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Tania Santiago Perez


Counseling, Recreation and School Psychology

Office: ZEB 341B

Phone: 305-348-3418


Specialty: Recreational Therapy

Professor Santiago started her professional career at a nonprofit organization working as a Recreation and Sports Coordinator. After getting her M.S. in RT, she started working at an Assisted Living Facility. Then, she went to Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces where she worked as a Recreational Therapist with a variety of populations including children and adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities, children with physical disabilities and/or visual impairments; and veterans. Tania is a member of ATRA, and an active presenter at Recreational Therapy conferences. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Recreational Therapy at Clemson University. Major areas of interest within RT include Developmental Disabilities, Adaptive Sports, Aquatics, Social Inclusion, Community Integration, Physical Rehabilitation, and international RT.

Research Areas

  • Autism
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Sports, Recreation for people with disabilities
  • Aquatics
  • Special Olympics
  • Paralympics


  • MS (2013) Florida International University, Recreation and Sport Management: Recreational Therapy
  • BS (2010) Florida International University, Exercise and Sport Sciences: Exercise Physiology