Vitae

Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Area of Expertise

My specific area of research interest focuses on understanding the motor development and physical activity behaviors of individuals on the autism spectrum across their lifespan. Through a radical pragmatic lens, I use my expertise in mixed methodology to employ both qualitative and quantitative methods in the search of high-quality intervention, assessment, and teaching strategies to reduce systemic barriers to physical activity and healthy behaviors. Through participatory research frameworks, I am interested in co-producing research that closely aligns with actual community need to ensure equal opportunity is provided to autistic individuals and their families.

Education

Education

University of Virginia
Ph.D.
Kinesiology
May 1, 2017
Western Michigan University
M.S.
Special (Adapted) Physical Education
Aug 11, 2011
University of Michigan
B.S.
Major: Physical Education; Minor: Health & History
Apr 28, 2009

Professional Experience

Experience

Assistant Professor
University of North Texas
Aug 28, 2017 → Feb 9, 2021
Graduate Researcher
Motivation Intervention Design Lab
Oct 1, 2016 → Apr 20, 2017
University Supervisor
University of Virginia
Sep 1, 2014 → May 1, 2017
Doctoral Research & Teaching Assistant
University of Virginia
Aug 28, 2013 → May 1, 2017
Assistant Researcher
Curriculum & Instruction Lab, University of Michigan
Jul 1, 2012 → Mar 20, 2021

Honors & Awards

  • 2021 — SHAPE Fellow, SHAPE America
  • 2021 — Mable Lee Award, SHAPE America
  • 2020 — Awarded “Top Faculty Paper", Commission on the Status of Women, AEJMC
  • 2019 — Elly D. Friedmann Young Professional Award, International Federation for Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA)
  • 2019–2020 — Mentoring Micro-grant ($1,500), Office for the Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, University of North Texas
  • 2019 — Travel Support ($1,000), Office of the Provost, University of North Texas
  • 2017 — Connect Learning Grant and Course Development Program ($750), Career Connect, University of North Texas
  • 2017 — Mary Catherine Ellwein Award, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
  • 2017 — Adapted Physical Education/Activity Graduate Student of the Year, SHAPE America
  • 2016 — Linda K. Bunker Scholarship, Department of Kinesiology, University of Virginia
  • 2010 — Golden Key International Honor Society, Nominated & Inducted, Western Michigan University

Credentials & Certifications

  • Certification in Mixed Methods Research, University of Michigan School of Social Work (2019), 30 CEU coursework in mixed methods research.
  • Collaborative Institutional Training (CITI) (2018), Social & Behavioral Research.
  • Apple Teacher A Certification (2017), Apple Teacher Program.
  • Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE) (2015), nationally certified as an expert in adapted physical education.

Other Relevant Professional Information & Development

  • 2020–Present — Editor/Contributor, The Radical Pragmatist Newsletter
  • 2020 — Mixed Methods International Research Association MOOC Professional Learning Courses
  • 2019 — Co-host, #SaludTues twitter chat. Topic: #NationalDisabilityEmploymentAwareness
  • 2019 — Organizer, Community Movie Event (DAMN Good Time!) in collaboration with Texas Woman’s University.
  • 2018–2019 — Editor/Contributor, Meet Me in the Gym (Blog)
  • 2018 — Early Career Mentoring Workshop, International Society for Autism Research
  • 2018 — NIH K-Award Workshop
  • 2018–2019 — UNT College of Education, Research Development Fridays
  • 2017–Present — National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
  • 2014–2016 — Tomorrow’s Professor Today, University of Virginia Center for Teaching Excellence

Research

Scholarly Publication Record

Data-Based or Theoretically Refereed Papers

Publications

Adapted physical educators perceptions of educational research [Audio podcast]
published
Oct 20, 2020
How physical activity can benefit your child with autism.
published
Sep 18, 2020
Adapted physical educators’ perspectives of educational research [Audio podcast]
published
Jul 15, 2020
Social justice in adapted physical education [Audio podcast]
published
Jul 17, 2019

Data-Based or Theoretically Refereed Papers in Review or Preparation

Publications

Adapted physical educators perceptions of educational research [Audio podcast]
published
Oct 20, 2020
How physical activity can benefit your child with autism.
published
Sep 18, 2020
Adapted physical educators’ perspectives of educational research [Audio podcast]
published
Jul 15, 2020
Social justice in adapted physical education [Audio podcast]
published
Jul 17, 2019

Books

Publications

Adapted physical educators perceptions of educational research [Audio podcast]
published
Oct 20, 2020
How physical activity can benefit your child with autism.
published
Sep 18, 2020
Adapted physical educators’ perspectives of educational research [Audio podcast]
published
Jul 15, 2020
Social justice in adapted physical education [Audio podcast]
published
Jul 17, 2019

Book Chapters

Publications

Adapted physical educators perceptions of educational research [Audio podcast]
published
Oct 20, 2020
How physical activity can benefit your child with autism.
published
Sep 18, 2020
Adapted physical educators’ perspectives of educational research [Audio podcast]
published
Jul 15, 2020
Social justice in adapted physical education [Audio podcast]
published
Jul 17, 2019

Non-traditional Publications (Non-referred)

Publications

Adapted physical educators perceptions of educational research [Audio podcast]
published
Oct 20, 2020
How physical activity can benefit your child with autism.
published
Sep 18, 2020
Adapted physical educators’ perspectives of educational research [Audio podcast]
published
Jul 15, 2020
Social justice in adapted physical education [Audio podcast]
published
Jul 17, 2019

