Research Overview

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Research in the Child Movement, Activity, and Developmental Health Laboratory takes a developmental perspective toward studying three complementary areas: motor skill acquisition, physical activity, and physical health and development in pediatric populations (primary 3 to 8 years old).

The lab seeks to:
1. Understand the developmental process of motor skill acquisition along with the underlying factors that shaped or that are influenced by a child’s ability to move.
2. Maximize physical activity, motor skills, and physical health and development in pediatric populations, both typical developing and those at-risk of developmental delays through the design and implementation of evidence-based interventions.
3. Investigate how these interventions contribute to other domains of child development - school/academic readiness (cognitive health) and self-perceptions/confidence (affective health).


The overarching goal of the Child Movement, Activity, and Developmental Health (CMAH) Laboratory is to promote movement while motivating children to be physically active with a developmentally appropriate interventions, CHAMP (i.e., the Children's Health Activity Motor Program) strives to ensure that children are healthy, active, and enters school ready to learn. We achieve this goal by using state-of-the-art assessments to research questions that contributes to understanding how motor skills/behaviors  and physical activity participation affects developmental trajectories of health in children.