Kenneth E. Mobily

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Kenneth E. Mobily
Therapeutic Recreation/Child Life
Therapeutic Recreation
End Degree:
The University of Iowa
E204 FH
Email: Laboratory:
Older Adults and Exercise
Lab Website:

Disability Studies Certificate, Program Coordinator 2014-2017


  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
  • Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP)

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Disability Studies
  • Assessment and Evaluation in TR
  • Concepts and Issues in TR
  • Research Methods in Leisure Behavior
  • Human Anatomy

Research Interests

Exercise for persons with disabilities, especially strength training and fall prevention among older adults.
Intersections between leisure studies and disability studies.

Recent Publications

Refereed Articles
1. Mobily, K. E. (2016). Effects of Exercise on Disability in Older Adults with Arthritis: A three-year follow-up. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 15(1), 23-29.
2. Mobily, K. E. (2015). Changes in exercise behavior among older adults: A longitudinal investigation. Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, 22, 24-35.
3. Mobily, K. E. (2015). The intersection of disability, feminism, and RT/TR. Loisir, 39(1), 135-155.
4. Mobily, K. E., Walter, K. B., Finley, S. E. (2015). Deconstruction of TR/RT: Does TR/RT contribute to the negative construction of disability? World Leisure Journal, 57(1), 46-56.
5. Mobily, K. E. (2015). Should US recreation therapy be replicated globally? An opportunity to do better. World Leisure Journal, 57(1), 57-68.
6. Mobily, K. E. (2014). Exercise practice and compliance in community-dwelling older adults. Journal of Parks and Recreation Administration, 32, 96-109.
7. Mobily, K. E. (2014). Walking among older adults. World Leisure Journal, 56, 130-140.
8. Mobily, K. E. (2013). Exercise and Functional Disability in Older Adults. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 47, 47-60.
9. Mobily, K. E. (2013). “Getting Better” or “Getting Worse”: What Practitioners Can Learn From Older Adults with High Depressive Symptoms. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 12, 9-15.

Book Chapter
1. Mobily, K. E. (2015). Osteopororsis. H. R. Porter (Ed.), Recreational Therapy Specific Diagnoses and Conditions (pp. 285-293). Enumclaw, WA: Idyll-Arbor Press.

1. Mobily, K. E. (2014). Arthritis and exercise among older adults. Fourteenth Canadian Congress on Leisure Research: Book of Abstracts (pp. 207-211). Halifax, Nova Scotia: Dalhousie University.
2. Mobily, K. E. (2013). Three year exercise compliance in a cohort of older adults. Abstracts from the 2013 Leisure Research Symposium (pp. 185-187). Ashburn, VA: NRPA.


2015 16th Annual Mental Health Issues in Long Term Care Symposium, Recreational therapy and activities for mentally ill residents in long term care settings: Why should we expect it to work?, Iowa Veterans Home, Marshalltown, Iowa, United States Presenters/Authors: Mobily, Kenneth E.