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Megan Owens

Western Illinois University
Assistant Professor
Dr. Megan Owens is an assistant professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration at Western Illinois University. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign specializing in youth development practices in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism. Megan has spent the past 20 years in positions that allowed her to design, implement, evaluate, and advise a variety of summer camp programs. Megan’s multiple camp positions have informed her current role of educator and mentor to young adults preparing to enter the youth development field. Megan's research focuses on the development and facilitation of youth social-emotional learning skills through out of school time programs with a particular emphasis on the youth-adult relationship in summer camps. She has presented research at several ACA National Conference Research Symposiums as well as been an invited speaker and staff trainer focusing on various camp-related topics. Megan is a member of the American Camp Association Healthy Camp IV Committee where she has been able to contribute to the membership’s awareness and knowledge of camper and camp counselor Mental, Emotional and Social Health (MESH) needs.