Call for Papers–Special Issue: Intersection of Technology, Pandemic, Health, and RT/TR

Technology facilitates mobility and portability of relationships, interactions, and operational processes, and will increasingly be a part of high-functioning organizations continuing to drive change in health and human services. The global health issues of 2019-2020 witnessed recreational therapists experiencing a new normal with the virtual environment evident in education, management, research, professional interactions, and practices. 

This call invites therapeutic recreation professionals to consider implications for recreational therapy/therapeutic recreation as a result of the intersection of technology, health, and the pandemic.  

What is the “new normal” among professionals and RT/TR practices? 

What evidence supports our profession as an essential workforce during global emergencies? 

What will the future of RT/TR resemble in research, education, management, and practice?


Possible ideas include but are not limited to:

Applications of virtual reality and augmented technology

Computer-assisted therapy

Connecting through technology

Coping with a new normal in RT/TR

Depression, anxiety, lifestyle among essential workers

Globalization of TR: Global pandemic, health technology, recreational therapy practices

Innovative research, practices, and education during health emergencies

Mobile health

New normal among RT/TR professionals

Online communities and support groups

Pandemic response technologies: remote working

Professional development in a digital age

RT interventions that address loneliness, isolation, depression, anxiety, stress, physical activity

Technology and social inclusion

Technology-based interventions

Telehealth, telemedicine, tell-a-RT/TR professional

Virtual education and experiences during a pandemic

Virtual learning and social isolation

Virtual interprofessional teams

Wearable technology in RT/TR




Submission instructions may be accessed at Manuscripts are submitted electronically, and no fee is associated with consideration or publication. If you have problems submitting your paper online, please use the “contact us” link on the website. TRJ features an online edition as well.

Electronic manuscripts are submitted to as follows:

Step 1: Starting the Submission:

Select Journal Section—Special Issue, select the type of manuscript, complete the acknowledgements

Step 2: Upload Manuscript:

In the system only the manuscript is submitted under Step 2 “Original Manuscript”

Step 3: Enter Metadata: 

In the system under Step 3 “Metadata” provide the manuscript title, key words, abstract, and author bios, acknowledgements, and contact to receive system emails

Step 4: Upload Supplementary Files:

In the system submit Tables, Figures, Photos, objectives and CEU questions, and author responses (without author identification) to editorial requests and revisions under Step 4 “Supplementary File”

Step 5: Confirmation

Confirm your submission, only the contact receives automatic emails generated by the system 


Editorial Policy

The Therapeutic Recreation Journal (TRJ), published by Sagamore-Venture Publishing LLC, is a quarterly publication devoted to publishing scholarly and substantive manuscripts in the field of therapeutic recreation. Professionals, students, and academics both in and outside the profession are encouraged to present original research, practice perspectives, conceptual and theoretical papers, brief reports, and protocols. TRJ follows seventh edition of the APA style manual as the preparation and submission guide with articles undergoing a double-blind review process through editors with expertise appropriate to the particular submission. The review process takes approximately six weeks. The central criteria for publication are that the material is (a) germane to the topic of recreation therapy; (b) theoretically, empirically, or practically based; and (c) substantive in the sense of proposing, discovering, or replicating knowledge in the field of therapeutic recreation. 


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Authors of accepted manuscripts are requested to submit 10 multiple choice questions and three objectives for their respective manuscripts. Readers who elect to participate in the ATRA correspondence program have five years to apply and submit their question responses to ATRA to earn CEUs.


Interested authors should direct questions to the Editor-in-Chief:

Marcia Jean Carter, Re.D., CPRP, CTRS, FDRT, FALS;