Peg Connolly

School of Health Sciences
Associate Professor; Clinical Coordinator of Recreational Therapy

Peg Connolly

Office Address: 302 HHS Building
Phone: 828-227-2481


  • Ph.D., 1981, University of Illinois
  • CTRS - Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, National council for Therapeutic Recreation
  • LRT - Licensed Recreational Therapist, North Carolina Board for Recreational Therapy Licensure

About Peg Connolly:

Peg Connolly is has been an Associate Professor in the Recreational Therapy Program at Western Carolina University since 2005. Previous to this position, Connolly was the Executive Director of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) 1986 to 2002.

Connolly began her career in Therapeutic Recreation in 1974 working in general hospitals for the National Red Cross. Her education includes doctoral and masters degrees from the University of Illinois with majors in therapeutic recreation and leisure studies. Her bachelors degree is in Psychology and Sociology from Southeast Missouri State University.

Connolly has over twenty-five years of  professional leadership activities to her credit. She served on the National Therapeutic Recreation Society Board of Directors from 1980 to 1983 and in 1984 she was elected the Founding President of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association. She has chaired and worked on a variety of professional service committees and received Distinguished Service awards from the American Therapeutic Recreation Association and the New York State Therapeutic Recreation Association.

Dr. Connolly is a well-respected speaker and has delivered over 200 speeches, lectures and workshops since 1974. Her areas of research interest include program accountability and evaluation and professionalization of the field of therapeutic recreation. She has published several articles and chapters in books.


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