Area of Expertise


I am focused on understanding the motor development and physical activity behaviors of individuals on the autism spectrum across their lifespan. I am interested in how the development of motor skills influences other developmental areas such as social and adaptive skills, as well as its’ influence on physical activity participation and quality of life. Through a radical pragmatic lens, I use my expertise in mixed methodology to search for intervention, assessment and teaching strategies to reduce barriers to physical activity and healthy behaviors. Additionally, I am interested in exploring the societal and environmental structures that influence the physical activity engagement and skill development of autistic individuals and their families.

 

Education


2017, Ph.D. in Kinesiology, focus in Adapted Physical Education from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.

Dissertation: A mixed methods analysis of the effects of a fundamental motor skill intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder. https://doi.org/10.18130/V3HW66.

Committee: Martin Block (chair), Luke Kelly, B. Ann Boyce, & Nancy Deutsch.

2011, M.A. in Special (Adapted) Physical Education from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.

Thesis: Comparison of physical fitness performance between elementary-age students with and without attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

2009, B.S. with a Major in Physical Education and Minors in Health & History from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

 

Professional Experience 


2017 — Present, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, & Recreation at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.

2016 — 2017, Graduate Researcher in the Motivation Intervention Design Lab within the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.

2014 — 2017, University Supervisor in the Dept. of Kinesiology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.

2013 — 2017, Doctoral Research & Teaching Assistant in the Dept. of Kinesiology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.

2012 — 2013, Assistant Researcher in the Curriculum & Instruction Lab in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

 

Scholarly Publication Record


Data-Based or Theoretically Refereed Papers

15 total. (d)Mentorship of Doctoral Student; (s)Inclusion of Stakeholder.

Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., Block, M. E., (d)Zhang, X., & (d)Strehli, I. (2020, in press). A multiple method review of accommodations to standardized assessments commonly used with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. Autism.

JIF: 3.898; Scimago H-index: 82; SJR: Q1 in Developmental and Educational Psychology

Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (2019, in press). Building rapport: Improve interviews to capture detailed responses from parents of children with disabilities. PALAESTRA.

Professional Affiliation: Adapted Physical Activity Council of the SHAPE America; US Paralympics, a division of the US Olympic Committee; & the Education Committee of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association

Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., Kelly, L. E., & Block, M. E. (2019). The effect of task modifications on the fundamental motor skills of boys on the autism spectrum. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 31(5), 653-668. DOI: 10.1007/s10882-019-09666-4

JIF: 0.954; Scimago H-index: 38; SJR: Q2 in Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Recreation

Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., & Block, M. E. (2019). Fundamental motor skill interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder: A literature review. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 6(2), 159-171. DOI: 10.1007/s40489-019-00161-2

JIF: 1.407; Scimago H-index: 12; SJR: Q2 in Psychiatry and Mental Health

Blagrave, A. J., & Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (2019). Community barriers to physical activity for families with a child with autism spectrum disorder. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 3(1), 72-84. DOI: 10.1007/s41252-018-0094-0.

2018 Journal Metrics currently being updated

Healy, S., Colombo-Dougovito, A., Judge, J., Kwon, E., Strehli, I., & Block, M. (2017). A practical guide to the development of an online course in adapted physical education. PALAESTRA, 31(2), 48-54.

Professional Affiliation: Adapted Physical Activity Council of the SHAPE America; US Paralympics, a division of the US Olympic Committee; & the Education Committee of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association

Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., & Reeve, R. E. (2017). Exploring the interaction of motor and social skills with autism severity using the SFARI dataset. Perceptual and Motor Skill, 124(2), 413-424.

JIF: 1.049; Scimago H-index: 60; SJR: Q4 in Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (2017). Exploring the effect of gender and disability on gross motor performance in kindergarten children. The Physical Educator, 74(2), 183-197.

