Prof. Dr. Douglas Kleiber
Douglas A. Kleiber, Ph.D., is Professor of Counseling and Human Development Services and adjunt faculty in Psychology and Gerontology at the University of Georgia. He received an A.B in Psychology from Cornell University in 1969 and a Ph.D in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1972. His research on the psychology of leisure has resulted in over 80 articles in refereed journals, as well as 25 chapters and 4 books, including Leisure Experience and Human Development (Basic Books, 1999) and A Social Psycology of Leisure (with Gordon Walker and Roger Mannell, Venture, 2012). His research focus in recently years has been on the appropriation of leisure experience in adjusting to negative life events and other developmental transitions such as retirement. With the support of the Instituto de Estudios de Ocio (IEO) at Deusto University in Bilbao, Spain, he received a Fellowship from the Basque Science Foundation in 2011 to work with members of IEO in a study of leisure experience in later life in the Basque Country. Findings from this study have been reported at the last two World Leisure Congresses, published in World Leisure Journal and are currently under review in another well-regarded leisure studies journal. Kleiber’s past positions have included Director of Leisure Behaviour Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Head of Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Georgia, and Director of the School of Health and Human Performance at UGA. He is a charter member of the Association of Psychological Science, a past president of the Academy of Leisure Sciences and a recent inductee into the World Leisure Academy, having been a general member of WLAR/WLO since 1983. He is a father of two and a grandfather of seven, an avid sports fan and participant, and a section maintainer of the Benton MacCaye trail, running from Georgia into the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina.