Dorothy “Dart” Schmalz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation at the University of Utah. Dr. Schmalz holds a B.A. from The College of Wooster in History with a concentration in environmental sciences, an M.S. from Penn State in Leisure Studies with a concentration in services marketing, and a Ph.D. from Penn State in Leisure Studies with a minor in health and sport psychology. Upon completing her Ph.D. in 2004, Dr. Schmalz held a position as a Research Associate in the Childhood Obesity Research Lab at Penn State. Prior to coming to the University of Utah, she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at Clemson University.
Dr. Schmalz’s research focuses on the influence of prejudice, discrimination, and stigma on the adoption of and engagement in health behaviors. She is also interested in research exploring social media use on emotional health, the interdisciplinary perspectives between leisure, public health, and positive psychology, and building partnerships between clinical healthcare and leisure services to better serve communities.