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Kelly Ramella

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Associate Instructional Professional, Program Coordinator
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4020
Associate Instructional Professional, Program Coordinator
Academic Professional, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4020
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Leadership and Innovation
MaryLouFulton Teachers College

Biography

Kelly Ramella is an associate instructional professional serving as the coordinator of the therapeutic recreation program and faculty with the School of Community Resources and Development and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. In her role, she shapes the therapeutic recreation curriculum to effectively prepare qualified recreational therapy professionals. This is accomplished through innovative teaching approaches, multiple educational pathways, interprofessional education experiences and strategic community partnerships. Through her innovative community-engaged initiatives, students are afforded countless opportunities to practice their skills and explore career possibilities. The partnerships she initiates and maintains not only provide students with meaningful learning experiences, but result in the expansion of services to people in our community. Her passion for the value of therapeutic recreation is evident with her relentless dedication to nurturing its growth beyond the university. Recognizing the critical role of collaboration and therapeutic recreation in community health, Kelly leads creative projects related to interprofessional education and vulnerable populations. She has served the profession in leadership positions at the state and national level with the Arizona State Therapeutic Recreation Association, American Therapeutic Recreation Association and the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.

Education
  • Graduate Certificate: International Health for Healthcare Professionals, Arizona State University 2012
  • M.A. Health Services Management and Public Administration, Webster University 1995
  • B.S. Recreation Management, University of Connecticut 1991
Research Interests

Therapeutic recreation/Recreational Therapy

Interprofessional education

Community-engaged teaching and learning

Volunteer administration

Inclusive community development

Inclusive recreation

Global health

Publications
  • Ramella, K., Tennis, B. and Yoshioka, C. Making Leisure Choices Using Enabling Switches. Annual in Therapeutic Recreation (2009).
  • Zahl, M., Greenwood, J., Ramella, K., Sullivan, A., & Wilder, A. (2016). Interprofessional Education and Experiences within Therapeutic Recreation Education. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 50(4).
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
NLM 310Volunteer Management
PRM 310Volunteer Management
PRM 463Senior Internship
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
NLM 310Volunteer Management
PRM 463Senior Internship
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PRM 364Foundations of Rec Therapy
PRM 406Program Dsgn&Admn in RecTherpy
PRM 463Senior Internship
PRM 484Internship
PRM 494Special Topics
CRD 598Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CRD 302Inclusive Community Developmnt
NLM 310Volunteer Management
PRM 364Foundations of Rec Therapy
PRM 463Senior Internship
PRM 484Internship
CRD 595Continuing Registration
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
NLM 310Volunteer Management
PRM 463Senior Internship
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PRM 364Foundations of Rec Therapy
PRM 384Child Life Practicum
PRM 406Program Dsgn&Admn in RecTherpy
PRM 463Senior Internship
PRM 484Internship
PRM 494Special Topics
CRD 598Special Topics
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
NLM 310Volunteer Management
PRM 364Foundations of Rec Therapy
PRM 384Child Life Practicum
PRM 463Senior Internship
PRM 484Internship
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 240-CPSCSProMod
CRD 302Inclusive Community Developmnt
PRM 364Foundations of Rec Therapy
PRM 384Child Life Practicum
PRM 463Senior Internship
PRM 484Internship
CRD 598Special Topics
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
NLM 310Volunteer Management
PRM 364Foundations of Rec Therapy
PRM 384Child Life Practicum
PRM 463Senior Internship
PRM 484Internship
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
NLM 310Volunteer Management
PRM 364Foundations of Rec Therapy
PRM 384Child Life Practicum
PRM 406Program Design & Eval in TR
PRM 463Senior Internship
CRD 591Seminar
CRD 598Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
CRD 302Inclusive Community Developmnt
NLM 310Volunteer Management
PRM 364Foundations of Therapeutic Rec
PRM 384Child Life Practicum
PRM 463Senior Internship
PRM 484Internship
Presentations
  • Kelly Ramella. Using Play to Promote Inclusion. Arizona Parks and Recreation Association Conference and Expo (Aug 2014).
  • Kelly Ramella & Jasmine Clarke-Telfer. Creative Use of Community Engaged Scholoarship. Arizona Summit on Volunteerism and Service Learning (Dec 2013).
  • Kelly Ramella & Beth Dietrich. Developing Competency Based Internships. Therapeutic Recreation In Motion Annual Conference (May 2013).
  • Kelly Ramella. Sustaining our Profession through Continuous Learning - Recertification in Therapeutic Recreation. Arizona State Therapeutic Recreation Association (Apr 2013).
  • Kelly Ramella, Shela Hidalgo & Jasmine Clarke-Telfer. Impactful Service-Learning. Association for Volunteer Administration in Central Arizona (Apr 2013).
  • Kelly Ramella. Developing Competency Based Internships. American Therapeutic Recreation Association (Oct 2012).
  • Kelly Ramella. Design and Plan Student Practicum Experiences. Arizona State Therapeutic Recreation Association (Feb 2012).
Honors / Awards

Educator of the Year Award, 2017

                  Awarded by the College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Outstanding Professional Award, 2015

                  Awarded by the Arizona State Therapeutic Recreation Association

Outstanding Faculty Award for Service, 2008

                  Awarded by the School of Community Resources & Development, Arizona State University

Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching, 2007

Awarded by the School of Community Resources & Development, Arizona State University

Service
  • American Therapeutic Recreation Association, Higher Education Co-Chair (2016 - Present)
  • National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, Hardship Committee Alternate Member (2018- Current)
  • Daring Adventures, Program Committee Member (2016- Current)
  • Arizona State Therapeutic Recreation Student Association, Faculty Advisor (2004 - Present)
  • Arizona State Therapeutic Recreation Association, Student Liaison (2004 - Present)
  • Committee for Campus Inclusion - Downtown Campus, Committee Member (2015 - 2018)
  • National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, Board Member (2013 - 2016)
  • Arizona State Therapeutic Recreation Association, Past President (2006-2007)
  • Arizona State Therapeutic Recreation Association, President (2005-2007)
  • Arizona State Therapeutic Recreation Association, President-Elect (2004-2005)