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Ali S. Brian, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Physical Education
College of Education
Email: brianali@mailbox.sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-3101
Office: Blatt PE Center 218F 

Ali S. Brian, Ph.D.

Biography

Ali Brian, Ph.D., CAPE, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Education.  Brian is the founder/director of the Physical and Developmental Disabilities Research Lab as well as the founder/coordinator of the new Masters of Science in Adapted Physical Education program. Brian is currently the chair of the Research Council for SHAPE America, the vice-president elect for the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities, the treasurer for the International Motor Development Research Consortium. In addition, Brian is an Associate Editor for Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport and serves on the editorial boards for Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport as well as Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy journals.

Education

Ph.D., Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Education Teacher Education with concentrations in motor development and adapted physical education, Ohio State University

M.S., University of Dayton

B.S., Notre Dame College

Research and Expertise

As the research director of the Institute of Movement Studies for Individuals with Visual Impairments, Brian has traveled throughout the world assessing and evaluating the perceived and actual motor competence, physical activity, and health-related fitness levels of individuals with visual impairments in order to develop targeted intervention strategies. Additionally, as an investigator with the Research Center for Child Well-Being, her research also focuses upon developing integrated (physical, psychological, and cognitive) intervention strategies for rural, title one preschoolers and that features the assistance of their parents and/or their classroom teachers. Brian’s research is published in Sports Medicine, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, PLoS ONE, Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, Journal of Motor Learning and Development, and others. Brian’s research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Duke Endowment.

Honors

  • Early Career Distinguished Scholar Award, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, 2020
  • Corrine Kirshner Research Award, American Federation for the Blind, 2020
  • David P. Beaver Adapted Physical Activity Young Scholar Award, National Consortium for Individuals with Disabilities, 2019
  • Early Career Research Award, College of Education, UofSC, 2019
  • Breakthrough Star Award, Vice President of Research, UofSC, 2019
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Wales Institute of Physical Literacy, 2019
  • Research Director, Institute of Movement Studies for Individuals with Visual Impairments, 2015-present
  • Two Thumbs Up Award, Office of Disability Services, UofSC, 2017
  • Research Fellow, SHAPE America, 2017
  • Tsukuba University & Japanese Ministry of Education Summer Institute Fellowship Award, 2012 & 2013
  • Distinguished Service Award, Ohio State University Sport, Fitness, and Health Program, 2010
  • Dan Connelly Outstanding Leadership and Academic Achievement Award, Notre Dame College, 2000

Selected Publications

 
Books

Lieberman, L. J., Grenier, M., Brian, A., & Arndt, K. A. (2020). Universal design for learning in physical education: Getting it right from the start. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Book Chapters
  1. Brian, A. (in press). Gross motor skill development of youth with visual impairments. In Haegele (Ed.), Movement and Visual Impairment: Research across Disciplines. Philadelphia, PA: Routledge
  2. Goodway, J. D., Famelia, R., Brian, A., Ozmun, J., & Gallahue, D. (2019). Promoting motor development and early years physical literacy. In Saracho (Ed.), Handbook of Early Childhood Education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
  3. Brian, A., & SPTaunton, S. (2019). Universal design for learning in physical education: Strategies for PETE. In J. Walton-Fisette, S. Sutherland, & J. Hill, (Eds.), Teaching for Social Justice Issues in Physical Education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
  4. Brian, A., & Goodway, J. D. (2018). Kinesthetic learning. In B. Frey (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation (926), Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  5. Goodway, J. D., Brian, A., Bardid, F., & STaunton, S. (2018). Gross motor delay in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In E. Braaten (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental Disorders (724-727), Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  6. Brian, A., & Lehwald, H. (2018). Softball. In P. Ward & H. Lehwald (Eds.), Effective physical education content and instruction: An evidence-based and teacher-tested approach. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
  7. Brian, A., Haibach, P., & Lieberman, L. J. (2017). Promoting motor skills for children with visual impairments in inclusive settings: An international perspective. In M. Giese (Ed.), The missing link: Inclusive Physical Education out of the International Perspective from Adapted Physical Education (288-298). Weinheim, Germany: Beltz.
  8. Goodway, J. D., Brian, A., Chang, S., & Park, S. (2014). Methodological approaches to evaluate motor skill development, physical activity, health-related fitness, and perceived motor competence in young children. In Saracho (Ed.), Handbook of Research Methods in Early Childhood Education (349-391). Charlotte, NC: Information