Professional Affiliation: Phi Epsilon Kappa

Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (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? International Journal on Disability and Human Development, 16(2), 141-156. DOI: 10.1515/ijdhd-2016-0015

JIF: 0.33; Scimago H-index: 22; SJR: Q2 in Advanced and Specialized Nursing

Chen, W., Zhu, W., Mason, S., Hammond-Bennett, A., & Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2016). Effectiveness of quality physical education in improving students’ manipulative skill competency. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 5(2), 231-238.

JIF: 3.644; Scimago H-index: 22; SJR: Q1 in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., & Block, M. (2016). Make task constraints work for you: Teaching object control skills to students with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 87(1), 32-37.

Professional Affiliation: SHAPE America

Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (2015). “Try to do the best you can”: How pre-service APE specialists experience teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. International Journal of Special Education, 30(3), 160-176.

JIF: 0.15; Scimago H-index: 20; SJR: Q4 in Education

Wilson, W. J., & Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2015). Inclusive and effective adapted physical education: Meeting the needs of each student. Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, 28(4), 50-52.

Professional Affiliation: SHAPE America

Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (2015). Successful intervention strategies for autism spectrum disorder and their use for the development of motor skills in physical education. PALAESTRA, 29(2), 34-41.

Professional Affiliation: Adapted Physical Activity Council of the SHAPE America; US Paralympics, a division of the US Olympic Committee; & the Education Committee of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association

Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2013). Comparison of physical fitness performance between elementary-age students with and without attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The Physical Educator, 70(3), 262-280.

Professional Affiliation: Phi Epsilon Kappa

Data-Based or Theoretically Refereed Papers in Review or Preparation 

13 total; 3 in review; 2 revise and resubmit; 8 in preparation. (d)Mentorship of Doctoral Student; (s)Inclusion of Stakeholder.

Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., Blagrave, A. J., & Healy, S. (in review). A new grounded theory of the physical activity experiences of autistic adults. Autism [Special Issue: Physical Activity Across the Lifespan].

JIF: 3.898; Scimago H-index: 82; SJR: Q1 in Developmental and Educational Psychology

Colombo-Dougovito, A.M., & Lee, Ji. (in review). A systematic review of social skills common to physical activity-based interventions for individuals on the autism spectrum. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly.

JIF: 1.109; Scimago H-index: 47; SJR: Q2 in Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

Weiller, K. A., Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., & Everbach, T. (in review). She’s a lady; he’s an athlete; they have overcome: Portrayals of gender and disability in the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. Journal of Sports Media.

ResearchGate IF: 0.21; Professional Affiliation: Official journal of the Sports Communication Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication

Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., Kelly, L. E., & Bishop, J. C. (revise and resubmit). A pilot investigation of potential modifications to gross motor assessment for children with autism spectrum disorder. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science.

2018 CiteScore: 2.03; Scimago H-index: 35; SJR: Q2 in Sport Science

Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., Block, M. E., & MacDonald, M. (revise and resubmit). Including children and adolescents on the autism spectrum in kinesiology research: Strategies to navigate the gray area of informed consent. European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity.

Scimago H-index: 3; SJR:  Q1 in Education

Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., Healy, S., & Block, M. E. (in preparation). Dynamic systems approach to building motor skills in children on the autism spectrum. Autism.

JIF: 3.898; Scimago H-index: 82; SJR: Q1 in Developmental and Educational Psychology

Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., Blagrave, A. J., & Block, M. E. (in preparation). Family perspectives of autistic child behaviors during a fundamental motor skills intervention. Child: Care, Health and Development.

JIF: 1.918; Scimago H-index: 71; SJR: Q1 in Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., Dillon, S., & Block, M. E. (in preparation) . Mixed methods analysis of a fundamental motor skill intervention for children on the autism spectrum. Journal of Mixed Methods Research.

JIF: 3.524; Scimago H-index: 38; SJR: Q1 in Pediatrics, Perinatology and Child Health

Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (in preparation). Make motor learning more accessible for children on the autism spectrum through task modifications. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education.

