• Kristi S. Menear’s professional disciplinary background is in special education and adapted physical education. As chair of the Department of Human Studies in the School of Education at UAB, she supports the work of 30 faculty and over 850 students in the following program areas: counselor education, educational foundations, educational leadership, educational psychology and research, community health and human services, physical education, and fitness leadership/exercise science. She is a former participant in UAB’s BLAZE Leadership Academy and an inaugural member of UAB’s campus-wide two-year Executive Development Program. When she was faculty in the physical education teacher education program, she trained special education teachers and physical education teachers to work with students who have disabilities. She has consulted with Alabama’s public schools and other school systems nationwide to address the needs of the students and the physical educators regarding physical education for students with disabilities. Her professional service and scholarship focuses on health and wellness for individuals with disabilities.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2018 Using Technology and the Ecological Model of Constraints to Develop Story-Based Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum DisorderStrategies.  31:5-12. 2018
    2017 Implications of Social Groups on Sedentary Behavior of Children with Autism: A Pilot Study.Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.  47:1223-1230. 2017
    2016 Investigation of Predictors of Overeating Following a Cognitive Task: 802 Board #118 June 1, 3: 30 PM - 5: 00 PM.Medicine and science in sports.  48:221. 2016
    2016 Exercise following Mental Work Prevented Overeating.Medicine and science in sports.  48:1803-1809. 2016
    2016 Obesity, Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors in Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.Maternal and Child Health Journal.  20:466-476. 2016
    2015 Wellness among US adolescents ages 12-17 years.Child: Care, Health and Development.  41:1207-1215. 2015
    2015 Correlates of wellness among youth with functional disabilities.Disability and Health Journal.  8:223-230. 2015
    2015 Promoting Physical Activity for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Barriers, Benefits, and Strategies for SuccessJournal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.  86:43-48. 2015
    2015 Effective Collaboration among the Gross Motor Assessment Team MembersStrategies.  28:18-21. 2015
    2014 Physical Activity and Physical Fitness of School-Aged Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum DisordersAutism Research and Treatment.  2014:1-6. 2014
    2011 5-step approach: utilizing special education paraprofessionals in inclusive physical educationThe ASAHPERD Journal.  31:26-30. 2011
    2011 Teaching Physical Education to Students with Autism Spectrum DisordersStrategies.  24:21-24. 2011
    2010 Working with students who have diabetes in physical education and athletic programs: Be active, be preparedThe ASAHPERD Journal.  30:18-21. 2010
    2008 physical education for students with autism: teaching tips and strategiesTEACHING Exceptional Children.  40:32-37. 2008
    2007 Modifying Physical Activities to Include Individuals with DisabilitiesJournal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.  78:37-41. 2007
    2007 Adapting Physical Activities to Promote Overall Health and Development: Suggestions for Interventionists and FamiliesYoung Exceptional Children.  10:11-16. 2007
    2007 Fitness Testing of Students with Disabilities: Comparing and Modifying Fitness Tests to Provide Quality Assessments for All StudentsStrategies.  20:12-21. 2007
    2007 Parents’ perceptions of health and physical activity needs of children with Down syndromeDown Syndrome Research and Practice.  60-68. 2007
    2007 heart rate response of junior wheelchair basketball players during practice and competitionThe ASAHPERD Journal.  27:30-34. 2007
    2006 Physiological responses of skilled players during a competitive wheelchair tennis match.Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.  20:665-671. 2006
    2006 Research Consortium grant - Physical activity profiles of children with Down syndrome: Parents' perspectivesResearch Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.  77:A112-A112. 2006
    2006 case study of Achilles tendon rupture in clubfoot athleteThe ASAHPERD Journal.  19-23. 2006
    2006 connecting the national standards for school counseling programs with an adventure-based counseling interventionThe Alabama Counseling Association Journal.  31:1-8. 2006
    2006 fitness playground for students with autism: ideas for design and useJournal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.  77:20-25. 2006
    2006 physical education requirements in alabama: a look at the past, the present, and the futureThe ASAHPERD Journal.  27:14-15. 2006
    2005 L.I.F.E. for all students: Implementing the Lifelong Individualized Fitness Education course to actively include students with disabilitiesThe ASAHPERD Journal.  14-18. 2005
    2004 Use of high and low outdoor adventure elements to improve in-school behaviors of at-risk youthResearch Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.  75:A110-A110. 2004
    2004 including students with disabilities in general physical educationThe ASAHPERD Journal.  47-56. 2004
    2004 let's get moving! physical activity and students with physical disabilitiesphysical disabilities: education and related services.  23:9-18. 2004
    2003 Community-Based Physical Activities for Elementary StudentsJournal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.  74:49-54. 2003
    2003 assessing preschoolers' motor development skillsThe ASAHPERD Journal.  24:29-31. 2003
    2003 who does what on the interdisciplinary team regarding physical education for students with a disability?TEACHING Exceptional Children.  35:32-38. 2003
    2002 Parents' Perceptions of Motor Interventions for Infants and Toddlers with Down Syndrome.Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly.  19:199-219. 2002
    2001 TEAMwork - Together everyone achieves more: Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach to adapted physical education, physical therapy, and occupational therapyLAHPERD Journal.  64:13-14. 2001
    1996 Qualitative analysis of a pediatric strength intervention on the developmental stepping movements of infants with Down syndromeAdapted Physical Activity Quarterly.  13:247-268. 1996


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    1998 Pediatric Adapted Motor Development and Exercise An Innovative Multisystem Approach for Professionals and Families 1998

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction, Louisiana State University System : University of New Orleans
  • Full Name

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