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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.

Presenter(s)

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.

Dr. Lauren Lieberman is a Distinguished Service Professor in Kinesiology at the College at Brockport. She taught at the Perkins School for the Blind for five years prior to obtaining her Ph.D. at Oregon State University. Since 1996 she has been director of Camp Abilities a developmental sports camp for children with visual impairments. To date Dr. Lieberman and her collaborators have conducted dozens of descriptive and intervention research studies related to physical activity and children with visual impairments, including a book on how to start sports programs for children with visual impairments.

Dr. Melanie Perreault joined the faculty of the College at Brockport in 2015 after serving as assistant professor at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Perreault completed her Ph.D. in Physical Education with an emphasis in Motor Behavior from the University of South Carolina in 2013. Her main areas of research concern the impact of different attentional foci on motor learning in children and imagery use in allied health settings. Dr. Perreault is also involved in research examining project-based learning within physical education and imagery ability of individuals with visual impairments. Currently, she teaches undergraduate Motor Learning, Motor Development, and Introduction to Kinesiology. She also teaches Research and Evaluation and Synthesis Project Seminar in the department’s graduate programs.

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.

Alex Farrell is a first year graduate student at The College at Brockport pursuing a Master’s Degree in Adapted Physical Education. Alex has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education also from The College at Brockport. He is an avid lover of being active and working with children which is why Physical Education seemed to be a perfect fit. Having the opportunity to teach and observe in a variety of different settings around Rochester has allowed him to better appreciate diverse individuals.

Kristi Lane is a first year graduate student at The College at Brockport pursuing a Master’s Degree in Adapted Physical Education. Kristi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and holds teaching certifications for K-12 Health Education, Physical Education, and Adapted Physical Education in the state of Wisconsin. She has a passion for working with students with disabilities, and recently attended four different Camp Abilities, sports camps for youth with visual impairments. In the future, Kristi plans to be an Adapted Physical Education teacher, or work for a school for the Blind.

Lauren Bates is currently a senior at The College at Brockport majoring in Exercise Science with a minor in Biology. She plans on continuing her education to become a Physician Assistant specializing in Pediatrics. Lauren has been a certified Emergency Medicine Technician since August 2016, and is currently working as a patient care technician at Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua, NY. She is a three-sport varsity athlete and captain at Brockport running cross-country, indoor and outdoor track and volunteered as a coach for Girls on the Run (an after school running group teaching girls how to be confident and live a healthy lifestyles).

Chelsea Jentsch is a senior at The College at Brockport studying Exercise Science with minors in Psychology and Biology. She has been recognized on the President’s List for achieving a 4.0 GPA for 3 semesters, and the Dean’s List with Honors for her other 3 semesters. Chelsea is currently performing research examining arterial stiffness in individuals, including elementary school children, college students, and children with visual impairments.

Rising senior, Jennifer VanEtten, is an undergraduate student at The College at Brockport where she is dual majoring in Kinesiology and Psychology with a Biology minor. Jennifer has been assisting the research of Dr. Pamela Beach since January of 2017. Since joining this lab she has been involved in more than five studies, one of which she orally presented at SUNY Brockport during the annual Scholars Day. Another recent study took her to Dallas, Texas to collaborate with The American Foundation for The Blind for an intervention program. Jennifer has also interned as an assistant researcher in the kinesiology lab of Dr. Jane Clark at The University of Maryland during the summer of 2017.

Lindsay Ball obtained a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Rehab Services and is working toward a second Bachelor’s degree in Adaptive Physical Education. Currently, she is the Vice President of the Maine Organization of Blind Athletic and Leadership Education and helps put on Sports Education Camps for blind and visually impaired athletes in Maine. In the future, she would like to work in the field of APE to help students with disabilities reach their potential as it relates to athletics and physical fitness.

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Oct 5th, 11:00 AM Oct 5th, 12:15 PM

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

Seymour College Union, Room 228

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.