Michelle E. Monroe-Cook

Project Manager
Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands

Research Associate
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies

cook32@indiana.edu
(812) 856-0537
IU Research Park, Suite 101

Education
  • Indiana University, M.S. in Recreation Therapy, 2009
  • West Chester University of PA, B.S. in Health & Physical Education, 2007
Biography
  • Accessibility Specialist, National Center on Accessibility, 2009-2016
  • Professional Service Development Council-RPTS Representative, School of Public Health-Bloomington, 2015-2016
  • Supervisory Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, 2008
  • Coach, Cal-Diego PVA, National Veterans Wheelchair Games, 2008
  • Certified Adapted Aquatics Assistant, American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation Council of Aquatic Professionals, 2006
Research Interests

Ms. Monroe-Cook became a project manager at the Eppley Institute in September 2016. Her previous work primarily focused on programmatic and physical accessibility training, evaluation, and condition assessment in the National Park Service and other federal land management agencies. She worked to provide classroom and web-based instruction, interpretive media design consultation, and technical assistance related to accessibility compliance and program modifications necessary to provide equivalent access and experience to individuals with disabilities in both built and natural environments.

With a Master of Science in Recreation Therapy, Ms. Monroe-Cook brings clinical knowledge and experience of the interaction of persons with disabilities with recreation, parks and public lands entities. Her understanding of the importance of community and family engagement brings a unique perspective to her work. She is especially passionate about consideration and inclusion of persons with disabilities in the park planning process.