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Professor Jasmine Edwards received her Masters of Arts in Therapeutic Recreation (TR) and Recreation Administration Services from New York University. Since 1999, she has proudly been a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).
From 2012 to 2021, Professor Edwards was the Director of Therapeutic Recreation and Volunteer Services at Incarnation Children’s Center, a pediatric skilled nursing facility that served children, teens, and young adults with HIV and AIDS, where she had worked since 2001.
Professor Edwards’ passion for working with clients to maintain their quality of life has led to her passion for becoming an adjunct Assistant Professor at LaGuardia Community College and Lehman College. Professor Edwards is proud to be a part of the educational commitment of LaGuardia Community College and Lehman College to prepare the new wave of TR professionals who will further grow the profession of TR.
To support her commitment to advancing the profession of TR, Professor Edwards is part of the Diversity Committee for American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA). She is also an active member of NYSTRA. She officially joined the board of NYSTRA in June 2019, and continues to serve on the NYSTRA board as a member at large and in any capacity asked of her to assist NYSTRA in their role to service therapeutic recreational professionals.
Currently, Professor Edwards is all-but-dissertation as a doctoral candidate at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she will earn her doctorate in Higher Education. Her research interest is in universal design for learning for all and students with disabilities.