JIF: 1.775; Scimago H-index: 48; SJR: Q1 in Education

Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., McNamara, S., Blagrave, A. J., & (s)Kumferstein, H. (in preparation). A conversation on Twitter: Autistic adults and physical activity. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health [Special Issue on digital research].

Scimago H-index: 25; SJR: Q1 in Health (social science)

McNamara, S., Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., (s)Aheans, C., & (s)Weiner, B. (in preparation). General and adapted physical educators knowledge and use of research in the classroom. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy.

JIF: 2.035; Scimago H-index: 26; SJR: Q1 in Education

Bishop, J., Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., & Grabowsky, A. (in preparation). A systematic review of objective measures for physical activity in populations on the autism spectrum. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

JIF: 1.799; Scimago H-index: 47; SJR: Q2 in Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Recreation

Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., Blagrave, A. J., Bremer, E., & (s)Gassner, D. (in preparation). Physical activity and individuals on the autism spectrum: Report from the first “physical activity” special interest group meeting at the 2019 INSAR annual meeting. Autism Research.

JIF: 3.697; Scimago H-index: 53; SJR: Q1 in Neurology (clinical)

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters 

2 total.

  1. Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., & Dillon, S. R. (2020/in press). Neurodiversity. In E. Mpofu (Ed.), Sustainable Community Health: Systems and Practices in Diverse Settings, Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

  2. Kelly, L. E., Block, M., & Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2017). Physical education. In Kauffman, J. M., Hallahan, D. P., & Pullen, P. C. (Eds.), Handbook of Special Education (2nd ed.), New York: Routledge.

Audio Publication

1 total.

  1. McNamara, S. (Editor), Colombo-Dougovito, A.M. (Contributor), Blagrave, A.J. (Contributor), & Vanderbom, K. (Contributor). (2019, July 17). Social justice in adapted physical education [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from http://mrmcnamaras.blogspot.com/2019/07/social-justice-in-adapted-physical.html.

 

Grants & Contracts


External Grants

7 total. 1 active; 1 completed; 1 submitted; 4 in preparation.

Research Grants/Contracts (Awarded, Active)

  1. Lee, J., Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (Co-I), & Zhang, T. Examining service providers’ perspectives toward physical activity in children on the autism spectrum. 11/2018 — 11/2019. ($500). Association for Applied Sport Psychology Student Seed Fund. Products: On-going.

Research Grants/Contracts (Awarded, Completed)

  1. Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (Lead PI). Dynamic systems approach to build motor skills in children with autism spectrum disorder. 01/2015 — 12/2015. ($1,000). Golden Key International Honor Society - 2014 Research Grant. Products: 1 published article, 5 presentations.

Research Grants/Contracts (Submitted)

  1. Mpofu, E., Holloway, L., Zhong, X., Ludi, S., Zhou, Z., Prybutok, G., Connors, P, Catalano, D., Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (co-PI; 10%), Carey, C., & Sanford, J. Smart Technologies for Inclusive Living Aging With Autism Spectrum Disorder (STILAS). 01/2020 — 12/2023. ($1,500,000). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Research Grants/Contracts (in preparation)

  1. Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (Lead PI), Dillon, S. R., Blagrave, A. J., & Healy, S. Physical activity of autistic adults (PA3). 04/2020 — 03/2023. ($300,000). National Institute of Health — R15 Mechanism. October Submission.

  2. Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (Lead PI), Callahan, K., & Donald, A. Gross motor milestones as a predictor of autism diagnosis in infancy. 06/2020 — 05/2022. ($275,000). National Institute of Health — R15 Mechanism. February Submission.

  3. Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (PI). Adapted: A definition for a fractured field. 08/2020 — 07/2021. ($60,000). National Endowment for the Humanities, Public Scholars Program.

  4. Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (PI). Amplifying the voices that matter. 08/2020 — 07/2021. ($n/a). New America National Fellowship.

Internal Grants

4 total. 1 active; 3 completed.

