I-MDRC Organizing Committee
*Listed in alphabetical order
Lisa Barnett, PhD
Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)
School of Health & Social Development, Faculty of Health, Deakin University
Ali Brian, PhD
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Jane E. Clark, PhD
Department of Kinesiology
School of Public Health
University of Maryland, College Park
Jane's research focuses on understanding on the development of motor control and coordination in infants and young children. Jane's passion is to help children achieve the competence and confidence to be physically active throughout their lives.
Nancy Getchell, PhD
Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology
University of Delaware
Over the course of my research career, I have investigated changes in motor development and control in typically developing adults and children as well as a variety of populations with motor deficits: individuals with specific learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental coordination disorder (DCD).
Jackie Goodway, PhD
Department of Human Sciences
The Ohio State University
Jackie's research agenda focuses on issues associated with the evaluation and promotion of motor skill development and physical activity interventions in young children from disadvantaged communities. Additionally examining the relationship between physical activity and motor competence.
Matthieu Lenoir, PhD
Department of Movement and Sports Sciences
Gent University, Belgium
Matthieu’s research focuses on the determinants of motor competence in children and adolescents of different levels of skill, ranging from children with movement difficulties to young high-performance athletes.
Vitor Lopes, PhD
Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal
Vitor’s research interest are in physical activity and health; motor development; growth, maturation and motor performance. The main actual topic of research is the dynamic associations among motor competence, perceived motor competence, physical activity, and physical fitness and its relation with health.
Leah E. Robinson, PhD
School of Kinesiology
Research Associate Professor, Center for Human Growth and Development
Director, Child Movement, Activity, and Developmental Health Lab
Leah seeks to understand motor skill acquisition and how to interventions maximize motor skills, and physical health & development to support positive developmental trajectories in pediatric populations.
Luis Paulo Rodrigues, PhD
Adjunct Professor and Director
School of Sports and Leisure
Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo
Research Center in Sports Sciences, Health and Human Development (CIDESD)
David F. Stodden, PhD, CSCS
Director, Human Performance & Development Laboratory
Department of Physical Education
University of South Carolina
Dr. Stodden focuses on the need to address and understand mechanisms and casual pathways related to various aspects of health and development across the lifespan. In addition, his work focuses on the development of coordination and control in ballistic motor skills.
Dale A. Ulrich, PhD
Director, Center on Physical Activity & Health in Pediatric Disabilities
School of Kinesiology
University of Michigan
Dale’s research focus is on motor behavior & development in infants & children with Down syndrome and autism; assessment of motor behavior & development in children; designing & testing interventions to maximize physical activity, motor skill development & health, and quality of life in all children.
Nadia Cristina Valentini, PhD
Full Professor and Head of the Graduate Program
School of Physical Education, Physical Therapy and Dance
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Nadia’s research focuses on the environmental and biological risk factors that affect the development of motor skills in infants and young children, with a special emphasis on unprivileged children and children with movement difficulties. Additionally, she investigates the organization of teaching and learning climates in compensatory programs for children with delays and in schools settings.
Kip Webster, PhD
Institute of Public and Preventive Health
Augusta University, Augusta, GA
Dr. Webster’s research interests are focused on physical activity behaviors and fundamental motor skill competency in pediatric populations. Her research involves school or early childhood education-based programs that target positive health-related outcomes, such as reducing childhood obesity and increasing physical activity, fitness, motor skill competency, and psychological variables related to health. Her recent research has examined the relationship between physical activity/ motor skill competency to screen-time behaviors, academic achievement, as well as early childhood education center and school policies that directly relate to improving pediatric health.