William Dominic Ramos

Assistant Professor
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
  • T142 - Living Well
  • R302 - Aquatic Management
  • R441 - Legal Aspects of Recreation
  • Director - IU Aquatic Institute
  • American Red Cross Research Advisory Council - Aquatics sub committee
  • Director - Indiana University Outdoor Aquatic Center
  • Outstanding Faculty Award - IU Student Alumni Association
  • Senior Lecturer - IU SPHB - RPTS
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.

Selected Publications

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.