Research Grants/Contracts (Awarded, Active)

  1. Savage, M., & Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (co-PI; 50%). A mixed methods analysis on the effects of fitness classes on physical fitness performance outcomes for adults with intellectual disability. 10/2019 — 09/2020. ($10,000). UNT College of Education Collaborative Grant. Products: On-going.

Research Grants/Contracts (Awarded, Completed)

  1. Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (PI). Physical activity experiences of autistic adults. 02/2018 — 11/2018. ($7,150). UNT Office of Research and Economic Development. Products: 1 manuscript submission and 4 presentations.

  2. Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (PI). Summer Research. 05/2018 — 08/2018. ($5,000). UNT Provost’s Office. Products: 2 published articles and 2 presentations.

  3. Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (PI). A mixed methods analysis of a fundamental motor skill intervention for children with ASD. 06/2015 — 05/2017. ($972.50). University of Virginia Curry School of Education IDEA Dissertation Grant. Products: 1 dissertation, 2 publications and 6 presentations.

 

Papers Presented


Invited Presentations

3 total.

  1. Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (2018, Sept.). Task Modification to effectively build gross motor skills in autistic youth. Paper presented at the Northern California Autism Symposium, Chico, CA.

  2. Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (2018, July). Inclusion of autistic voices: Strategies to navigate the grey area of informed consent. Paper presented as a part of a panel at the 9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics and the Affiliated Conferences, Orlando, FL.

  3. Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (2016, June). Working with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Oral presentation at the Content Teaching Academy. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Peer-Reviewed Abstract Presentations

39 total, 2 accepted, 2 submitted.  (d)Mentorship of Doctoral Student; (s)Inclusion of Stakeholder. *Presenting author.


International 

14 total.

  1. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., Blagrave, A. J., & Healy, S. (2019, June). Lifetime physical activity experiences of autistic adults: A grounded theory study. Paper presented at the 2019 International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA), Charlottesville, VA.

  2. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., Block, M. E., (d)Zhang, X., & (d)Strehli, I. (2019, June). Common modifications for youth on the autism spectrum during motor and physical fitness assessment. Paper presented at the 2019 International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA), Charlottesville, VA.

  3. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., Blagrave, A. J., Vanderbom, K.. & McNamara, S. (2019, June). Participatory research: Improving adapted physical activity outcomes by including key stakeholders. Building session presented at the 2019 International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA), Charlottesville, VA.

  4. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., Blagrave, A., & Healy, S. (2019, May). A new grounded theory of physical activity participation in autistic adults: Preliminary findings. Paper presented at the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) 2019 annual meeting, Montreal, Canada.

  5. *Blagrave, A., & Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (2019, March). Experiences participating in community physical activity by families who have an autistic child: Findings and recommendations. Poster presented at the 2019 Pac Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Manoa, HI.

  6. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., & Block, M. E. (2018, August). A mixed methods analysis of a fundamental motor skill intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder. Paper presented at the MMIRA International Conference 2018, Vienna, Austria.

  7. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. & Block, M. E. (2018, May). A fundamental motor skill intervention using a dynamic systems approach. Paper presented at the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) 2018 annual meeting, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

  8. Colombo-Dougovito, A., & *Block, M. E. (2017, June). Task modifications to improve motor performance in children with ASD: A pilot study using a dynamic systems approach. Paper presented at the International Symposium for Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA) biannual conference, Daegu City, South Korea.

  9. *Blagrave, A. J., & Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2017, May). Facilitators and barriers to physical activity in the community in families with children who have autism spectrum disorder. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, San Francisco, CA.

  10. *Colombo-Dougovito, A., & Block, M. E. (2016, September). Parent perceptions of the physical ability of children with ASD: An excerpt from a mixed methods dissertation of a FMS intervention. Paper presented at the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (NAFAPA) biannual conference, Alberta, Canada.

  11. *Colombo-Dougovito, A., & Kelly, L. E. (2016, September). When we assess, do they understand? A pilot study to make assessments more accessible for children with ASD. Paper presented at the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (NAFAPA) biannual conference. Alberta, Canada.

