Tristan Hopper

Assistant Professor

Office: CK 164.17
Phone: 306-337-3180

Research interests

Tristan’s research involves respectfully engaging and mobilizing individuals (i.e., youth) who are often marginalized to address significant societal challenges, such as homelessness, social exclusion/inclusion, and mental health issues. With a particular focus on youth development, Tristan uses a meaning-oriented and strengths-based approach to recreation and leisure, Dr. Hopper’s work primarily draws on the use of community-based participatory research methods (including youth-led participatory action research, YPAR) and aims to build thriving communities and provide an effective support system through co-creating and co-implementing people-centered solutions through a social justice lens.
Tristan is a research associate with Growing Young Movers (GYM;, a community-based youth development program.

As a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) research-practitioner, Tristan also has a keen interest in Therapeutic Recreation research and practice. These research interest involve meaning-centred practice with individuals experience mental illness and substance use disorders.  Tristan has practiced as a Recreational Therapist in various settings which include children’s mental health, forensics, and education.

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Graduate Student Training Opportunities

Tristan is currently accepting to work with passionate students at the graduate level. Prospective students interested in recreation, leisure, and sport as it relates to meaning-making, social justice, and marginalized populations can contact Dr. Hopper directly.