Begum Aybar Damali, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Dr. Begum Aybar Damali


  • Post-Doctoral Fellow: Clemson University, 2007
  • Ph.D: Park, Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University, 2007
  • MS: Industrial Management, Clemson University, 2002
  • BS: Psychology,Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 1999


  • Foundations of Recreation and Leisure
  • Evaluation
  • Therapeutic Recreation
    • Therapeutic Recreation Services
    • Programming
    • Trends and Issues


  • Leisure behavior, relevance of leisure experience to human development and growth

Research (Selected Publications)

Dye, C., Willoughby, D., Aybar-Damali, B., Grady, C., Oran, R., & Knudson, A. (2018). Improving chronic
disease self-management by older home health patients through community health coaching. "International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health," 15(4), 660-683.

Kleiber, D. & Aybar-Damali, B. Z. (2016). Leisure in the third age: Finding new value in a changing world. In D. A. Kleiber & F. A. McGuire (Eds.), "Leisure and Human Development." Sagamore Publishing, LLC.

Aybar-Damali, B. Z., & McGuire, F. A. (2013). The enabling potential of constraints. "Journal of Leisure Research," 45(2), 136-149.

McGuire, F., Boyd, R., Janke, M., & Aybar-Damali, B. (2013)." Leisure and aging: Ulyssean living in later life." (5th Edition). Sagamore Publishing, LLC.

Dye, C. J., Williams, J. E., Kemper, K. A., McGuire, F. A., & Aybar-Damali, B. (2012). Impacting mediators of change for physical activity among elderly food stamp recipients. "Educational Gerontology," 38, 788-798.

Hammitt, W., Aybar-Damali, B. Z., & McGuire, F. A. (2011). Recreation research design. In E. Sirakaya & M. Uysal (Eds.), "Recreation and tourism research methods." New York, NY: Prentice Hall.

Aybar-Damali, B. Z., Bell, G., Conti, A., & McGuire, F. (2011). Reality Orientation / Validation / Reminiscence. In N. Stumbo, & B. Wardlaw. (Eds.), "Leisure education and facilitation techniques in therapeutic recreation services." State College, PA: Venture Publishing Inc.

Kleiber, D. A., McGuire, F. A., Aybar-Damali, B. Z., & Norman, W. (2008). The paradox of leisure constraints: Having more by doing less in later life. "Journal of Leisure Research," 40(3), 343-359.

Voelkl, J. E., & Aybar-Damali, B. Z. (2007). Aging and the life-span. In T. Robertson & T. Long (Eds.), "Introduction to therapeutic recreation. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.


Supervising Student Research:

RTTR students who are interested in pursuing their own research interests have a chance to design and conduct their own research through independent studies for credit or not-for-credit.

Examples from projects supervised by Dr. Aybar Damali:

  • Sociability of public places
  • Evaluation of community events (e.g., Earth Day)
  • Part-time employee retention and loyalty