  12. *Colombo-Dougovito, A., & Reeve, R. (2016, May). Analyzing how autism severity affects motor and social skills: An exploration using the SFARI Base dataset. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Baltimore, MD.

  13. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2014, October). Preservice adapted physical education teacher challenges when teaching motor skills to children with autism spectrum disorder. Poster presented at the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (NAFAPA) biannual conference, Ann Arbor, MI.

  14. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2014, October). Effect of gender and disability on gross motor performance in kindergarten children. Poster presented at the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (NAFAPA) biannual conference, Ann Arbor, MI.


National 

14 total; 2 accepted; 2 submitted.

  1. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., Blagrave, A. J., Vanderbom, K.. & McNamara, S. (2020, April). We are in this together: Improving research outcomes by including key stakeholders. Building session presented at the 2020 American Educational Research Association SIG93 Invisible College Meeting, San Francisco, CA. [Abstract accepted]

  2. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (2020, April). Designing Task Modifications to Improve Motor Skills of Autistic Children. Paper submitted for the 2020 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo, Salt Lake City, UT. [Abstract submitted]

  3. McNamara, S., *Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., (s)Ahrens, C., & (s)Weiner, B. (2020, April). Adapted Physical Educators’ Views Toward Educational Research. Paper submitted for the 2020 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo, Salt Lake City, UT. [Abstract submitted]

  4. *Blagrave, A. J., & Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (2018, November). What autistic adults say about their physical activity experiences and why we should listen. Paper presented at the 47th National Adapted Physical Education (APE) Conference (NAPEC), San Diego, CA. [Abstract accepted]

  5. Bishop, J., & *Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (2018, October). Measurement of physical activity of young adults on the autism spectrum. Paper presented at the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity 2018 bi-annual meeting, Corvallis, OR.

  6. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., & Lee. Ji. (2018, October). A systematic review of social skills common to physical activity-based interventions for individuals on the autism spectrum. Paper presented at the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity 2018 bi-annual meeting, Corvallis, OR.

  7. Blagrave, A. J., & *Colombo-Dougovito, A. M. (2018, October). Barriers to physical activity participation in the community for families with a child on the autism spectrum. Paper presented at the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity 2018 bi-annual meeting, Corvallis, OR.

  8. *Colombo-Dougovito, A., & Blagrave, A (2018, July). “Nothing about us, without us": A building session for using participatory design frameworks in adapted physical activity research. Paper presented at the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID) annual meeting, Arlington, VA.

  9. *(d)Lee, Jo., Colombo-Dougovito, A., & Zhang, T. (2018, July). Examining physical activity in children on the autism spectrum from service provider’s perspective. Paper presented in the Emerging Scholars Symposium at the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID) annual meeting, Arlington, VA.

  10. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2017, March). Task modifications to improve motor performance in children with ASD. Paper presented at SHAPE America annual national convention, Boston, MA.

  11. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., Kelly, L. E., & Block, M. E. (2016, August). The effect of task modifications on fundamental motor skills of children with ASD: Preliminary results of a pilot study. Paper presented in the Emerging Scholars Symposium at the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID) annual meeting, Tyson’s Corner, VA.

  12. *Colombo-Dougovito, A., Alexander, M., Douglas, M., Healy, S., & O’Neil, K. (2016, April). Practical strategies to successfully assess children with autism spectrum disorder. Paper presented at SHAPE America annual national convention, Minneapolis, MN.

  13. *Colombo-Dougovito, A., & Kelly, L. (2016, April). Developing modifications for assessment in children with ASD: Preliminary Results. Paper presented at SHAPE America annual national convention, Minneapolis, MN.

  14. *Colombo-Dougovito, A., & Block, M. (2016, February). Making task constraints work for you: Teaching motor skills to children with autism spectrum disorder. Paper presented at SHAPE America - Southern District annual convention, Williamsburg, VA.

