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Debbie Rhea

Associate Dean for Health Sciences & Research and Director of Let's Inspire Innovation 'N Kids (LiiNK) Center

Bass 2102

d.rhea@tcu.edu | 817-257-6861

Education

Ed.D in Physical Education (emphases Sport Psychology & Pedagogy), University of Houston
M.Ed. Physical Education (emphases Sport Psychology & Pedagogy), University of Houston
B.A. in Exercise & Sport Studies, University of Texas - Arlington

Courses Taught

Physical Education for Elementary School Children
Health & Stress Management

Bauml, M., Patton, M., & Rhea, D.J. (2019, accepted). Making Time for More Recess in the U.S.A: Qualitative Study of How Increasing Recess Time Affects Students and Teachers; Journal of Research in Childhood Education.

 Rhea, D.J., & Bauml, M. (2018). An Innovative Whole Child Approach to Learning: The LiiNK Project®. Childhood Education, 94:2, 56-63, DOI: 10.1080/00094056.2018.1451691

 Rhea, D.J., & Rivchun, A.P. (Feb, 2018). The LiiNK Project®: Effects of Multiple Recesses and Character Curriculum on Classroom Behaviors and Listening Skills in Grades K-2 Children. Frontiers in Education, 3:9. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2018.000

Lund, E., Brimo, D., Rhea, D., & Rivchun, A. (2017). The effect of multiple recesses on listening effort: A preliminary study. Journal of Pediatric, Educational, & Rehabilitative Audiology, 23, 1-7.

Clark, L., & Rhea, D. (May, 2017). The LiiNK Project®: Comparisons of Recess, Physical Activity, and Positive Emotional States in Grade K–2 Children. International Journal of Child Health & Nutrition, 6, 54-61https://doi.org/10.6000/1929-4247.2017.06.02.1

Rhea, D.J., Rivchun, A., & Pennings, J. (2016). The LiiNK Project: Recess and Character Development Intervention Pilot in Elementary Schools. Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance Journal, 84(2), 14-18.

Rhea, D.J. (2019). Wrong Turns, Right Moves in Education. Archway Publishing.

 Rhea, D.J., Rivchun, A., & Clark, L. (October, 2018). LiiNK Project: Case Study. Chapter. Instructional Leadership in the Content Areas: Case Studies for Curriculum and Instruction. Routledge/University Council for Educational Administration.

Rhea, D.J. (2018). High School Physical Education: Personal Foundations. TX: Finer Freelance Publishers. 3rd edition.

Rhea, D.J. (2017). High School Physical Education: Outdoor Education. TX: Finer Freelance Publishers. 3rd edition.

Rhea, D.J. (2017). High School Physical Education: Cardio. TX: Finer Freelance Publishers. 3rd edition.

Rhea, D.J. (2017). High School Physical Education: Team Sports. TX: Finer Freelance Publishers. 3rd edition.

Rhea, D.J. (2017). High School Physical Education: Individual/Dual Sports. TX: Finer Freelance Publishers. 3rd edition.

Rhea, D.J. (2017). Middle School Physical Education: Curriculum Framework 8. TX: Finer Freelance Publishers. 3rd edition.

Rhea, D.J., Clark, L., & Farbo, D. (April, 2019).  The impact of play on overweight children in elementary schools. U.S. Play Coalition. Clemson, South Carolina.

Rhea, D.J., Farbo, D. & Clark, L. (April, 2019).  Children learning the value of play for life. U.S. Play Coalition. Clemson, South Carolina.

Rivchun, A., Farbo, D., & Rhea, D.J. (April, 2019). The effects of unstructured play on listening efforts in elementary school children. U.S. Play Coalition. Clemson, South Carolina.

Bauml, M., Patton, M., & Rhea, D.J. (April, 2019). The LiiNK Project: How U.S. Teachers are Making Time for More Recess in an Age of Assessment and Accountability. European Teacher Education Network Conference (ETEN). Barcelona, Spain.

Rhea, D. J. (April, 2019). Being playful teachers – changing the mindset.  European Teacher Education Network Conference (ETEN). Barcelona, Spain.

Rhea, D.J., Bauml, M., Patton, M., & Tolbert, M. (June, 2018). What’s the big deal about Finland? How recess and character education are making a difference in the U.S. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Conference. Austin, TX.

School district awards. LiiNK training & program research. 2019-2020. $234,550.00.

Ella C. McFadden Service to Youth Award, Camp Fire First Texas, 2019.

Sid Richardson Foundation. LiiNK Expansion Planning Grant. 2018-2019. $50,000.00.

School district awards, LiiNK Training & Program Research. 2018-2019. $301,900.00.

Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar, TCU Chancellor’s Award Recipient, 2018.

Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar, HCNHS Chancellor’s Award Nominee, 2018.

Paul E. Andrews Foundation. LiiNK Project®: Let’s inspire innovation ‘N Kids. 2018-2021. $210,000.00.

Society of Health and Physical Education Conference (Shape America) used to be American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance 1980-present

Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Conference (TAHPERD) 1980-present

Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) 2015-2018

American School Health Association Conference (ASHA) 2016-present

American Educational Research Association Conference (AERA)  2017-present

U.S. Play Coalition Conference 2013-present

President, Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (TAHPERD), 2013- 2016.

Chair, Shape America Steering Committee: Write a position statement about recess for the country. 2014-2015.

Chair, Shape America – Southern District Scholar Committee, 2015-2020.

University Physical Activity Steering Committee Member, National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), 2011-2015.