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Research in Diversity―Highlighting findings on individuals with visual impairments (Panel)

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Our presentation will highlight the current research regarding physical and psychological health among children and adolescents with visual impairments. Specifically, our panel of students and faculty from across disciplines will discuss the impact of several recent studies on this population, as well as the importance of including diverse populations in the research process. In addition, our panelists will discuss the urgent need for continued research pertaining to physical and psychological health among this particular population. Faculty and students are from the Departments of Psychology and Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education. We will discuss topics such as barriers to physical activity, the impact of physical activity and sedentary behavior on health, motor development and balance, and the impact of bullying on psychological outcomes.

GOAL/OUTCOME #1 Highlight findings in current research among children/adolescents with visual impairments.

GOAL/OUTCOME #2 Discuss the impact of this research on overall health among this population.

GOAL/OUTCOME #3 Demonstrate the need for further research within diverse populations.

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Our presentation will highlight the current research regarding physical and psychological health among children and adolescents with visual impairments. Specifically, our panel of students and faculty from across disciplines will discuss the impact of several recent studies on this population, as well as the importance of including diverse populations in the research process. In addition, our panelists will discuss the urgent need for continued research pertaining to physical and psychological health among this particular population. Faculty and students are from the Departments of Psychology and Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education. We will discuss topics such as barriers to physical activity, the impact of physical activity and sedentary behavior on health, motor development and balance, and the impact of bullying on psychological outcomes.

GOAL/OUTCOME #1 Highlight findings in current research among children/adolescents with visual impairments.

GOAL/OUTCOME #2 Discuss the impact of this research on overall health among this population.

GOAL/OUTCOME #3 Demonstrate the need for further research within diverse populations.

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Brooke Starkoff, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies, & Physical Education, The College at Brockport Dr. Brooke Starkoff, assistant professor of exercise science. earned her PhD in kinesiology from The Ohio State University. Her research focus examines the impact of obesity and sedentary behavior on the cardiovascular health of children and adolescents. Dr. Starkoff is also a member of the Institute of Movement Studies for Individuals with Visual Impairment.

Pamela Beach, PhD, Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies, & Physical Education, The College at Brockport Dr. Pamela Beach, professor of kinesiology, earned her PhD in kinesiology with a specialization in motor behavior and a minor in gerontology at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Beach established the Institute of Movement Studies for Individuals with Visual Impairment. Her research focuses upon balance and gross motor assessments with children with visual impairments and publishes articles, books and videos on her work and presents at national and international conferences. She has also published the book Gross Motor Development Curriculum through the American Printing House for the Blind.

Jennifer Ratcliff, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, The College at Brockport Dr. Jennifer Ratcliff, associate professor of Psychology, received her PhD in social psychology from Ohio University and completed post-doctoral training at Harvard University. Dr. Ratcliff’s research focuses on understanding the processes by which individuals develop and maintain positive and negative attitudes toward marginalized groups. Her current work examines the role of bullying in posttraumatic growth—positive psychological change following trauma. She received the Kathy Mangione Award for Diversity Engagement for her engagement with students from underrepresented groups in scholarly activity, and for promoting social equity and inclusion on campus and in the broader community.

Jenna Sherwood, Double Major in Exercise Science and Kinesiology, The College at Brockport Jenna Sherwood is from a small town about 45 minutes north of Syracuse. She is currently double majoring in both exercise science and kinesiology. Ms. Sherwood enjoys learning about how exercise can be used to treat medical issues and aid in everyday activities of daily life―especially as one grows older or has physical limitations. She is finishing up her last semester of classes this fall and will be interning at a Cardiac Rehab facility in the spring. After her internship, she plans to move back to the Syracuse area and pursue a career in cardiac rehab and eventually return to school for graduate study.

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Research in Diversity―Highlighting findings on individuals with visual impairments (Panel)

Our presentation will highlight the current research regarding physical and psychological health among children and adolescents with visual impairments. Specifically, our panel of students and faculty from across disciplines will discuss the impact of several recent studies on this population, as well as the importance of including diverse populations in the research process. In addition, our panelists will discuss the urgent need for continued research pertaining to physical and psychological health among this particular population. Faculty and students are from the Departments of Psychology and Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education. We will discuss topics such as barriers to physical activity, the impact of physical activity and sedentary behavior on health, motor development and balance, and the impact of bullying on psychological outcomes.

GOAL/OUTCOME #1 Highlight findings in current research among children/adolescents with visual impairments.

GOAL/OUTCOME #2 Discuss the impact of this research on overall health among this population.

GOAL/OUTCOME #3 Demonstrate the need for further research within diverse populations.