Douglas Kleiber is a professor in the Recreation and Leisure Studies Program of the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services at the University of Georgia, where he also holds adjunct appointments in psychology and gerontology.
After undergraduate work in psychology at Cornell University, he completed a PhD in educational psychology at the University of Texas in 1972. He held faculty positions at Cornell University, St. Cloud State University, and the University of Illinois before moving to Georgia in 1989.
At the University of Illinois, he served as director of the Leisure Behavior Research Laboratory from 1982 to 1987, and at UGA, he was the director of the School of Health and Human Performance from 2001 to 2003.
Kleiber is a member and past president and treasurer of The Academy of Leisure Sciences and has received the Allan V. Sapora Award, the National Recreation and Park Association’s Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Recreation and Park Research, and the SPRE Distinguished Colleague Award.
His research is directed primarily to the influence of leisure activity and experience on human development and adjustment across the life span. His current leisure interests include hiking and trail maintenance, biking, reading, and playing with grandchildren.