Adapted Physical Education at Brockport involves five faculty with primary expertise in adapted physical education. The tenure-line faculty associated with this project include: Dr. Joseph P. Winnick, Dr. Francis X. Short, Dr. Cathy Houston Wilson, Dr. Lauren J. Leiberman, Dr. Doug Collier, and Dr. Francis M. Kozub.

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Dr. Winnick has been a teacher of adapted physical education in the public schools of Baltimore County, Maryland. The adapted physical education concentration was developed by Dr. Winnick in 1968. In addition to involvement at the local level, he has been active in promoting the interests of individuals with disabilities at state, national, and international levels. He has been involved as a consultant for the Department of Education since 1969. He, as well as his students, have contributed significantly to the literature in the field of adapted physical education. He has over 50 publications in the field, including undergraduate and graduate texts. He is author and editor of one of America's premier texts in the field entitled Adapted Physical Education and Sport (4th ed., 2005) and lead author with Dr. Short of the Brockport Physical Fitness Test and related materials. He has received the Hollis Fait Scholarship Award (1986) and the G. Lawrence Rarick Research Award (1990) from the National Consortium on Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPERID). He served as President of the National Consortium on Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities in 1979-1980. On two occasions, he received the Amazing Person Award from the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (NYSAHPERD). In 1997 he was promoted to Distinguished Service Professor at the State University of New York and received the Professional Recognition Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD). In 2000, he was selected by Palaestra as one of the five world- wide leaders in the field of Adapted Physical Education in the past decade.


Dr. Cathy Houston-Wilson completed her master's degree in Adapted Physical Education from The College at Brockport and her doctoral degree from Oregon State University with an emphasis in movement studies in disabilities. Dr. Houston-Wilson has been at Brockport since 1993 and was recently promoted to Full Professor. She has taught classes in both the undergraduate and graduate adapted physical education concentrations and has held leadership positions within the department such as Interim Chairperson and Coordinator of Teacher Certification. Prior to her employment at The College at Brockport, Dr. Houston-Wilson served several years as an adapted physical educator at Sullivan Diagnostic Treatment Center in Harris, New York, the Southern Westchester BOCES, and the White Plains School District near New York City. Dr. Houston-Wilson has co-authored the popular book Strategies for Inclusion with her colleague Dr. Lauren Lieberman, as well as several book chapters in the text Adapted Physical Education and Sport on topics that include Early Childhood Physical Education and Pervasive Developmental Disorders. She has also published articles related to including students with disabilities into general physical education classes, fitness education for students with disabilities and early childhood physical education. She presents at State, National and International conferences on these topics and continually consults with school districts across New York State to ensure appropriate physical education programming for students with disabilities. Dr. Houston-Wilson also has several awards to her credit including the Amazing Person in Adapted Physical Education, Amazing Person in Higher Education and Amazing Person from the Future Professional all from NYS-AHPERD. In addition, Houston-Wilson received the Distinguished Service Award from her alma mater Manhattan College.


Dr. Lauren Lieberman is currently a professor at The College at Brockport in the area of Adapted Physical Education. She is also the undergraduate coordinator of Adapted Physical Education Concentration. she received her Ph. D from Oregon State University with an emphasis in movement studies in disabilities. She has been teaching at The College at Brockport for 12 years. Prior to graduate school she taught at the Perkins School for the Blind in the Deafblind program for 5 years. Lauren teaches graduate and undergraduate class in Adapted Physical Education. She supervises practicum experiences at both the undergraduate and graduate level. She is fluent in sign language and is a leader of physical education and sport programs for youth who are deaf. She also runs Camp Abilities: a developmental sports camp for children with visual impairments each summer. Her areas of research include inclusion strategies and physical activity for youth with sensory impairments. She has written several books in these areas. Dr. Lieberman completed her masters degree at the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse in special physical education and her bachelors degree in health and physical education at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Lieberman has won the The College at Chancellors Award for Scholarship and the Amazing Person Award from the APE Council of NYS AHPERD.


Dr. Douglas Collier received his bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as a diploma in Special Education from McGill University and his doctorate from Indiana University. Over the course of his academic career, he has had significant experience working directly with students with severe disabilities as well as teaching students in higher education settings how to effectively teach these learners. At The College at College at Brockport, Dr. Collier is currently the coordinator of the undergraduate teacher certification concentration. He teaches in both the adapted physical education graduate program and the Physical Education undergraduate teacher preparation program - with an emphasis on elementary and early childhood education. Dr. Collier's research, writing and presentations focus on positive, educative approaches to behavior management, the autism spectrum disorder as well as instructional strategies effective with for learners with severe disabilities and those in disadvantaged urban environments.


The most recent addition to the faculty in the program is Dr. Francis M. Kozub. Dr. Kozub received his bachelor's and master's degrees from The College at Brockport and his doctorate from Ohio State University. Dr. Kozub's career started as an adapted physical educator, physical educator, and coach in New York where he taught and coached children of all ages. Dr. Kozub spent seven years at Indiana University where he trained doctoral level students in the area of adapted physical activity. At the College at Brockport, Dr. Kozub is currently teaching in the undergraduate and graduate Physical Education Teacher Certification program. Dr. Kozub's research, writing and presentations focus on physical activity in children and teacher attitudes/perceptions when working with children with disabilities.

Last Updated 11/20/18

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