Research and Scholarship

Below is a brief description of current research interests and a listing of some of the publications and grants received by faculty members in the Exercise Science and Physical Education Department:

Dr. Melissa Alexander's current research interests include teaching life skills to people with developmental disabilities through the use of physical activity, and perceptions of physical education teachers and inclusive classrooms/environments.

  • Some of Dr. Alexander's recent publications include:
    • Alexander, M.G.F. (2007) Sports and the Physically Challenged: Book Review. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 24(3) (invited)
    • Moffett, A.C., Alexander, M.G.F., & Dummer, G.M. (2006). Teaching social skill and assertiveness skills to students with disabilities. How to develop an understanding of differences among young people. Teaching Elementary Physical Education, 17(6), 43 - 47.


Dr. Domenica Desiderioscioli's current research interests are in History and Philosophy of Physical Education and Health, Teacher Education, Management and Fencing.

Dr. Michele Fisher's current research interests are in the field cardiovascular and environmental aspects of exercise physiology, prevention/management of coronary heart disease.

  • Some of Dr. Fisher's recent publications include:
    • DeCicco, P. & Fisher, M.  (2005).  The effects of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching on shoulder range of motion in overhand athletes.  Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 45(1), 183-187.
    • Fisher, M., & Wunderlich, S.  (2003).  Chapter 5: Health – Enhancing Behaviors in Health Counseling, Wadsworth & Thompson Publishing.


Dr. Marsha Grant-Ford's current research interests are in the field of Didactic and Clinical Athletic Training Education Curriculum Development, Culturally Competent Medical Care, Management and Care of Athletic Trauma, Diversity Issues in Sport.

  • Some of Dr. Grant-Ford's recent publications include:
    • Grant-Ford, M. (2007). Utilizing Web-Based Technology to Track Athletic Training Proficiencies.Athletic Therapy Today, 12(4).
    • Grant-Ford, M., & Middlemas, D. (2007). Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis in an Active Male Collegiate Student: A Case Report. Athletic Therapy Today, 12(1).
    • Middlemas, D.A., & Grant Ford, M.L. (2005). Teaching high risk clinical competencies: Two simulations to protect athletic training students and models. Athletic Therapy Today, 10(1), 23-25.
    • Grant-Ford, M . et al. (2003). Effect of a prophylactic brace on wrist and ulnocarpal joint biomechanics. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 31(5), 736-743.


Dr. Robert Gilbert's current research interests are in the field of Sports Psychology and Peak Performance, Motivational speaking.

Dr. Klara Gubacs-Collins' current research interests are in the field of Non-traditional Approaches to Teaching Games in the Activity Modules, including Badminton, Tennis, Soccer, Speedball, Volleyball, European handball; Teacher Education, Sociology of Sport and Physical Education.

  • Some of Dr. Gubacs Collins' recent publications include:
    • Gubacs-Collins, K., & Juniu, S. The Mobile Gymnasium. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. 80(2), 24-31.
    • Gubacs-Collins, K. (2007). Learning Accountability and Responsibility: The Gymnasium as a Metaphorfor Life. Strategies. (In Press for the Nov/Dec Issue).
    • Gubacs-Collins, K. (2007). Reflective pedagogy through action research: Implementing a tactical approach through action research. Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy, 122, 105-127.
    • Gubacs, K. (2004). Project Based Learning: A student-centered Approach to Implement Video Editing in Physical Education Teacher Education. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 75(7), 33-39.
    • Gubacs, K. (2004). Organized Chaos: Implementing an Invasion Games Unit. Strategies, 18(1) 21-26.
    • Gubacs, K. (2004). Implementing a Tactical Approach into a Net/Wall Games Unit. Journal of the Florida Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 42(2), 8-10.


Dr. Robert Horn's research interests are in the field of the role of relative motion in the perception of demonstrated task dynamics and observational motor learning.

