Andrew M. Colombo-Dougovito, Ph.D., C.A.P.E
Andrew M. Colombo-Dougovito, Ph.D., C.A.P.E

Andrew M. Colombo-Dougovito, Ph.D., C.A.P.E

Assistant Professor at UNT | Creator of the Adapted Project | (future)Host of the Academe Podcast


Using a radical pragmatic lens, Dr. Andrew M. Colombo-Dougovito utilizes his expertise in mixed methodology to employ both qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the motor development patterns and physical activity behaviors of autistic individuals across their lifespan. Within this work, he explores the societal and environmental structures that influence physical activity engagement and skill development to ensure equal opportunities are provided to autistic individuals and their families.

Presently, Andrew is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas. There he also acts as the Director of the Physical Activity & Motor Skills Program, the Director of the Disability & Movement Research lab, and a faculty liaison to the Kristin Farmer Autism Center. Additionally, he serves as Historian on the Board of Directors for the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities and as an editorial board member for, both, PALAESTRA and Revista de Sobama: Journal of the Brazilian Association of Adapted Motor Activity.

When not working, Andrew can be found outside—mountain biking, climbing, hiking, and spending time with family.

Ongoing Projects

Recent Publications & Presentations


Social skill outcomes following physical activity-based interventions for individuals on the autism spectrum: A scoping review spanning young childhood through young adulthood
Dec 8, 2020
A grounded theory of adoption and maintenance of physical activity among autistic adults
Jun 24, 2020
A multiple method review of accommodations to standardized assessments commonly used with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum
Apr 1, 2020
Adapted physical educators perceptions of educational research
Mar 6, 2020
Building rapport: Improve interviews to capture detailed responses from parents of children with disabilities
Dec 23, 2019
The effect of task modifications on the fundamental motor skills of boys on the autism spectrum
Mar 25, 2019
Fundamental motor skill interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder: A literature review
Feb 7, 2019
Community barriers to physical activity for families with a child with autism spectrum disorder.
Jan 18, 2019
A practical guide to the development of an online course in adapted physical education.
Jul 10, 2017
Exploring the effect of gender and disability on gross motor performance in kindergarten children.
May 15, 2017
Exploring the Interaction of Motor and Social Skills With Autism Severity Using the SFARI Dataset
Jan 20, 2017
The roll of dynamic systems theory in motor development research: How does theory inform practice and what are the implications for autism spectrum disorder?
Aug 10, 2016
Effectiveness of quality physical education in improving students’ manipulative skill competency.
Jun 5, 2016
Make task constraints work for you: Teaching object control skills to students with autism spectrum disorder.
Jan 5, 2016
“Try to do the best you can”: How pre-service APE specialists experience teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Sep 25, 2015
Inclusive and effective adapted physical education: Meeting the needs of each student.
Jul 7, 2015
Successful intervention strategies for autism spectrum disorder and their use for the development of motor skills in physical education.
May 26, 2015
Comparison of physical fitness performance between elementary-age students with and without attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Nov 1, 2013



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