Heather Olsen, Ed.D.

Associate Professor - Leisure, Youth & Human Services

Dr. Heather Olsen is an assistant professor in Leisure Service Division and the Assistant Director of the National Program for Playground Safety. Along with teaching classes, her work includes providing education and training to early childcare programs, elementary schools, afterschool programs, and park departments.

Heather has been associated with the development of children's outdoor play areas and educating the public about maintenance, supervision, and age appropriateness. She has given presentations throughout the country about the design of safe playgrounds and has written many articles on creating playgrounds for children. She is also the developer and coordinator of the online training programs for NPPS. Here research interests include outdoor play and learning environments for children and online professional development.

Phone: 
(319) 273-6173
Office Location: 

HPC 105

Mailing Address: 

University of Northern Iowa
105 Human Performance Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0618