Dr.  Sharon Hsu

Profile Summary

Sharon Hsu is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and the Coordinator of Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization Program and Graduate Adapted Physical Education Specialization Program. She received her B.S. degree in Physical Education from the National Taiwan Sport University, M.S. degree in Adapted Physical Education from the Texas Woman’s University and Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a certified Adapted Physical Educator (National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities), Health Fitness Specialist (American College of Sports Medicine), Special Population Specialist (Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research), and Aquatics Specialist (Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research).

Dr. Hsu’s research interests include: Transtheoretical Model guided health promotion programs for persons with disabilities, integration of technology (e.g., Wii, DDR, X-Box Kinect) to promote regular physical activity for individuals with disabilities, functional behavior assessment and positive behavior support plan, Social story interventions for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and attitude and self-efficacy of pre-service and in-service adapted/general physical education teachers.

Students who participate in her lab will (a) gain knowledge of behavior change models, (b) become skilled in health promotion curriculum development for persons with developmental disabilities (i.e., intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders), (c) have opportunities to interact and communicate with research participants with disabilities and their family members, (d) learn how to use different physical activity measurement devices (i.e., GPS watch, accelerometer, Actiheart, Sensewear (BodyBug), metabolic cart, etc.) and analyze these physical activity data, (e) become skilled at interviewing research participants with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, (f) learn skills in management of research data and quantitative statistical analyses, (g) gain knowledge of development of Transtheoretical Model tailored health promotion interventions, (h) explore creative ways of integrating technology to promote regular physical activity, and (i) gain knowledge of health disparities issues among persons with disabilities. Research assistants will have opportunities to develop research questions, conduct experiments, participate in lab meetings, collect data, analyze data, and present their work at professional conferences locally and nationally.

Professional Memberships

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)
American College of Sports Medicine(ACSM)
American Public Health Association (APHA)
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Contact Information

Curriculum Vitae

Adapted Physical Education Lab

Research Assistant Application
Wii and Kinect Project Overview

Files Download

Graduate APE Specialization
APE Program Info
APE Added Authorization Program Application
APE Guidelines (2012)

Professional Organizations

State Council on APE
American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
American Public Health Association (APHA)