  15. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2015, July). Utilizing a dynamic systems approach to building functional motor skills in children with ASD. Paper presented in the Emerging Scholars Symposium at the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID) annual meeting, Tyson’s Corner, VA.

  16. *Healy, S., & Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2015, March). Evaluating fidelity in online professional development for physical educators. Paper presented at SHAPE America annual national conference, Seattle, WA.

  17. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2014, June). Developing a protocol for use of the Test of Gross Motor Development, TGMD-2, with children with autism spectrum disorder. Paper presented in the Emerging Scholars Symposium at the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID) annual conference, Tyson’s Corner, VA.

  18. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2013, April). Comparison of fitness performance between children with and without ADHD. Poster presented at the AAHPERD National Convention Poster Session, Charlotte, NC.


Regional

11 total. 

  1. *Mpofu, E., Holloway, L., Zhong, X., Ludi, S., Shou, Z., … Colombo-Dougovito, A., … & Berhadsky, J. (2019, May). Smart technologies for inclusive living aging with autism spectrum disorder (STILAS). Poster presented at Enabling Health Technologies meeting, Denton, TX.

  2. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. M., & Blagrave, A. J. (2019, March). “Unless you deal with the sensory stuff, nothing else matters”: Autistic adult’s experiences with physical activity and recommendation for better inclusion. Paper presented at second annual Able, Active, and Adaptive Conference, College Station, TX.

  3. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2017, November). Improving motor performance in children with ASD using task modifications. Paper presented at Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance’s 94th Annual Conference, Fort Worth, TX.

  4. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2017, July). Importance of gross motor skill programming for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and strategies to be effective. Paper presented at the 9th Annual Adventures in Autism Intervention and Research Conference, Denton, TX.

  5. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2016, November). Designing Purposeful Task Modification to Improve the Success of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in P.E. Paper presented at VAHPERD annual conference, Midlothian, VA.

  6. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2016, February). The roll of dynamic systems theory in motor development research: How does theory inform practice and what are the implications for autism spectrum disorder? At Curry Research Conference, Charlottesville, VA.

  7. *Colombo-Dougovito, A., Healy, S., Wilson, J., & Jackson, T. (2015, March). Building a protocol for utilizing the TGMD-3 with children with autism spectrum disorder: Preliminary results. Paper presented at the Curry Research Conference, Charlottesville, VA.

  8. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. & Healy, S. (2014, November). Utilizing evidence-based practices to teach motor skills to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Paper presented at VAHPERD annual conference, Virginia Beach, VA.

  9. *Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2014, February). Evidence-based autism intervention strategies and their potential to develop motor skills. Paper presented at the Curry Research Conference, Charlottesville, VA.

  10. *Jackson, T., Healy, S., Hwan Koh, Y., Colombo-Dougovito, A., Judge, J, and Wang, B. (2014, February). Comparing selected international K-12 physical education programs. Poster presented at Curry Research Conference, Charlottesville, VA.

  11. *Colombo-Dougovito, A., & Healy, S. (2013, October). Theory to Practice: inclusive practices for physical education teachers. Paper presented at University of Virginia Curry Cup, Charlottesville, VA.

 

Journal Activities


Editorial Board

2019 — Present Revista de Sobama: Journal of the Brazilian Association of Adapted Motor Activity 

2017 — Present PALAESTRA

Reviewer

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

 

Honors & awards


2019, Elly D. Friedmann Young Professional Award from the International Federation for Adapted Physical Activity

2019 — 2020, Mentoring Micro-grant ($1,500) from the University of North Texas

2019, Travel Support ($1,000) from the University of North Texas

2018, Early Career Mentoring Workshop at the International Meeting for Autism Research

2017, Mary Catherine Ellwein Award from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia

2017, Adapted Physical Education/Activity Graduate Student of the Year from SHAPE America

2016, Linda K. Bunker Scholarship from the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Virginia

