The Recreation Management & Therapeutic Recreation Department is honored to host Dr. Won Sop Shin, Visiting Scholar on September 26, 2019.
Dr. Shin is a professor at Chungbuk National University in Korea. He has been conducting research and projects on forest and human health for the past 30 years. His main research interest is psychological benefits from forest and nature experiences. He also served as a Minister of the Korea Forest Service from 2013-2017 and contributed to the expansion of forest therapy programs in Korea as well as the establishment of the National Center for Forest Therapy in Korea. He currently heads the Graduate Department of Forest Therapy at Chungbuk National University, enrolling about 150 students in masters’ and PhD programs.
Dr. Shin will present various initiatives in Korea for forest wellness and human health, including the following topics: 1) outdoor recreation programs in Korea; 2) forest therapy programs and facilities in Korea; 3) research taking place in the Korea Forest Research Institute; 4) Korea National Center for Forest Therapy activities, research, and growth; 5) forest therapy certification process; and, 6) other current forest and well-being topics.
Dr. Shin's visit has been made possible with the support of the Provost Office's Visiting Scholar/Artist of Color grant.