Nancy E. Richeson is a recreational therapist and gerontologist with 38 years of professional experience. She is a professor emeritus from the University of Southern Maine and is currently the Director of Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Wisconsin– La Crosse.

She is the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Recreational Therapy (AJRT) and a fellow, distiquished in recreational therapy with the National Association of Recreational Therapy (NART). She has a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska in Gerontology, a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and has been a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist since 1982.

She has served on the board of directors for the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) and the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). Dr. Richeson was also the Older Adult Section leader for ATRA for many years.

She has had numerous publications and presentations in the field of recreational therapy and gerontology.