Linda L. Caldwell is a professor of recreation and park management in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Penn State University. Caldwell received her PhD at the University of Maryland.
Her research interests center on the intersection of youth, leisure, and health, both domestically and internationally, primarily on developing youth competencies and healthy lifestyles and reducing risky behavior in leisure.
She is the author of a new school-based curriculum, TimeWise: Taking Charge of Free Time (ETR Associates). She has also coauthored HealthWise South Africa: Life Skills for Young Adults, which is being evaluated in Cape Town, South Africa.
Caldwell has been an associate editor for a number of journals, including the Journal of Leisure Research and the Therapeutic Recreation Journal.
She was also a guest coeditor of a special issue of children and adolescent’s leisure for World Leisure Journal (2003).
She sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Leisure Studies and is secretary of the Children and Youth working group of the World Leisure and Recreation Association.
Caldwell loves traveling, gardening, cooking, photography, being in nature (especially scuba diving and camping), and spending time with her husband and cats.