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Laura Covert-Miller


Dr. Laura Covert-Miller is a recreation and therapeutic recreation professor. Prior to joining the Health, Human Performance, and Recreation Department at PSU, Dr. Covert-Miller spent five and a half years living in Omaha, NE. While in Omaha, she worked as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and wellness coordinator at various wellness centers and retirement communities specializing in older adults and special populations. 

Dr. Covert-Miller holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation with an emphasis in Recreation Therapy and Corporate Recreation and Wellness, a Master of Science Degree in Recreation with an emphasis in Recreation Therapy from Northwest Missouri State University and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Gerontology from University of Nebraska Omaha. 

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


  • Advise Undergraduate Recreation Students
  • Instructs Recreation Courses
  • Therapeutic Recreation Club Sponsor

Courses Taught

  • Adult Development and Health
  • Recreation Methods and Leadership
  • Survey of Research Techniques in Recreation
  • Interventions in Therapeutic Recreation
  • Assessment and Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation
  • Theory of Therapeutic Recreation Program Service and Development
  • Trends and Issues in Therapeutic Recreation
  • Recreation Program Design and Leadership
  • Recreation Internship

Research Interests

  • Physical activity in older adults
  • Healthy lifestyles of older adults

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Laura Covert-Miller
Dr. Laura Covert-Miller
Professor/Master Advisor

Phone: (620) 235-4670

Office: 102A Student Recreation Center

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