Angie Sardina, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS, Assistant Professor

Angela SardinaDr. Angie Sardina earned her Ph.D. in Gerontology from the University of Florida and a graduate degree in the University of North Carolina Greensboro. 

Sardina teaches the following courses: Processes and Techniques in Recreation Therapy, Expressive Arts in Recreation Therapy, Exercise and Movement in Recreation Therapy, and Research and Evaluation Methods in Recreation Therapy.

Dr. Sardina’s research is focused on understanding the physiological (e.g., musculoskeletal pain and comorbidities), psychosocial (e.g., coping, stress, mental health, and life purpose), and contextual factors (e.g., neighborhood quality and age-friendly environments) associated with physical and/or cognitive decline with age. Particularly, Dr. Sardina is interested in exploring how the aforementioned mechanisms interact with sociodemographic characteristics (e.g., race and socioeconomic status) to influence health and function as one ages. By understanding these mechanisms, Dr. Sardina strives to use these findings to contribute to evidence-based practices through the development, implementation, and testing of programs that aim to enhance physical and cognitive function, reduce disability, and promote active life engagement in middle-aged and older adult populations.