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Dr. Paige Dagenhard-Trainer

Paige Dagenhard-Trainer

Associate Professor

College of Health and Human Sciences

School of Health Sciences

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2788
Office: 444 Health and Human Sciences Building


Paige Dagenhard, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS is a resident of Asheville, North Carolina. Paige completed her Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy and a Master of Arts in Recreation Administration from the University of Toledo. Paige completed her Ph.D. in one of the nations top ranked programs in Health Education at the University of Toledo. During her time at the University of Toledo, Paige had been heavily involved with community outreach through running Therapeutic Recreation groups such as Therapeutic Art, Tai-Chi, Yoga and Cardio Drumming. Paige also ran the National Youth Sports Program for at risk youth in the Toledo community. Since being a faculty member at Western Carolina University, she has continued her community outreach through adaptive sports and adaptive recreational activities, including adaptive mountain biking. Paige has been primarily focused on undergraduate research and the research of therapeutic modalities used within the Recreational Therapy field, such as HeartMath and hooping.


  • Ph D, University of Toledo, Health Education
  • MA, University of Toledo, Recreation Administration
  • BS, University of Toledo, Recreational Therapy

Teaching Interests

To ensure excellent educational opportunities for the approximately 100 majors and 90 pre-majors in the undergraduate program. Also, to include several service learning opportunities to students for preparation of internship and career endeavors.

Research Interests

Dr. Dagenhard-Trainers primary research interests include therapeutic modalities and interventions in Recreational Therapy including HeartMath and undergraduate research strategy.

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