2010, Golden Key International Honor Society; Nominated & Inducted at the Western Michigan University

 

Membership & service in Professional Organizations


International Society for Autism Research (INSAR)

2019 — Present Co-leader, Special Interest Group: “Building on existing strengths and lessening current barriers to physical activity for autistic individuals across the lifespan”

2017 — Present Member

Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA)

2017 — Present: Member

International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA)

2017 — Present: Member

National Consortium for PE for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID)

2019 — 2021: Historian (Board of Directors)

2019 — 2022: Member, Legislative Committee

2018 — 2019: Chair, Membership Committee

2017 — 2019: Member-at-large (Board of Directors)

2018: Reviewer, Annual convention proposal abstracts

2018: Moderator, Annual convention

2014 — Present: Member

North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity

2016 — 2018: Student Representative (Board of Directors)

2018: Reviewer, Annual convention proposal abstracts

2018: Moderator, Annual convention

2014 — Present: Member

Society for Health and Physical Education in America (SHAPE America)

2019 — 2020: Chair-elect, Special Interest Group: “Adapted Physical Education Activity"

2017 — Present: Member, Annual Convention Program Committee

2014 — Present: Reviewer, Annual convention proposal abstracts

2009 — Present: Member

Texas Assoc. for Health, Physical Ed., Recreation & Dance (TAHPERD)

2017 — 2019: Member

Virginia Assoc. for Health, Physical Ed., Recreation & Dance (VAHPERD)

2015 — 2017: Member

Michigan Assoc. for Health, Physical Ed., Recreation & Dance (MAHPERD)

2009 — 2011: Member

 

Consulting


2019 — Present, Consultant (fee), UNT Workplace Inclusion & Sustainable Employment (UNTWISE) at theUniversity of North Texas in Denton, TX

2017 — Present, Faculty Liaison (service), Kristin Farmer Autism Center at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX

 

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 Certification (2017), Apple Teacher Program.

  • Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE) (2015), nationally certified as an expert in adapted physical education.

 

Instructional Activities


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.

Course Enrollment Totals (credit)

*updated existing course, **re-designed existing course, ***designed new course

UG = undergraduate level; G = graduate level

*Movement for Individuals with Disabilities (hybrid), UG, 7 semesters, 429 total enrollment, at UNT

**Research Methods in KHPR, G, 1 semester, 30 total enrollment, at UNT

Special Problems Research, UG, 1 semester, 1 total enrollment, at UNT

Fall 2019: Rishin Kersala, Robot-use to increase PA in autistic children

*CavEd Seminar, UG, 2 semesters, 26 total enrollment, at UVA

***PE for Children with ASD (online), UG/G, 1 semester, 11 total enrollment, at UVA

Invited Lectures and Symposia

16 total.

  1. Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2019, April). Motor Development of Children on the Autism Spectrum. EDSP 3410: Developmental Disabilities and Autism, University of North Texas.

  2. Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2019, March). Adapted Careers. KHPRos Student Meeting, University of North Texas.

  3. Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2015, February). Working with Individuals on the Spectrum. AutismSpeaks Club, University of Virginia.

  4. Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2015, November). Autism Spectrum Disorders. KINE 3210: Kinesiology for Individuals with Disabilities, University of Virginia.

  5. Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2015, November). Learning Disabilities. KINE 3210: Kinesiology for Individuals with Disabilities, University of Virginia.

  6. Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2015, October). Dynamic Systems and Task Constraints. Graduate Seminar in APE, University of Virginia.

  7. Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2015, October). Regression. KINE 5100: Assessment in Kinesiology, University of Virginia.

  8. Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2015, October). Data Collection. KINE 5100: Assessment in Kinesiology, University of Virginia.

  9. Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2015, March). Locomotor Skills. EDHS 3040/5040: Motor Development, University of Virginia.

  10. Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2015, March). Object Control Skills. EDHS 3040/5040: Motor Development, University of Virginia.