  • Some of Dr. Horn's recent publications include:
    • Horn, R.R., Williams, A.M., Hodges, N.J., Hayes, S.J. & Scott, M.A. (2007). Demonstration as a rate scaler: the facilitative role of demonstration in early skill acquisition. Journal of Sports Sciences, 25, 599-614.
    • Hayes, S.J., Hodges, N.J., Scott, M.A., Horn , R.R., and Williams, A.M. (2007). The efficacy of point light demonstrations in teaching children an unfamiliar movement: effects of perceptual training and task constraints. Journal of Sports Sciences, 25, 559-575.
    • Hodges , N.J. , Hayes, S.J., Eaves, D.,Horn, R.R. & Williams, A.M. (2006). End-point trajectory matching as a method for teaching kicking skills. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 37, 230-247.
    • Hayes, S., Hodges, N.J., Scott, M.A., Horn, R.R. & Williams, A.M. (2006). Scaling a motor skill through observation and practice. Journal of Motor Behavior, 38, 357-366.
    • Hodges , N.J. , Hayes, S.J, Horn, R.R., & Williams, A.M. (2005). Changes in coordination, control and outcome as a result of extended practice with the non-dominant foot on a soccer skill. Ergonomics, 48, 1672-1685.
    • Horn, R.R., Williams, A.M., Scott, M.A. & Hodges, N.J. (2005). Visual search and coordination changes in response to video and point-light demonstrations without KR motion. Journal of Motor Behavior, 37, 265-275.
    • Horn, R.R., Williams, A.M. & Scott, M.A. (2002). Learning from demonstrations: the role of visual search during observational learning from video and point-light models. Journal of Sports Sciences, 20, 253-269.
  • Book Chapters
    • Hayes, S.J., Horn, R.R., & Hodges, N.J., Scott, M.A., & Williams, A.M. (2005). The relative effects of demonstrations and outcome information in the teaching of novel motor skills. In T. Reilly, J. Cabri, & D. Araujo (Eds.) Scienece & Football V (pp.622-625). London: Taylor & Francis.
    • Horn, R.R., Williams, A.M. (2004). Observational learning: is it time we took another look? In A.M. Williams, N.J. Hodges (Eds.), Skill Acquisition in Sport: Research, Theory and Practice (pp 175-206). London: Routledge.
    • Scott. M.A., Williams, A.M. & Horn, R.R. (2003). The coordination of kicking techniques in children. In G. Savelsbergh, K. Davids, J. van der Kamp, & S. Bennett (Eds), Development of Movement Coordination in Children: Applications in the Field of Ergonomics, Health Sciences and Sport (pp. 241-250). London: Routledge.
    • Williams, A.M., Horn, R.R. & Hodges, N. J. (2002). Skill acquisition. In T. Reilly and A.M. Williams (Eds.), Science and Soccer (2nd ed., pp. 198-213). London:Routledge.


Dr. Susana Juniu's research interests are in the field of Qualitative and Quantitative Research, Psychosocial aspects of Leisure Behavior, and Educational Technology.

  • Some of Dr. Juniu's recent publications include:
    • Juniu, S. (2009, in press). Computer mediated parent-teacher communication. Lacomunicación entre padre-maestro mediada por computadoras. RevistaElectrónica: Actualidades Investigativas en Educación, 9(3).
    • Juniu, S. (2009, in press). The Transformation of Leisure. Leisure/Loisir, 33(2).
    • Juniu, S. (2009). Designing a Technology-based Curriculum for Health-Related Physical Fitness. The Reporter, (80)1, 20 - 25.
    • Gubacs-Collins, K., & Juniu, S. (2009). The Mobile Gymnasium. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 80(2), 24-31.
    • Leopold, D., & Juniu, S. (2008). Incorporating a spiritual component into the health education aspects of a physical (activity) education program. The Physical Educator, 65(4), 208-221.
    • Juniu, S. (2008). Navegando el Internet: Un análisis psicosocial de su impacto en el ocio y en la participación social. ADOZ. Revista de Estudios de Ocio, (32), 83-91.
    • Juniu, S. (2008). Surfing the Internet: A psychosocial analysis of the Internet and its impact on leisure. ADOZ. Journal of Leisure Studies, (32), 93-101.
    • Juniu, S. (2008). Transformando nuestro comportamiento mecánico: La recuperación del ocio. In M. J. Monte (Ed.), La experiencia de ocio: una mirada científica desde los Estudios de Ocio. Documentos de Estudios de Ocio N35, (pp. 67-79). Spain: Instituto del Ocio of Leisure Studies at the University of Deusto.
    • Juniu, S. (2004). La medicina impulsa al e-learning. eLearning America Latina: La revista digital de e-learning de América Latina, 2(41).
    • Amesty, S., Juniu, S., & Boccher-Lattimore, D. (2003). Analyzing factors affecting physical activity and the impact on diabetes in an urban Latino community. Journal of Urban Health, 80(2), ii43.
    • Juniu, S. (2003, October). Implementing Wireless Technology In The Classroom: The Ipaq Project. College Planning and Management, 6(10), 38-39.


