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Anne-Marie Sullivan

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Anne-Marie Sullivan

Assistant professor, recreation
Human Kinetics

Research interests
Recreation, and its potential to bring balance to one's life, has always been of interest to Ms. Sullivan. She has studied the impact of recreation on the lives of various societal factions, and is currently focusing her PhD research efforts on the gambling habits of young people. Recognizing how deeply entrenched gambling is in post-secondary culture, her research strives to locate the point on the continuum where youth shift from leisure gambling to addiction. Ms. Sullivan is studying identity challenges associated with such high-risk behavior, aiming to capture the perspective of her subjects on their recreational habits.

Experience
Ms. Sullivan has dedicated much of her research to understanding the role of recreation in people's lives. During her MA, she conducted action research with a group of Alzheimer's patients and their families, examining the impact of recreation on their quality of life, as they viewed it to be. A grant from the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Center during her PhD also enabled her to study the effects of gambling on identity formation in young adults. In addition, she has worked in both the United States and Canada as a recreation therapist, teaching for a period of three years at Brock University.

Background
A native of Newfoundland and Labrador, Ms. Sullivan worked in Jasper National Park as a young adult, eventually heading to Dalhousie University in Halifax to pursue her interest in therapeutic recreation. She completed her undergraduate work, going on to work as a recreation therapist in New Mexico and British Columbia for a few years. While in BC, she became increasingly aware of the misconceptions surrounding her field of interest, and felt compelled to pursue graduate work in the hopes of changing such attitudes at the educational level. "Recreation is about providing balance in one's life," she said. "I want students to value their work, and all that they can contribute to people's lives." Ms. Sullivan earned an MA in recreation from the University of Waterloo, followed by the start of her PhD at Guelph in family relations and human development. She has taught courses at Brock University, and, this past winter, accepted a position as assistant professor of recreation in human kinetics at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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