Shen, Xiangyou (Sharon)
Shen, Xiangyou (Sharon)
Visiting Assistant Professor
Forest Ecosystems & Society
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
- Sustainable Recreation and Tourism
- Social Science, Policy and Natural Resources
- Human Dimensions
- Outdoor Recreation
Psychometrics, Cross-cultural Studies
I am a social scientist with a background in social psychology of leisure and applied statistics. My research includes two lines of work linked by a common thread of leisure and health: (a) the assessment and activation of play and playfulness and their impact on human functions (e.g., adaptability and creativity), and (b) leisure as a context and mechanism for achieving wellness and fulfillment. In my research, I employ mixed methods (surveys, interviews, focus groups, experiments, etc.), psychometrics, statistical modeling, indigenous and cross-cultural research methods to understand environmental and social-cultural conditions as well as personal factors key to human health and wellbeing. Current projects focus on integrated studies of leisure and environment on physical and mental health, and the mechanisms to cultivate active lifestyles across the lifespan. When I am not working, I enjoying reading, exploring my surroundings (while jogging), and hiking in the woods.
Graduate Major Advisor
External (non-CoF) Graduate Students:
- Leland Masek (Ph.D. student, Game Studies, Tampere University, Finland, 2020 - Present)
- Kelly Hoke (Ph. D student, Environmental Studies, Oregon State University, 2021 – Present)
- TRAL 251Recreation Resource Management
- NR 201Managing Natural Resources for the Future
- FES 202Software tools in quantitative social science research
- FES 505Nature and Human Health (Reading and Conference)
- Shen, X., Liu, H., & Song, R. (2021). Toward a culture-sensitive approach to playfulness research: Development of Adult Playfulness Trait Scale-Chinese version and an alternative measurement model. Journal of Leisure Research.
- Shen, X. (2020). Constructing an interactionist framework for playfulness research: Adding psychological situations and playful states. Journal of Leisure Research, 51 (5), 536-558. DOI: 10.1080/00222216.2020.1748551
- Shen, X., & Yarnal, C. (2010). Blowing open the serious leisure-casual leisure dichotomy: What’s in there? Leisure Sciences, 32 (2), 162-179.
- Godbey, G., Crawford, D., & Shen, X. (2010). Assessing the constraints theory after two decades. Journal of Leisure Research, 42 (1), 111-134.