Dr. Edmond P. Bowers is an associate professor of Youth Development Leadership at Clemson University. Dr. Bowers received both B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College. Prior to arriving at Clemson, he served as a post-doctoral fellow and research assistant professor in the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development (IARYD) at Tufts University. Dr. Bowers also has experience teaching and working with students from the preschool to the graduate level, both in the U.S. and abroad.
While there is growing evidence that nature can positively affect the mental and physical health of children in many ways, existing research tends to focus on only one discipline’s perspective of the issue, such as recreation, education or psychology. Our study is among the first to take an interdisciplinary approach to the topic, allowing us to more fully explore the specific role of contact with nature, a critical element of a larger system that has often been overlooked.3 August 2021