Roger C. Mannell

Roger C. Mannell
Year Elected ALS Fellow: 
Highest Degree: 
Ph.D., University of Windsor, 1977
Current Position: 
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo

Roger Mannell is a psychologist and retired in 2013 from the University of Waterloo where he served as a professor of leisure and health studies and gerontology.

Before joining the University of Waterloo, he was Director of the Center of Leisure Studies and taught courses in the Departments of Psychology and Recreation at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Over the course of his career at the University of Waterloo, Roger was Director of the Leisure Studies Data Bank, Chair of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.

At the time of his retirement, he was the founding Director of the University of Waterloo-Royal Bank of Canada Retirement Research Centre.

Throughout his career, Roger has focused on the social psychological study of leisure and his research has been funded by the Canadian Population Health Initiative, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Change Foundation.

In particular, he has been interested in social and psychological factors that influence leisure and lifestyle choices and in turn how these choices affect mental and physical health.

These interests led him to study social situational and personality influences on leisure choices, work-leisure relationships, successful aging and retirement, adolescent media use and well-being, and the role of leisure in coping with stress.

Roger has regularly reported this work in journal articles and book chapters and co-authored the 1997 book A Social Psychology of Leisure (with Douglas Kleiber) and its second edition published in 2011 (with Doug Kleiber and Gord Walker).

He also has served on the editorial review boards of numerous leading journals. Roger is past President of the Academy of Leisure Sciences (2004-2005), and a recipient of the Allen V. Sapora Research Award (1989) and the National Parks and Recreation Association's Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Research Excellence Award (1991).

In 2016, Roger was named Distinguished Professor Emeritus by the University of Waterloo Senate.

Expertise: leisure, health and well-being; successful aging and retirement; work-leisure relationships, leisure and stress coping; play, creativity and child development