Developmental Cascades: The Ecological Side of Motor Development

Maria J. Ayoub is a third year PhD candidate in the Rehabilitation Sciences program at Boston University. She conducts her research in the BU Motor Development Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Simone V. Gill. Her work utilizes a balanced Ecological Psychology/Neurocentric approach, and her interests are rooted in motor development and performance, both across the lifespan and within the context of neurodevelopmental disorders. Her current research analyzes the interactions between motor performance and cognition among neurotypical children, autistic children*, and adults with severe mental illness. For her dissertation work, Maria will utilize functional near-infrared spectroscopy to examine differences in cognitive-motor performance between neurotypical and autistic children* during dual-task walking. Outside of the lab, Maria enjoys pursuing volunteer work with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, and serves as a committee member on the Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity.  

Prior to pursuing a PhD, Maria received her B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2018. She spent her undergraduate years as a research assistant in the UMD Cognitive Motor Neuroscience Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Rodolphe J. Gentili. 

*As an ally of the autism community, Maria utilizes identity-first language in accordance with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

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Article: Motor Development: Embodied, Embedded, Enculturated, and Enabling

Education: A Weapon to Confront Race and Racism.

Amand L. Hardiman is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Utah State University (USU). His research interests focus on: (a) the sense of belonging of minoritized students in sport and higher education, (b) student-athlete identity, (c) organizational effectiveness, and (d) leadership development. He devotes time to diversity, equity, and inclusion work as a founding member of the Graduate Students of Color Association (GSCA) and serving on several diversity committees at both the department and university level. Before pursuing his doctoral studies at USU, Amand obtained his Master of Education in Higher Education Administration and Bachelor of Science in Sport Management at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Alongside his academic endeavors, Amand has experience in basketball coaching (i.e., high school and college) and is now the founder and executive director of LearnYou Academy, which focuses on skill development, identity development and academic enrichment in youth sport. He is a children’s book author, co-authoring Adam: A story about roots, racism, and friendship and is an aspiring motivational speaker. 

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Article:

Race without Racism: How Higher Education Researchers Minimize Racist
Institutional Norms

Book: Adam: A story about roots, racism, and friendship

Research Methodology: Tips for Graduate Students

Laura is a PhD Candidate at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. She is interested in programming, reproducibility, and open science practices. Her dissertation focuses on the effects of interactions on motor learning and retention, and her MSc thesis from the University of Ottawa investigated observational learning. Laura loves to talk about statistics and research methods and thinks that working with R is super fun!

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Article:

Underpowered and Overworked: Problems With Data Analysis in Motor Learning Studies

“Feedback Given Is Not Feedback Received”

Rob Mason is a recent graduate from the University of Melbourne (Victoria, Australia). His PhD thesis focused on coach-athlete verbal feedback, with a focus on elite-level team sports. He is particularly interested in the reception of feedback by athletes, and the way that feedback changes based on the context in which it is given. He also works as a coach developer with an Australian Football League team, where he provides support to coaches around their use of feedback and teaching strategies.

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A review of the use of a systematic observation method in coaching research between 1997 and 2016

Coaching cues in amateur boxing: An analysis of ringside feedback provided between rounds of competition

Perceptive Measures in Sports Science

Adam is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Human Functioning and Rehabilitation Science at The University of Vermont (UVM). For his Ph.D., Adam is focused on learning more about relationships between perceptive measures, such as the rating of perceived exertion (RPE), and sport-specific performance outcomes in athletes. He also serves as the Sports Science Coordinator at UVM where organizes the collection, interpretation, visualization, and applied integration of physiological data from the Men’s Ice Hockey and Men’s Basketball teams.

Prior to UVM, Adam was the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach (2013-2015) and Sport Scientist (2015-2019) for the New York Rangers.

Through his personal brand, Adam also creates tools and sports science resources including Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets tutorials, plug-and-play sheets/files, and infographics. You can find all of that at his website, adamvirgile.com.

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Recent Publication: A Narrative Review of Limb Dominance

Article: A new approach to monitoring exercise training

The Complexity of Tackle Related Injuries in Rugby League

Mike is a lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science and Sport Performance courses at Leeds Beckett University in the UK. Currently Mike is completing a PhD on tackle injury mechanisms in elite rugby league and is also a performance analyst for the England Korfball national team. Mike has previously worked as a graduate teaching assistant within Leeds Beckett, a biomechanics research assistant at University of Central Lancashire and a strength and conditioning coach at elite rugby league club. Mike has a strong interest in performance analysis and is currently utilising video analysis methodology within research to better understand dynamic, open natured events, such as the tackle event in rugby league. Mike has previously presented at the International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport conference in Budapest, Hungary, winning the Routledge young researcher of year award at the conference. He currently has two studies from his PhD in the final processes of publication in peer review journals. 

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Article:

Mechanisms and Factors Associated With Tackle-Related Injuries in South African Youth Rugby Union Players

The Assessment and Development of Speed in Junior Australian Football with Toby Edwards

Toby Edwards is a 3rd year PhD candidate and sessional tutor at The University of Notre Dame Australia. His PhD research explores the assessment and development of sprint acceleration and horizontal force-velocity-power characteristics in junior Australian football players. Toby is also the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the South Fremantle Football Club junior development program.

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A comparison of the physical and anthropometric qualities explanatory of talent in the elite junior Australian football development pathway

Predicting higher selection in elite junior Australian Rules football: The influence of physical performance and anthropometric attributes

Sprint Acceleration Characteristics Across the Australian Football Talent Pathway

Sprint acceleration force-velocity-power characteristics in drafted vs non-drafted junior Australian football players: Preliminary results