Share page: 

Laura Covert

Dr. Laura Covert

Assistant Professor

Health, Human Performance & Recreation

102 Student Recreation Center 620.235.4670



Dr. Laura Covert is a recreation and therapeutic recreation professor.  Prior to joining the Health, Human Performance, and Recreation Department at PSU, Dr. Covert spent five and a half years living in Omaha, NE.  While in Omaha, she worked as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and wellness coordinator at various wellness centers and retirement communities specializing in older adults and special populations. 

Dr. Covert holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation with an emphasis in Recreation Therapy and Corporate Recreation and Wellness, a Master of Science Degree in Recreation with an emphasis in Recreation Therapy from Northwest Missouri State University and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Gerontology from University of Nebraska Omaha. 


  • Advise undergraduate Recreation students

  • Instructs Recreation courses

  • Therapeutic Recreation Club Sponsor

 Courses Taught

  • Adult Development and Health

  • Recreation Methods and Leadership

  • Survey of Research Techniques in Recreation

  • Interventions in Therapeutic Recreation

  • Assessment and Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation

  • Theory of Therapeutic Recreation Program Service and Development

  • Trends and Issues in Therapeutic Recreation

  • Recreation Program Design and Leadership

  • Recreation Internship

 Research Interests

  • Physical activity in older adults

  • Healthy lifestyles of older adults

 Other Links