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Kelly Ramella

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Associate Clinical Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4020
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Leadership and Innovation
MaryLouFulton Teachers College

Biography: 

Kelly Ramella is an associate clinical professor 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. She shapes the therapeutic recreation curriculum and advances interprofessional education to prepare allied health professionals for rewarding careers, and equips them with the competencies to work collaboratively to impact community well-being.

Through her innovative teaching strategies, and service roles 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. Recognizing the critical role of collaboration to develop inclusive and healthy communities, Kelly initiates and leads creative projects to enhance community-engaged interprofessional education.

Education: 
  • Doctorate of Education Candidate: Leadership and Innovation, Arizona State Unviersity, in progress
  • Graduate Certificate: International Health for Healthcare Professionals, Arizona State University 2012
  • Master of Arts. Health Services Management and Public Administration, Webster University 1995
  • Bachelor of Science. Recreation Management, University of Connecticut 1991
Research Interests: 

Therapeutic recreation/Recreational therapy

Interprofessional education

Community-engagement

Inclusive community development

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).
Research Activity: 

Therapeutic and Inclusive Recreation in Arizona Schools (TIRP). 2019 – current. Funded by the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. First year: $185,000.  Second year: $120,000. Ramella, K. (PI), Ross, A. (Co-PI), Barnard, W. (CI), Ketelhut, J. (CI), and Amato, J. (CI).  The project aims to expand and advance therapeutic and inclusive recreation programming in Arizona schools to foster a sense of belonging and valued involvement among all students.  This will be accomplished by concurrently 1) integrating individualized TIRP programming, enhancing innovative initiatives, and magnifying inclusive practices in two elementary schools, and 2) analyzing current policies and administrative practices across the nation and state of Arizona. Undergraduate and graduate students at ASU are involved in the project providing services at the schools, and assisting with research activities. 

Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PRM 384Recreational Therapy Practicum
PRM 463Senior Internship
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PRM 203Program Planning
PRM 364Foundations of Rec Therapy
PRM 384Recreational Therapy Practicum
PRM 463Senior Internship
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
Presentations: 

Ramella, K. Bright, H., and Gregory, D. (September 16, 2019). Recreational Therapists: Change Leaders

              Advancing Interprofessional Education and Practice” Presentation at the American Therapeutic
              Recreation Association Annual Conference, Reno, Nevada.

 

Ramella, K. (August 20, 2019). Community-Engaged Interprofessional Education. Recreational Therapy:
             Pivotal to learning in community health environments?
Poster presented at Nexus Summit,
             Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

 

Coco, V. & Ramella, K. (April 15, 2019). Connecting around the campfire: Designing an outdoor
              therapeutic program for Children of Incarcerated Parents (CIP
). Presentation at the Children of
              Incarcerated Parent's National Conference, Phoenix, Arizona. 

 

Coco, V. & Ramella, K. (March 15, 2019). Connecting around the campfire: An interprofessional
              community discussion on how to improve outdoor therapeutic programing for Children of
              Incarcerated Parents (CIP).
Workshop facilitated at the SPARKS Conference, Phoenix, Arizona.

 

Anderson, L., Ashton, C., Craig, P., Crawford, T., Hawkins, B., Hutchins, D., Ramella, K., and Richard, A.,
             (September 14, 2018). Examining the Educational Requirements for Entry-Level Practice for
             RT/TR: The Process and Recommendations of the ATRA Higher Education Task Force
. Paper
              presented at the American Therapeutic Recreation Association Annual Conference, Grand
              Rapids, Michigan.  

 

Ramella, K., Bright, H., & Wilder, A. (September 15, 2018). Interprofessional Education in Recreational
              Therapy Curriculum – A Tale of Three Universities.
Presentation at the American Therapeutic
              Recreation Association Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Ramella, K., and Gregory, D. (September 15, 2018). Interprofessional Education and Collaborative
               Practice in Recreational Therapy.
Presentation at the American Therapeutic Recreation
               Association Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan.  

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: 

Chair, SCRD Faculty Associate Committee

Member, SCRD Diversity & Student Success Committee

Member, SCRD Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

Director, Community-Engaged Learning, Student Outreach for Wellness

Advisor, Association of Recreational Therapy at ASU

Member, SCRD Council on Accreditation Committee

Member, Programming Committee, Daring Adventures

Liaison, Arizona State Therapeutic Recreation Association