Roger Mannell is a psychologist and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo, and an adjunct professor of Leisure Studies. He served as chair of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, and director of the RBC/University of Waterloo Retirement Research Centre.
Dr. Mannell is interested in the social psychological factors that influence leisure and lifestyle choices and in turn how these choices affect mental and physical health. These interests have led him to study work-leisure relationships, successful aging and retirement, adolescent media use, and the role of leisure in coping with stress.
His research has been funded by the Canadian Population Health Initiative, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Change Foundation. Dr. Mannell is also a past president of The Academy of Leisure Sciences and received the Allan V. Sapora Research Award and the National Recreation and Park Association’s Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Recreation and Park Research.
His leisure interests include reading, photography, kayaking, house renovations, and sharing these interests with his wife, children, and grandchildren.