chat 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.


Professional Experience

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


Scholarly Publication Record

Data-Based or Theoretically Refereed Papers


She’s a lady; he’s an athlete; they have overcome: Portrayals of gender and disability in the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games
Journal of Sport Media
“I mean I hate to say it's sink or swim, but…”: College course instructors’ perceptions of the adapted physical education content that they prioritize and teach.
Sport Education & Society
“Just invite us”: Autistic adults’ recommendations for developing more accessible physical activity opportunities
Autism in Adulthood
Social skill outcomes following physical activity-based interventions for individuals on the autism spectrum: A scoping review spanning young childhood through young adulthood
Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
A grounded theory of adoption and maintenance of physical activity among autistic adults
A multiple method review of accommodations to standardized assessments commonly used with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum
Adapted physical educators perceptions of educational research
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Building rapport: Improve interviews to capture detailed responses from parents of children with disabilities
The effect of task modifications on the fundamental motor skills of boys on the autism spectrum
Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
Fundamental motor skill interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder: A literature review
Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Community barriers to physical activity for families with a child with autism spectrum disorder.
Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders
A practical guide to the development of an online course in adapted physical education.
Exploring the effect of gender and disability on gross motor performance in kindergarten children.
The Physical Educator
Exploring the Interaction of Motor and Social Skills With Autism Severity Using the SFARI Dataset
Perceptual and Motor Skills
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 & Human Development
Effectiveness of quality physical education in improving students’ manipulative skill competency.
Journal of Sport and Health Science
Make task constraints work for you: Teaching object control skills to students with autism spectrum disorder.
Journal of Physical Education Recreation & Dance
“Try to do the best you can”: How pre-service APE specialists experience teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
International Journal of Special Education
Inclusive and effective adapted physical education: Meeting the needs of each student.
Successful intervention strategies for autism spectrum disorder and their use for the development of motor skills in physical education.
Comparison of physical fitness performance between elementary-age students with and without attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The Physical Educator

Data-Based or Theoretically Refereed Papers in Review or Preparation


Book Chapters

Non-traditional Publications (Non-referred)

Grants & Contracts



Papers Presented



Peer-Reviewed Abstract Presentations

International, National, & Regional Presentations Included


Affinity-based teaching: Modifying tasks to improve autistic youth motor outcomes.
Apr 13, 2021
In this together: Creating impactful partnerships between teachers and researchers.
Apr 13, 2021
'Not everybody enjoys physical activity': A qualitative Twitter study of the barriers experienced by autistic adults
Feb 25, 2021
She’s a Lady; He’s an Athlete; They have overcome: Portrayals of Gender and Disability in the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
Aug 22, 2020
Using a Socially Assistive Robot to Engage Children in Physical Activity: An Analysis of “What’s Possible” Using a Participatory Design Framework.
May 8, 2020
A conversation on Twitter: Autistic adults perspectives on physical activity.
May 8, 2020
Adapted Physical Educators’ Views Toward Educational Research.
Apr 10, 2020
Participatory research: Improving adapted physical activity outcomes by including key stakeholders.
Jun 21, 2019
Common modifications for youth on the autism spectrum during motor and physical fitness assessment.
Jun 21, 2019
Lifetime physical activity experiences of autistic adults: A grounded theory study.
Jun 21, 2019
Smart technologies for inclusive living aging with autism spectrum disorder (STILAS).
May 11, 2019
A new grounded theory of physical activity participation in autistic adults: Preliminary findings.
May 10, 2019
Experiences participating in community physical activity by families who have an autistic child: Findings and recommendations.
Mar 15, 2019
“Unless you deal with the sensory stuff, nothing else matters”: Autistic adult’s experiences with physical activity and recommendation for better inclusion.
Mar 1, 2019
What autistic adults say about their physical activity experiences and why we should listen.
Nov 3, 2018
A systematic review of social skills common to physical activity-based interventions for individuals on the autism spectrum.
Oct 3, 2018
Measurement of physical activity of young adults on the autism spectrum.
Oct 3, 2018
Barriers to physical activity participation in the community for families with a child on the autism spectrum.
Oct 2, 2018
A mixed methods analysis of a fundamental motor skill intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder.
Aug 25, 2018
“Nothing about us, without us": A building session for using participatory design frameworks in adapted physical activity research.
Jul 6, 2018
Examining physical activity in children on the autism spectrum from service provider’s perspective.
Jul 5, 2018
A fundamental motor skill intervention using a dynamic systems approach.
May 11, 2018
Improving motor performance in children with ASD using task modifications.
Nov 18, 2017
Importance of gross motor skill programming for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and strategies to be effective.
Jul 29, 2017
Task modifications to improve motor performance in children with ASD: A pilot study using a dynamic systems approach.
Jun 30, 2017
Facilitators and barriers to physical activity in the community in families with children who have autism spectrum disorder.
May 5, 2017
Task modifications to improve motor performance in children with ASD.
Mar 22, 2017
Designing Purposeful Task Modification to Improve the Success of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in P.E.
Nov 12, 2016
When we assess, do they understand? A pilot study to make assessments more accessible for children with ASD
Sep 2, 2016
Parent perceptions of the physical ability of children with ASD: An excerpt from a mixed methods dissertation of a FMS intervention
Sep 2, 2016
The effect of task modifications on fundamental motor skills of children with ASD: Preliminary results of a pilot study.
Aug 5, 2016
Analyzing how autism severity affects motor and social skills: An exploration using the SFARI Base dataset.
May 13, 2016
Practical strategies to successfully assess children with autism spectrum disorder.
Apr 3, 2016
Developing modifications for assessment in children with ASD: Preliminary Results.
Apr 2, 2016
The roll of dynamic systems theory in motor development research: How does theory inform practice and what are the implications for autism spectrum disorder?
Feb 26, 2016
Making task constraints work for you: Teaching motor skills to children with autism spectrum disorder.
Feb 11, 2016
Utilizing a dynamic systems approach to building functional motor skills in children with ASD.
Jul 11, 2015
Building a protocol for utilizing the TGMD-3 with children with autism spectrum disorder: Preliminary results.
Mar 27, 2015
Evaluating fidelity in online professional development for physical educators.
Mar 7, 2015
Utilizing evidence-based practices to teach motor skills to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Nov 1, 2014
Effect of gender and disability on gross motor performance in kindergarten children
Oct 3, 2014
Preservice adapted physical education teacher challenges when teaching motor skills to children with autism spectrum disorder.
Oct 3, 2014
Developing a protocol for use of the Test of Gross Motor Development, TGMD-2, with children with autism spectrum disorder.
Jun 21, 2014
Comparison of fitness performance between children with and without ADHD.
Apr 3, 2014
Comparing selected international K-12 physical education programs.
Feb 14, 2014
Evidence-based autism intervention strategies and their potential to develop motor skills.
Feb 14, 2014
Theory to Practice: inclusive practices for physical education teachers
Oct 28, 2013

Journal Activities

Editorial Board


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


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.

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