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Laura Covert

Dr. Laura Covert

Assistant Professor

Health, Human Performance & Recreation

102 Student Recreation Center 620.235.4670



Laura Covert is a recreation and therapeutic recreation instructor.  Prior to joining the Health, Human Performance, and Recreation Department at PSU, Ms. 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.  In addition to working, Ms. Covert also began pursing her Ph.D. in Gerontology through University of Nebraska Omaha. 

Ms. Covert holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation with an emphasis in Recreation Therapy and Corporate Recreation and Wellness and a Master of Science Degree in Recreation with an emphasis in Recreation Therapy from Northwest Missouri State University.


  • 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

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