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Meet the Faculty

Sonja A. Wilhelm Stanis

Sonja A. Wilhelm Stanis, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor
Director of Graduate Studies Parks, Recreation and Tourism
  • Phone: 573-882-9524
  • E-mail: sonjaws@missouri.edu
  • Address: 105e Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building

Education

  • Ph.D., 2008, University of Minnesota

Research

  • Wilhelm Stanis’ research is in the human dimensions of natural resource management with an emphasis in the social psychological aspects of outdoor recreation. Specifically, her work examines motivations for and benefits of outdoor recreation, constraints to outdoor recreation, the role of parks and public lands in promoting physical activity and public health, and issues in outdoor recreation relating to diversity and youth.

Teaching

  • Research methods in parks, recreation and tourism (PRT 8430)
  • Advanced recreation land management (PRT 4340/7340)
  • Planning and evaluating leisure environments (PRT 2111)

Selected Publications

  • Budruk, M. & Wilhelm Stanis, S.A. (in press). Place attachment and recreation experience preference: A further exploration of the relationship. Manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism.
  • Kaczynski, A.T., Wilhelm Stanis, S.A., Besenyi, G.M., & Child, S. (in press). Differences in youth and adult physical activity by gender and race/ethnicity within park settings. Manuscript accepted for publication in Preventing Chronic Disease.
  • Kaczynski, A.T., Koohsari, M.J., Wilhelm Stanis, S.A., Bergstrom, R., & Sugiyama, T. (in press). Association of street connectivity and road traffic speed and with park usage and park-based physical activity. Manuscript accepted for publication in American Journal of Health Promotion.
  • Bai, H., Wilhelm Stanis, S.A., Kaczynski, A.T., & Besenyi, G.M. (2013). Perceptions of Neighborhood Park Quality: Associations with Physical Activity and BMI. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45(s1), 39-48.
  • Vaughan, K.B., Kaczynski, A.T., Wilhelm Stanis, S.A., Bergstrom, R., Besenyi, G.M., & Heinrich, K.M. (2013). Exploring the distribution of park availability, features, and quality across Kansas City, Missouri by income and race/ethnicity: An environmental justice investigation. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45(s1), 28-38.
  • Besenyi, G.M., Kaczynski, A.T., Wilhelm Stanis, S.A., & Vaughan, K.B. (2013). Demographic variations in observed energy expenditure across park activity areas.  Preventive Medicine, 56, 79-81.
  • Wilhelm Stanis, S.A. & Barbieri, C. (2012). Tour operational attributes: A case of storm-chasing.  Manuscript accepted for publication in Current Issues in Tourism. Online first: DOI:10.1080/13683500.2012.733360.
  • Kaczynski, A.T., Wilhelm Stanis, S.A., & Besenyi, G.M. (2012). Development and testing of a community stakeholder park audit tool. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 42(3), 242-249.
  • Xu, S., Barbieri, C., Wilhelm Stanis, S.A., & Market, P. (2012). Sensation seeking attributes associated with storm chasing tourists: Implications for future engagement. International Journal of Tourism Research, 14, 269-284.
  • Kaczynski, A.T., Wilhelm Stanis, S.A., & Besenyi, G.M. (2012). Development and testing of a community stakeholder park audit tool. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 42(3), 242-249.
  • Xu, S., Barbieri, C., Wilhelm Stanis, S.A., & Market, P. (2012). Sensation seeking attributes associated with storm chasing tourists: Implications for future engagement. International Journal of Tourism Research.
  • Kaczynski, A.T., Wilhelm Stanis, S.A., Hastmann, T.J., & Besenyi, G.M. (2011). Variations in observed park physical activity intensity level by gender, race, and age: Individual and joint effects.Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 8(S2), S151-160.
  • Budruk, M., Wilhelm Stanis, S. A., Schneider, I. E., & Anderson, D. H. (2011). Differentiating place attachment among proximate and distant visitors to two water-based recreation areas. Society and Natural Resources, 24(9), 917-932.
  • Wilhelm Stanis, S.A., & Schneider, I.E. (2010). Park physical activity, motivations, constraints and negotiation: Generational differences. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 2(2), 73-77.
  • Wilhelm Stanis, S.A., Schneider, I.E., & Pereira, M.A. (2010). Parks and health: Differences in constraints and negotiation strategies for leisure time physical activity by stage of change. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 7, 273-284.
  • Wilhelm Stanis, S. A., Schneider, I.E., Shinew, K.J., Chavez, D.J., & Vogel, M.C. (2009). Physical activity and the recreation opportunity spectrum: Differences in important site attributes and perceived constraints. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 27 (4), 73-91.
  • Wilhelm Stanis, S. A., Schneider, I.E., & Anderson, D.H. (2009). State park visitors’ leisure time physical activity, constraints and negotiation strategies. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 27 (3), 21-41.
  • Wilhelm Stanis, S. A., Schneider, I.E., Chavez, D.J., & Shinew, K.J. (2009). Visitor constraints to physical activity in park and recreation areas: Differences by race and ethnicity. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 27 (3), 78-95.
  • Wilhelm Stanis, S.A., Schneider, I.E., & Russell, K. (2009). Leisure time physical activity of park visitors: retesting constraint models in adoption and maintenance stages. Leisure Sciences, 31, 287-304.
  • Anderson, D.H., Wilhelm Stanis, S.A., Schneider, I.E., & Leahy, J.E. (2008). Proximate and distant visitors: Differences in importance ratings of beneficial experiences. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 26(4), 47-65.