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Heather Olsen

Associate Professor - LYHS; Division Director for the Center for Playground Safety
(319) 273-6173

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

Dr. Heather Olsen is an associate professor in Leisure Service Division and the Graduate Coordinator for the Leisure, Youth, and Human Service Division.  Dr. Olsen also serves as the Director for the Center for Playground Safety (if it would be possible, please create this title to link to  Along with teaching classes and coordinating the LYHS graduate program, 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 playgrounds and educating the public about playground maintenance, supervision, and age appropriateness. She has given presentations throughout the country about the creation of safe and quality outdoor environments for children and has written many articles on safe and inclusive playgrounds.  Her research interests include supervision, children's outdoor environments, professional development for adult learners, and playgrounds.