William Dominic Ramos

Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of Curriculum
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies

Director, Aquatic Institute
School of Public Health-Bloomington

(812) 856-7161
PH 133

  • Indiana University, Ph.D., Leisure Behavior, Minor: Law, 2012
  • Indiana University, M.S., RPTS, 1998
  • Indiana University, B.S., Kinesiology, 1989
  • SPH X505 Public Health Foundations
  • SPH R414 Legal Aspects of Recreation
  • SPH R510 Philosophy of Leisure
  • ECA Sports United: Int. Sports Programming Initiative (ISPI) - YES Africa Grant, U.S. Department of State
  • Veterans Affairs Adapted Sport Grant, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairsttee
  • Outstanding Advisor - IU Recreational Sports, 2017
  • Outstanding Contributions to Research - Diversity in Aquatics, 2017
  • Executive Board Member - WeBloom, Non-Profit Public Health Organization
  • Committee Member - IU LGBTQ Advisory Board
  • Council Member - Scientific Advisory Council, National American Red Cross
Research Interests

Research agenda focuses on how the aquatic environment adds to the picture of public health and ultimately the quality of life. Examining factors including physical activity, drowning prevention, recreational water illnesses, and affordance/access issues will help to develop a holistic view.

Current Project:  IU SPH Dimensions

Selected Publications

Ramos, W.D., & Anderson, A. R. (2018). College club swimming: An analysis of leisure motivations. Recreational Sports Journal. In-Press. January.

Ramos, W.D., & Anderson, A. R. (2017). A Reasoned Action Approach Assessment of Instructional Youth Swim Safety. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education. Vol. 10: No. 2, Article 7. Available at: http://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/ijare/vol10/iss2/7

Ramos, W. D., Chen, Y.*, & Kang, S.* (2017). Physical Activity Levels and Pattern of Use for Youth Participants at a Traditional Aquatic Venue. Preventative Medicine Reports. 6, 178-181.

Ramos, W. D., Young, S. J., & Lee, D*. (2017). Youth Enrichment through Sport: The YES Ghana Model, Journal of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism in Public Health. 1.1, 103-114.

Tobin, J., Quan, L., Ramos, W. D., Pu, Y., Wernicki, P. G., Quan, L., & Rossano, J. W.  (2017). Bystander CPR is Associated with Improved Neurologically Favorable Survival in Cardiac Arrest Following Drowning. Resuscitation. 115, 39-42

Ramos, W. D., & Fletcher, A. L.* (2017). Adoption Process for the Model Aquatic Health Code: An Example. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education. Accepted, In-Review

Young, S.J., Ramos, W.D., York, S., Fletcher, A. (2015, revise and resubmit). On the 25th anniversary of the ADA: How inclusive are campus recreation programs? Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport.

Ramos, W. D., Beale, A., Chambers, P., Dalke, S., Fielding, R. R., Kublick, L., Langendorfer, S. J., Lees, T. A., Quan, L. & Wernicki, P.G. (2015). Primary and secondary drowning interventions: The American Red Cross circle of drowning prevention and chain of drowning survival. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 9, 89-101.

Quan, L., Ramos, W. D., Harvey, C., Kublick, L., Langendorfer, S. J., Lees, T. A., Fielding, R. R., Dalke, S.; Barry, C., Shook, S., Wernicki, P. G. (2015). Toward defining water competency: an American Red Cross definition. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 9 (1), 12-23.

Middlestadt, S. E. Anderson, A. R., Ramos, W. D. (2015). Beliefs about Using an Outdoor Pool: Understanding Perceptions of Place in the Context of a Recreational Environment to Promote Health. Health and Place, 34, 1-8.

Anderson, A. R., Ramos, W. D., Middlestadt, S. E. (2015). A Narrative investigation into dimensions of experience at an outdoor aquatic facility: A pool is more than a place to swim, International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 8, 143- 156.

Hubach, R.D., Dodge, B., Li, M.J., Schick, V., Herbenick, D., Ramos, W.D., Cola, T., & Reece, M. (2015). Loneliness, HIV-related stigma, and condom use among a predominantly rural sample of HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM). AIDS Education and Prevention, 27 (1), 72-81.

Hubach, R. D., Dodge, B., Schick, V., Ramos, W. D., Herbenick, D., Cola, T., Li, M. J., & Reece (2014). Experiences of HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) residing in relatively rural areas.