Deborah L. Kerstetter

Deborah L. Kerstetter
Year Elected ALS Fellow: 
Highest Degree: 
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1990
Current Position: 
Professor Emeritus, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, The Pennsylvania State University
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Dr. Deborah Kerstetter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation Administration from California State University at Chico and masters and doctoral degrees from The Pennsylvania State University.

Prior to being a professor Deb worked in a variety of private and public recreation settings.

Her principal research interests are in the areas of tourism marketing, particularly decision making behavior, and health benefits of tourism for individuals and residents.

She has published more than 100 articles in scholarly journals, including, but not limited to, the Journal of Travel Research, Annals of Tourism Research, the Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Tourism Analysis, Tourism Management, the Journal of Leisure Research, Leisure Sciences, and the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, and has been invited to co-author multiple book chapters.

Deb has served on a number of editorial boards including the Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Analysis, Leisure Sciences, Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, Event Management, and Anatolia.

She has also been Co-Chair of the Leisure Research Symposium (2003-2005), Member of the Society for Recreation and Park Educators (SPRE) Board (2002-2005), and Chair of the Northeast Recreation Research Symposium (2000).

Deb has been recognized for her teaching and mentoring through receipt of national awards such as the SPRE Teaching Award and university awards such as the Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award and the Evelyn Saubel Award.