The mission of the Parks and Green Space Work Group is to build a multi-disciplinary network of researchers and practitioners from academia, non-profit organizations, government, and the private sector to: 1) Increase the amount and quality of research and evaluation in the area of parks and recreation policy, physical activity, and health; and 2) Support and facilitate the development and implementation of evidence-informed policies and practices related to parks and green space.
Dr. Schultz holds a PhD in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from NC State University, where her research focused on integrating nature-based physical activity prescriptions into clinical care settings, making use of community recreation resources. Her Master of Science in Parks, Recreation and Tourism is from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where Dr. Schultz was instrumental in fostering communication between communities of color and city officials in regards to proposed public park renovations; she also holds a Bachelor of Science from the same department. In addition to her health research and public policy experiences, Dr. Schultz’s early career was grounded in recreation services. She combines these hands-on experiences with her academic studies to inform her real-world research and programmatic protocols. Dr. Schultz currently serves as the Research Fellow for Park Rx America, is a SHIFT Emerging Leader (’19), sits on the advisory council for the SHIFT Emerging Leaders Program, and is Adjunct Faculty for the University of Missouri.