Shen, Xiangyou (Sharon)

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Visiting Assistant Professor
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Office Location: 

212 Richardson Hall

Ph.D., Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, 2010
M.S., Tourism Management, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China, 1999
B.S., Civil Engineering and Architecture, Central South University, Changsha, China, 1996
Research Areas: 
  • Sustainable Recreation and Tourism
  • Social Science, Policy and Natural Resources
Research Interests: 
  • Human Dimensions
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Tourism
Psychometrics, Cross-cultural Studies
I am a social scientist with broad training in recreation, park and tourism management, social psychology, and applied statistics. My substantive research focuses on leisure, play, and health, but also spans a diverse range of subject areas, including human dimensions, psychometrics, digital data, and cross-cultural studies. Current projects focus on human-environment interactions at the nexus of leisure, health, and nature, and the mechanisms to cultivate active lifestyles in natural and community settings. When I am not working, I enjoying reading, jogging, gardening, and hiking in the woods.


Graduate Major Advisor
External (non-CoF) Graduate Students: 
  • Leland Masek (Ph.D., Game Studies, Tampere University, Finland, 2020 - Present)
Courses Taught: 
  • TRAL 251
    Recreation Resource Management
  • NR 201
    Managing Natural Resources for the Future
  • FES 202
    Software tools in quantitative social science research
Selected Publications: 
  1. Shen, X. (2020). Constructing an interactionist framework for playfulness research: Adding psychological situations and playful states. Journal of Leisure Research. DOI: 10.1080/00222216.2020.1748551
  2. Shen, X., Hu, T., Pan, B., Chen, K., Qiao, L., & Zhu, J. (2020). Beyond self-selection: The multi-layered online review biases at the intersection of users, platforms and culture. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights.
  3. Shen, X., Chick, G., & Pitas, N. (2017). From playful parents to adaptable children: A structural equation model of the relationships between playfulness and adaptability among young adults and their parents. International Journal of Play. 6(3), 244-254. DOI: 10.1080/21594937.2017.1382983