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Liza Berdychevsky

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Contact Information

219 Huff Hall
1206 S Fourth St | M/C 584
Champaign, IL 61820
217-244-2971 |
Associate Professor

Research Interests

Dr. Liza Berdychevsky’s research revolves at the nexus of sexual health, positive sexuality, and wellbeing, adopting a gender-sensitive and a life course-grounded approach. Specifically, she examines two interrelated aspects of health and risk behaviors. First, she investigates sexual behavior, attitudes, risk taking, and sexual education needs among young and older adults in various leisure and tourism contexts. Second, she studies people’s experiences of violence-related behaviors and other delinquent leisure practices. She uses a variety of methodologies in her projects, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. Overall, Dr. Berdychevsky’s research contributes to a deeper understanding of the issues associated with sexual health and violence and offers directions for health education programs and prevention and intervention methods.

Research Description

Dr. Berdychevsky recently co-edited a special issue on innovation and impact of sex as leisure in research and practice in Leisure Sciences and a book on the light and dark sides of sex in tourism. She published in leading academic sexuality, health, leisure, and tourism journals (e.g., The Journal of Sex Research, The Gerontologist, Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, Leisure Sciences, Leisure Studies, Annals of Leisure Research, and Journal of Leisure Research,). She serves as a consulting editor in The Journal of Sex Research, an associate editor in Leisure Sciences, and an editorial board member in Tourism Management, Annals of Tourism Research Empirical Insights and Annals of Leisure Research. Her research has garnered substantial media attention in various global and regional news outlets, scientific medical news websites, and popular magazines.


  • PhD, Health and Human Performance, University of Florida
  • MBA, Business Administration, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, Recreation, Sport and Tourism
Associate Professor, Program in Jewish Culture and Society
Associate Professor, Health Care Engineering Systems Center, Coordinated Science Lab
Affiliate, Center for Social and Behavioral Science

Highlighted Publications

Carr, N., & Berdychevsky, L. (Eds.) (2021). Sex in Tourism: Exploring the Light and the Dark: Exploring the Light and the Dark. (Aspects of Tourism; Vol. 93). Channel View Publications.,

Berdychevsky, L., & Carr, N. (Eds.) (2020). Innovation and Impact of Sex as Leisure in Research and Practice. Leisure Sciences, 42(3-4), 255-410.

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Recent Publications

Berdychevsky, L. (Accepted/In press). Exoticism, tourism. In J. Jafari, & H. Xiao (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Tourism (2 ed.). Springer.

Berdychevsky, L. (Accepted/In press). Romance tourism. In J. Jafari, & H. Xiao (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Tourism (2 ed.). Springer.

Berdychevsky, L. (2024). Sexual leisure and profiles of coping with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on sex life: Using cluster analysis approach. Journal of Leisure Research, 1-25. Advance online publication.

Fratila, I., & Berdychevsky, L. (2024). Aiming “High” in College: Phenomenological Meanings of Drug Consumption in/as Leisure through the Lens of Existential Authenticity. Leisure Sciences, 46(3), 296-314.

Son, H., & Berdychevsky, L. (Accepted/In press). Mechanisms of Action Promoting Social Emotional Learning in Sport and Recreation Program for Socially Vulnerable Youth. Leisure Sciences.

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