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Steve Henle, PhD

Senior Lecturer and Internship Coordinator, Applied Human Sciences

Steve Henle, PhD
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5607

Dr. Henle has been a full-time faculty member in Applied Human Sciences at Concordia since September, 2004. Upon completion of his doctoral studies at New York University, Dr. Henle became the executive director of Adopt-A-Playground Corp, a New York non-profit, dedicated to children’s safety in public playgrounds. This career was a natural extension of Dr. Henle’s dissertation research about children’s playground-related injuries. Central to his teaching and research, Dr. Henle is concerned with transmitting accurate information that is applicable to improve human happiness through leisure and recreation opportunities. Andragogy and experiential learning form a focal point for learning. Dr. Henle received an award for innovative teaching and student retention from Concordia’s Centre for Teaching and Learning Services.


Ph.D. Leisure Services and Resource Management, New York University
M.A. Leisure Studies & Recreation, New York University
B.A. Leisure Studies, Concordia University

Research interests

Leisure and recreation injury epidemiology
The role of play in leisure for Canadians
Play behavior in public recreation
Experiential learning

Teaching activities


AHSC 260 
Program Planning, Design & Evaluation
AHSC 350 
Leisure Education
AHSC 360 
Play, Adult Learning & Development
AHSC 361 Leadership in Leisure Services
AHSC 371 
Community Recreation Planning
AHSC 437   Internship in Leisure Studies


Recent publications

Henle, S. (2007). Leisure and play. In McCarville, R.E. & MacKay, K. J. (Eds.), Leisure for Canadians. (Chapter2). State College, PA: Venture Publishing Inc.

Henle, S. (2006). Experiential learning: Montreal a tourism snapshot. Informed Leisure Practice, Vol. 2. 4-12.

Henle, S. (2005). Moving playground safety to the next level. Today’s Playground. 5, 12-15.

Participation activities

Recent conference presentations

Henle, S. & Bentley, J. (2007). Experiential Learning through Play. Paper presented at The Spirit of Inquiry Conference, Montreal, QC

Henle, S. (2006, November). Exploring the Benefits of Play within Playgrounds. Paper presented at the Association of Physical Educators of Quebec, Montreal, QC

Henle, S. & Swedburg, R. (2006, April). Modifying Sports for Older Adults: Old Timer’s Hockey. Paper presented at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, Salt Lake City, UT

Hetch, T., Boies, K & Henle, S. (2005, October). Wellness Striking the Right Balance. Paper

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