Dr. Carolyn A. Masterson's current research interests are in the field of Secondary and Special Education of Health and Physical Education, Management of Health and Physical Education, Supervision of Students in Field Experiences.

  • Some of Dr. Masterson's recent publications include:
    • Masterson, C. (forthncoming 2008). Physical Fitness. In N.J. Dougherty (Ed.), Physical activity and sport for the secondary school student (6th Ed.). AAHPERD Publications: Reston, VA.
    • Masterson, C. Panacucci, J., & Hunt, L., (2007). Adventure Curriculum and Physical Fitness. Beverly, MA: Project Adventure, Inc.
    • Masterson, & C. Flynn, S. (2006). Teaching fitness concepts in tough situations. Journal for the teaching of elementary physical education, 17(4), 32-37.
    • Masterson, C. (2005). Urban students’ feelings about physical activity, physical fitness, and physical education. The NJAHPERD Reporter.
    • Masterson, C., & Walkuski, J. (2005). Developing health-related fitness: it takes more than a week! FITNESSGRAM: part 2. Strategies, 18(3), 35-38.
    • Masterson, C., & Walkuski, J. (2004). Critical elements and cues. Strategies, 18(2), 35-38.
    • Masterson, C., (2004).Urban Students’ Feelings about Physical Activity, Physical Fitness and Physical Education. Proceedings for II International Conference on Physical Education Journal. July 7-10, 2004, Hong Kong, China.
    • Masterson, C., Chen, M.K., & Yang, J. (2003). Connections between Physical Education and Physical Best in Hong Kong (China) - An Alternative New Model of Innovative Teaching in Health-related Fitness in Asia. The Journal of the International Council of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 31(3).
    • Masterson, C. (2003). Go for the gold: Teaching educational gymnastics.The Teaching of Physical Education, 14(6), 6-11.


Dr. David Middlemas' current research interests are in the field of Athletic Training, Statistics, Research.

  • Some of Dr. Middlemas' recent publications include:
    • Middlemas, DA, Hensal C. Issues in selecting methods of evaluating clinical competence in Athletic Training from the experience of medicine and allied health. Athletic Training Education Journal, 4(3): 109-116, 2009.
    • Rehberg RS, Gazzillo Diaz L, Middlemas DA. Classroom versus computer-based CPR training: A comparison of the effectiveness of two instructional methods, Athletic Training Education Journal, 4(3): 98-103, 2009.
    • Middlemas, DA, Basilicato J, Prybicien M, Savoia J, Bidoglio J. Incorporating Gaming Technology into Athletic Injury Rehabilitation. Journal of Athletic Training and Sports Health Care 1(2), March/April 2009.
    • Kang, MN, Rizio L, Prybicien M, Middlemas D, Blacksin MF; The Accuracy of Subacromial Corticosteroid Injections: A Comparison of Multiple Methods, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 17: 61s-66S, 2008.
    • Middlemas, D.A. (2007). Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type I in a ten year old: A case report. Athletic Therapy Today,12(3).
    • Grant Ford, M. , & Middlemas, D.A. (2007). Deep Vein Thrombosis in an active collegiate male: A case report. Athletic Therapy Today,12(1).
    • Middlemas, D.A., & Grant Ford, M.L. (2005). Teaching high risk clinical competencies: Two simulations to protect athletic training students and models. Athletic Therapy Today, 10(1), 23-25.
    • Lennon, P., & Middlemas, D.A. (2005). The Cultural Maelstrom of School Change, School Administrator.
    • Middlemas DA, Manning, JM, Gazzillo, LM, and Young, J,. (2001). Predicting Performance on the NATABOC Certification Examination from GPA and Number of Clinical Hours. Journal of Athletic Training, 36(2), 136-140.
    • Gazzillo LM, Middlemas DA,. (2001). Therapeutic Massage Techniques for Three Common Injuries. Athletic Therapy Today, 6(3), 5-9.
  • Book Chapters
    • Middlemas, D.A. ( 2007). Abdominal and Pelvic Injuries. In R. S Rehberg, (Ed) Sports Emergency Care. Slack Incorporated.
    • Middlemas, D.A. ( 2007). Unconsciousness and Seizures. In R. S Rehberg, (Ed) Sports Emergency Care. Slack Incorporated.


Dr. William Sullivan's current research interests are in the field of Exercise Physiology, First Aid, and Biomechanics of strength and flexibility training.