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Linda Caldwell

Emeritus Distinguished Professor, RPTM

Biography

Linda Caldwell conducts research on interventions that develop youth competencies, promote healthy lifestyles, and reduce risky behavior through leisure. Linda initially started working in prevention research because she has always had an interest in helping people be healthy from a whole person perspective.

Linda has incorporated her love for traveling in her research—most recently, she was named a guest professor at the University of Iceland and an extraordinary professor at both the University of the Western Cape and North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus. Linda‘s key projects include TimeWise: Taking Charge of Leisure Time and HealthWise South Africa: Life Skills for Young Adults. In the future, Linda hopes to better understand the school dropout rates in South Africa through continued research with her colleagues.

Over the past 20 years as a prevention scientist, Linda has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles that have appeared in Prevention Science and International Journal of Drug Policy, among others. Linda’s favorite aspect of the PRC is the people and opportunities that present themselves through her work. Linda received her Ph.D. in recreation from the University of Maryland in 1986. In her free time, Linda enjoys photography, scuba diving, and gardening.  

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Recent Publications

With a little help from my friends? A longitudinal look at the role of peers versus friends on adolescent alcohol use

Weybright, E. H., Beckmeyer, J. J., Caldwell, L. L., Wegner, L., & Smith, E. A. (2019). With a little help from my friends? A longitudinal look at the role of peers versus friends on adolescent alcohol use. Journal of Adolescence, 73, 14-17. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2019.03.007. Epub 2019 Mar 30. PMID: 30939342

The power of leisure as a developmental context for adolescents

Anderson, D., Caldwell, L. L., & Walters, K. (2016). The power of leisure as a developmental context for adolescents. In F. McGuire & D. Kleiber (Eds.), Leisure and human development. New York: Venture.

Girls just want to know where to have fun: Preventing substance use initiation in an under-resourced community in South Africa through HealthWise

Motamedi, M., Caldwell, L. L., Wegner, L., Smith, E. A., & Jones, D. E. (2016). Girls just want to know where to have fun: Preventing substance use initiation in an under-resourced community in South Africa through HealthWise. Prevention Science: the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research, 17(6), 700-709. doi: 13894986

Longitudinal patters of active leisure among South African youth: Gender differences and associations with health risk behaviors

Tibbits, M., Caldwell, L. L., Smith, E., Vergnani, T., & Wegner, L. (2016). Longitudinal patterns of active leisure among South African youth: Gender differences and associations with health risk behaviors. World Leisure, 58, 60-68.

Trajectories of adolescent substance use development and the influence of healthy leisure: A growth mixture modeling approach

Weybright, E., Caldwell, L. L., Ram, N., Smith, E. A., & Wegner, L. (2016). Trajectories of adolescent substance use development and the influence of healthy leisure: A growth mixture modeling approach. Journal of Adolescence, 49, 158-169.