisure, recreation, and sport in improving health and well-being among ethnic and racial minorities. Her studies have explored the development of ethnic identities among Latinos and African Americans, as well as cultural change and adaptation among immigrant populations. Other subjects that are prominent in her research include constraints on leisure, ethnic and racial discrimination in leisure settings, recreation behavior of minority populations in urban natural environments, physical activity among minority groups, and the roles of new technologies in leisure. Dr. Stodolska’s research has been funded by the USDA Forest Service, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Recreation and Park Association, and The National Research Foundation of Korea. She has co-edited books on Race, Ethnicity and Leisure with Drs. Shinew, Floyd and Walker and Leisure Matters: The State and Future of Leisure Studies with Drs. Walker and Scott. Her research has also been published in Journal of Leisure Research, Leisure Sciences, Leisure/Loisir, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies and other outlets.

Kimberly J. Shinew

Kimberly J. Shinew

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217-333-5201

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Research and Professional Interests

Kimberly Shinew, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism. Her research focuses on the interrelated effects of race, ethnicity, social class, and gender on recreation and sport preferences and behaviors; the impacts of constraints, discrimination and other factors on access to recreation and sport services and activities; the roles of recreation and sport spaces and activities in facilitating interaction among diverse groups; and the roles of recreation and sport in encouraging physical activity and active living. Dr. Shinew’s research has been funded by the USDA Forest Service, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Recreation and Park Association, and the Illinois Association of Park Districts. Her research has been published in the Journal of Leisure Research, Leisure Sciences, Sex Roles, Journal of Physical Activity & Health, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, Preventive Medicine, Journal of Amateur Sport, American Journal of Health Promotion and other outlets. Dr. Shinew served as the Editor of the Journal of Leisure Research for six years. This past spring Dr. Shinew received the College of Applied Health Sciences “Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring” award. She is consistently listed by students to the “Incomplete List of Teachers Rated as Excellent.” She currently serves as the Undergraduate Director of the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism.

Liza Berdychevsky

Liza Berdychevsky

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217-244-2971

Curriculum Vitae

Research and Professional Interests

Liza Berdychevsky, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research revolves at the nexus of sexual health and wellbeing in leisure and tourism contexts, adopting a gender-sensitive and a life course-grounded approach. Specifically, Dr. Berdychevsky examines two interrelated aspects of health and risk behaviors. First, she investigates sexual behavior, risk taking, and sexual education needs among young and older adults in various leisure and tourism contexts. Second, Dr. Berdychevsky studies people’s experiences of violence-related behaviors and other delinquent leisure practices. She uses a variety of methodologies in her projects, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. Overall, Dr. Berdychevsky’s research contributes to a deeper understanding of the issues associated with sexual health and violence and offers directions for health education programs and prevention and intervention methods. She published in several leading academic leisure, tourism, sexuality, and gerontology journals and presented her work at numerous national and international congresses. She serves as a consulting editor in The Journal of Sex Research, an associate editor in Leisure Sciences, and an editorial advisory board member in the Annals of Leisure Research. Her research has garnered substantial media attention in various global and regional news outlets and popular magazines.