Grants & Contracts

External

Grants

Provost Funds
UNT
Micro-grant
UNT
UVA IDEA Dissertation Grant
UVA
UNT Seed Grant
UNT
Summer Research Grant
UNT
UNT College of Education Collaborative Grant
UNT

Internal

Grants

Provost Funds
UNT
Micro-grant
UNT
UVA IDEA Dissertation Grant
UVA
UNT Seed Grant
UNT
Summer Research Grant
UNT
UNT College of Education Collaborative Grant
UNT

Papers Presented

Invited

Presentations

Task modifications for building motor skills of autistic children.
Jun 15, 2019
Gross motor assessment and goal development.
Jan 18, 2019

Webinars

Presentations

Task modifications for building motor skills of autistic children.
Jun 15, 2019
Gross motor assessment and goal development.
Jan 18, 2019

Peer-Reviewed Abstract Presentations

International, National, & Regional Presentations Included

Presentations

Task modifications for building motor skills of autistic children.
Jun 15, 2019
Gross motor assessment and goal development.
Jan 18, 2019

Journal Activities

Editorial Board

Service

Mission Statement
KHPR Ad Hoc
UNT
Member
Scholarship
UNT
Member
PHED
UNT
Member
Neurodiversity
UNT
Member
KHPR UG Curriculum
UNT

Reviewer

  • 2020–Present — Frontiers Psychology
  • 2020–Present — Research in Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • 2019–Present — Autism Research
  • 2019–Present — Journal for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour
  • 2019–Present — Journal of Advanced Academics
  • 2019–Present — Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
  • 2018–Present — Autism
  • 2018–Present — Exceptional Children
  • 2018–Present — Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • 2018–Present — Perceptual and Motor Skills
  • 2017–Present — Research in Developmental Disabilities
  • 2016–Present — Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
  • 2014–Present — PALAESTRA
  • 2018 — Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
  • 2017 — Journal of Motor Learning and Development
  • 2016 — British Journal of Visual Impairment

Teaching

My instructional areas of expertise include: adapted physical education/activity, teaching pedagogy, disabilities (specific focus on developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders), measurement and assessment in teaching and physical education, motor development, and research methods (specific focus on qualitative and mixed methods). I am trained and proficient in providing instruction in-person, hybrid, and online.

Courses Taught

Courses

KINE 3020
Movement for Individuals with Disabilities
Fa 2021
KINE 5100
Research Perspectives in KHPR
Fa 2021
KINE 3020
Movement for Individuals with Disabilities
Su 2021
KINE 3550
Pedagogical Skills, Strategies and Management in Physical Education and Movement for Children
Sp 2021
KINE 5910
Special Topics (Independent Research)
Sp 2021
KINE 5920
Special Problems (Culminating Research Experience)
Sp 2021
KINE 3020
Movement for Individuals with Disabilities
Sp 2021
KINE 5100
Research Perspectives in KHPR
Fa 2020
KINE 5900
Special Topics (Independent Study - Grad)
Su 2020
KINE 3020
Movement for Individuals with Disabilities
Su 2020
KINE 2900
Special Topics (Independent Research - Lower UG)
Sp 2020
KINE 4900
Special Topics (Independent Research - Upper UG)
Sp 2020
KINE 3020
Movement for Individuals with Disabilities
Sp 2020
KINE 3550
Elementary Teaching Methods
Sp 2020
KINE 3020
Movement for Individuals with Disabilities
Fa 2019
KINE 5100
Research Perspectives in KHPR
Fa 2019
KINE 3020
Movement for Individuals with Disabilities
Su 2019
KINE 3020
Movement for Special Populations
Sp 2019
KINE 3020
Movement for Special Populations
Fa 2018
KINE 3020
Movement for Special Populaitons
Su 2018
KINE 3020
Movement for Special Populations
Sp 2018
KINE 3020
Movement for Special Populations
Fa 2017

Workshops

Presentations

Task modifications for building motor skills of autistic children.
Jun 15, 2019
Gross motor assessment and goal development.
Jan 18, 2019

Service

Membership

Memberships

AERA
Jan 1, 2020 → Feb 9, 2021
IFAPA
Jun 18, 2019 → Feb 9, 2021
MMIRA
Aug 22, 2018 → Feb 9, 2021
INSAR
Nov 1, 2017 → Feb 9, 2021
TXAHPERD
Jan 1, 2017 → Jan 1, 2019
VAHPERD
Jan 1, 2015 → Jan 1, 2017
NAFAPA
Oct 1, 2014 → Feb 9, 2021
NCPEID
Jul 11, 2014 → Feb 9, 2021
SHAPE America
Jul 1, 2014 → Feb 9, 2021
SHAPE Colorado
Jan 1, 2011 → Jan 1, 2012
MAHPERD
Jan 1, 2009 → Jan 1, 2011

Professional Service

Service

Mission Statement
KHPR Ad Hoc
UNT
Member
Scholarship
UNT
Member
PHED
UNT
Member
Neurodiversity
UNT
Member
KHPR UG Curriculum
UNT

Service to the University

Service

Mission Statement
KHPR Ad Hoc
UNT
Member
Scholarship
UNT
Member
PHED
UNT
Member
Neurodiversity
UNT
Member
KHPR UG Curriculum
UNT

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