  11. Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2014, November). Behavior Management Strategies. KINE 5110: Elementary Teaching Methods, University of Virginia.

  12. Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2014, November). Youth Fitness. KINE 5110: Elementary Teaching Methods, University of Virginia.

  13. Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2014, March). Research Introduction. EDHS 2000: Intro to Kinesiology, University of Virginia.

  14. Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2014, March). Data Collection. EDHS 2000: Intro to Kinesiology, University of Virginia.

  15. Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2014, March). Evidence-based Practice. EDIS 5500: Survey of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Birth to Five, University of Virginia.

  16. Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2014, March). Teaching Children with ASD. EDIS 5500: Survey of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Birth to Five, University of Virginia.

Workshops

2 total.

  1. Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2019, June). Task modifications for building motor skills of autistic children. Practitioners and Researcher at ISAPA conference, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. 1.5 hour training.

  2. Colombo-Dougovito, A. (2019, January). Gross motor assessment and goal development. Administration and Behavioral Specialist at Kristin Farmer Autism Center, University of North Texas, Denton, TX. 4 hour training.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (UVA)

  • Practicum in Kinesiology Spring 2016, Fall 2016

  • Kinesiology for Individuals with Disabilities Fall 2015

  • Assessment in Kinesiology Fall 2015

  • Motor Development Spring 2015, 2016

  • Secondary Teaching Methods Spring 2015

  • Elementary Teaching Methods Fall 2014

  • Introduction to Kinesiology Fall 2013, Spring 2014

 

Graduate & Undergraduate Students Advised


UNT Graduate Student Research 

*Intended graduation.

Doctorate Students — Dissertation (Chair or Committee Member)

*2021: Caroline Henry-Packer, Ph.D. in Early Childhood, Committee Member (2 semester),

Proposal: TBD, Title: TBD

*2020: Joonyoung Lee, Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, (focus Sport Pedagogy & Motor Behavior), Committee Member (2 semester),

Proposal: October 2019,

Title: “Fundamental motor skills competence on underserved preschool children’s health outcomes: A mixed-methods approach”

*2020: Kay Shurtlieff, Ph.D. in Gifted Education, Committee Member (1 semester)

Proposal: August 2019; Defense: TBD

Title: “Teachers’ Attitudes toward Professional Development”

2018: Noel Jett, Ph.D. in Gifted Education, Committee Member (2 semesters)

Proposal: June 2018; Defense: October 2018

Title: “Radically early college entrants on radically early college entrance: A heuristic exploration”

Master’s Students — Thesis (Chair or Committee Member)

*2021: Zaquavia Bluitt, M.S. in Kinesiology, Chair (1 semester)

*2020: Georgina Vint, M.S. in Kinesiology, Chair (3 semester)

UNT Undergraduate Student Research

*Intended end date of project.

TAMS Research Project Advisor

2019 — *2020: Rishin Kesarla (on-going, 3 semesters)

 

Service to the University


University

2019 — 2021: Neurodiversity Committee (Invitation, UNT)

College

2019 — 2021: Scholarship Committee (Chair-nomination, UNT)

2016: Affiliate Mentor, Summer Undergraduate Research Program (UVA)

Department

2019 — 2022: Americans with Disabilities Act Representative (Elected, UNT)

2019 — 2021: Graduate Curriculum Committee (Elected, UNT)

2018 — 2021: Activity Program Committee (Elected, UNT)

2018 — 2020: Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (Elected, UNT)

2017 — 2020: Scholarship Committee (Elected, UNT)

2017 — Present: Member, Pediatric Movement & Physical Activity Lab (UNT)

 

Community Service


2014: Volunteer, Special Olympics, Swimming

2013: Volunteer, Move2Health.org

 

Other Relevant Professional Academic Information


2019: Organizer, Community Movie Event (DAMN Good Time!) in collaboration with Texas Woman’s University.

2018 — Present: Editor/Contributor, Meet Me in the Gym (Blog)

2018: NIH K-Award Workshop

2018 — 2019: 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