Dr. Shannon Hebblethwaite leads the Agency in Ageing: Collaborative Creativity and the Digital Arts in Later Life stream of the ACT partnership. Shannon joined Concordia’s Department of Applied Human Sciences in January 2008 after completing her BA and MA in Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo and her PhD in Family Relations from the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on social inclusion and the impact of leisure on well-being in a variety of contexts, including older adults, three-generation families, first-time mothers, and individuals with disabilities. With an interest in qualitative research methods, Shannon has engaged in grounded theory, thematic analysis, narrative inquiry, participatory action research, and photovoice, with an emerging interest in arts-based research and research creation. Her applied research has resulted in interdisciplinary collaborations with political science and communication studies and she has engaged therapeutic recreation practitioners as co-authors on a number of research projects, conference presentations, and research manuscripts. She integrates her research with her teaching in the areas of qualitative research methods, leisure and aging, and therapeutic recreation for individuals with cognitive disabilities. Shannon is a researcher with the Centre de recherche et d’expertise en gérontologie sociale (CREGÉS) and co-leader of the Seniors as Social Actors research axis there. She is Associate Editor of the Therapeutic Recreation Journal, the leading journal in the field of Therapeutic Recreation. Dr. Hebblethwaite also frequently consults with therapeutic recreation practitioners across Canada to strengthen their research and evaluation skills.


  • Hebblethwaite, S. (accepted with revisions). Understanding ambivalence in family leisure among three-generation families: “It’s all part of the package”. Annals of Leisure Research Special Issue: Children, Families and Leisure. Guest Editors Heike Schanzel & Neil Carr.
  • Hebblethwaite, S. (in press). Commentary: The professionalization of therapeutic recreation in Quebec, Canada. World Leisure Journal Special Issue: Global Therapeutic Recreation: Should the United States Therapeutic Recreation Profession and the United States National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) be Replicated in Other Nations? 57(1), Guest Editor: Rodney B. Dieser.
  • Hebblethwaite, S., & Curley, L. (in press). Exploring the role of community recreation in stroke recovery using participatory action research and photovoice. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 49(1).
  • Hebblethwaite, S. (2014). “Grannie’s got to go fishing”: Meanings and experiences of family leisure for three-generation families in rural and urban settings. World Leisure Journal, 56(1), 42-61.
  • Hebblethwaite, S. (2013). “I think that it could work but…”: Tensions between the theory and practice of person-centred and relationship-centred care. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 47(1), 13-34.
  • Hebblethwaite, S., & Curley, L. (2011). Enhancing recreation therapy practice through participatory action research. Therapeutic Recreation Ontario Research Annual, 8, 51-58.
  • Hebblethwaite, S., & Doyle, J. (2011). Social programs for survivors of TBI and stroke: Evaluation of a community-based social recreation program. Therapeutic Recreation Ontario Research Annual, 8, 32-39.
  • Hebblethwaite, S., & Norris, J. E.  (2011).  Expressions of generativity through family leisure: Experiences of grandparents and adult grandchildren.  Family Relations, 60(1), 121-133.
  • Hebblethwaite, S., & Singleton, J. F.  (2011).  Intergenerational programming. In N. J. Stumbo & B. Wardlaw (Eds.), Facilitation of Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation Services (pp.307-316).  State College, PA: Venture.
  • Hebblethwaite, S., & Norris, J. E. (2010).  “You don’t want to hurt his feelings”: Family leisure as a context for intergenerational ambivalence.  Journal of Leisure Research, 42(3), 489- 508.
  • Pratt, M. W., Norris, J. E., Cressman, K., Lawford, H., & Hebblethwaite, S.  (2008).  Parents’ stories of grandparenting concerns in the three-generational family:  Generativity,     optimism and forgiveness.  Journal of Personality, 76(3), 581-604.
  • Pratt, M. W., Norris, J. E., & Hebblethwaite, S., & Arnold, M. L.  (2008).  Intergenerational transmission of values:  Family generativity and adolescents’ narratives of parent and grandparent value teaching.  Journal of Personality, 76(2), 171-198.
  • Norris, J.E, Pratt, M.W. & Hebblethwaite, S.  (2006).  Social cognition.  In J.E. Birren (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Gerontology.  Toronto, ON:  Academic Press.
  • Hebblethwaite, S. & Pedlar, A.  (2005).  Community integration for older adults with mental health issues:  Implications for Therapeutic Recreation.  Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 39(4), 264-276.


  • Hebblethwaite, S. (2014). Understanding ambivalence in family leisure among three-generation  families. Paper presented at the World Leisure Congress, Mobile Bay, Alabama.
  • Hebblethwaite, S. (2014). Re-visioning leisure education using PAR and arts-based methods. Paper presented at the World Leisure Congress, Mobile Bay, Alabama.
  • Hebblethwaite, S., Trussell, D., Paterson, S., Xing, T., & Marple, K. (2014). The politics of leisure     in the transition to motherhood. Paper presented at the 14th Canadian Congress on Leisure Research, Halifax, NS.
  • Hebblethwaite, S. (2013). Moving research forward in recreation therapy. Workshop prepared for the Southwestern Ontario Recreation Therapy Stroke Network Annual Meeting, Woodstock, ON.
  • Hebblethwaite, S. (2013). Collective memory in photographs with stroke survivors. Paper  presented at the Canadian Communication Association Annual Conference, Victoria, BC.
  • Singleton, J. F., Hebblethwaite, S., Trunzo, D., & Stavola, F. (2012). Empowering capacity. Panel presentation for the World Leisure Commission on Access and Inclusion presented at the World Leisure Congress, Rimini, Italy.
  • Hebblethwaite, S., & Curley, L. (2011). Yes I can! Enhancing TR practice and empowering clients through research. Paper presented at the annual meeting of Therapeutic Recreation Ontario, Toronto, ON.
  • Hebblethwaite, S., & Doyle, J. (2011). Taking hold of our future: Evaluating programs for stroke survivors. Paper presented at the annual meeting of Therapeutic Recreation Ontario, Toronto, ON.
  • Hebblethwaite, S., & Curley, L. (2011). I finally feel like I have a voice: Using participatory action research and Photo Voice to empower recreation practitioners. Paper presented at the 13th Canadian Congress on Leisure Research, St. Catharines, ON.
  • Hebblethwaite, S. & Curley, L. (2010). Empowering stroke survivors through action research. Paper presented at the 16th Qualitative Health Research Conference. Vancouver, BC.
  • Hebblethwaite, S.  (2009). Commitment to connections: Exploring the meaning of leisure in grandparent-grandchild relationships. Poster presented at the 19th World Congress of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Paris, France.