Aurora (Crew) Verlin, MS, CTRS, is an instructor of recreational therapy within the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Her clinical background is in geriatric care with a specialization in working with individuals with dementia. Prior to stepping into the instructor role at Temple, Aurora served dually as the director of therapeutic recreation and personal care administrator within a Life Care Community which included skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation, personal care, memory support and independent living. She also has clinical experience in stand-alone nursing homes, personal care/memory support, adult day programs and senior centers. Aurora was one of the developers of the Engagement in Preferred ActivitieS Scale (EPASS), which aims to measure engagement of individuals with dementia in preferred leisure activities. She currently serves as the vice president/president-elect of the Recreational Therapy Foundation. Additionally, Aurora enjoys mentoring current recreational therapy students and recent alumni in presenting at local and national conferences. Her interests involve dementia, cognitive fitness, engagement related to quality of life, caregiving interventions, and improvement of recreational therapy curriculum.


  • MS, Recreational Therapy, Temple University
  • BS, Therapeutic Recreation, Temple University

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




RCTH 3201

Health, Activity, and Aging


RCTH 4103

Professional Issues in Recreational Therapy


RCTH 4111

Administration of Recreational Therapy


RCTH 5009

Entrepreneurship in the Health Professions


RCTH 5205

Recreational Therapy in Geriatric Services


RCTH 5402

Recreational Therapy Administration and Management