 

Selected Peer-reviewed Manuscripts
  1. De Meester, A., Barnett, L. M., Brian, A., Bowe, S. J., Jimenez-Diaz, J., Ven Duyse, F., Irwin, J. M., Stodden, D. F., D’Hondt, E., Lenoir, M., & Haerens, L. (in press). The relationship between actual and perceived motor competence in children, adolescents, and young adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sports Medicine Impact Factor = 8.55
  2. Brian, A., Starrett, A., SPennell, A., Beach, P., SGilbert, E., SStribing, A., SPTaunton Miedema, S., & Lieberman, L. J. (in press). Longitudinal locomotor competence and BMI across sex and vision level for youth with visual impairments: A three-year investigation. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. Impact Factor = 1.61
  3. Brian, A., Starrett, A., Beach, P., De Meester, A., SPennell, A., SPTaunton Miedema, S., & Lieberman, L. J. (in press). Perceived motor competence mediates gross motor skills predicting physical activity in youth with visual impairments. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport Impact Factor = 2.26
  4. 1Brian, A., 1Getchell, N., True, L., De Meester, A., & Stodden, D. (in press). Reconceptualizing and operationalizing Seefeldt's proficiency barrier: Applications, and future directions. Sports Medicine. Impact Factor = 8.55
  5. Brian, A., Starrett, A., Ross, R., Pennell, A., Gilbert, E., Miedema, S., Casner, C., & Lieberman, L. J. (in press). The psychometric properties for the Test of Perceived Motor Competence for youth with visual impairments. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, Impact Factor = .34
  6. Grenier, M., SPatey, M., Lieberman, L. J., & Brian, A. (2020). Engaging students with severe disabilities in physical education though collaborative practices. European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity, 13(12), 1-15. Impact Factor = .29
  7. Brian, A., Bostick, L., Starrett, A., Klavina, A., PTaunton, S., SPennell, A., SStribing, A., SGilbert, E., & Lieberman, L. J. (2020). The effects of ecologically-valid intervention strategies on the locomotor skills of children with visual impairments. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 37(2), 177-192. Impact Factor = 1.61
  8. Tamplain, P., Webster, E. K., Brian, A., & Valentini, N. (2020). Assessment of motor development: Contemporary issues and considerations. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 8(2), 391-409. Impact Factor = 1.57
  9. Getchell, N., Schott, N., & Brian, A. (2020). Putting the development back in development: Research methods and designs. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 8(2), 410-437. Impact Factor = 1.57
  10. Mulvey, K. L., PTaunton, S., SStribing, A., SGilbert, E., & Brian, A. (2019). SKIPing together: A motor competence intervention promotes gender-integrated friendship in young children, Sex Roles, 52, 550-557. Impact Factor = 2.28
  11. Lindsay, A., Starrett, A., Brian, A., Byington, T., Lucas, J., Sigmangrant, M. (2020). Preschoolers build fundamental motor skills critical to an active lifestyle: The All 4 Kids© intervention study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(9), 3098, DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17093098. Impact Factor = 2.95
  12. *Stewart, G., Webster, C. A., Stodden, D. F., Brian, A., Egan, C. A., & Weaver, R. G. (2019). The association of children’s participation in school physical activity opportunities with classroom conduct. International Journal of Educational Research, 97, 22-28. Impact Factor = 1.14
  13. Tsuda, E., Goodway, J. D., Famelia, R., & Brian, A. (2019). Relationship between fundamental motor skill competence, perceived physical competence, and free-play physical activity in preschoolers. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 91(1), 55-63. Impact Factor = 2.26
  14. *Sacko, R., McIver, K., Brazendale, K., *Pfeiffer, C., Brian, A., Nesbitt, D., & Stodden D. F. (2019) Comparison of indirect calorimetry & accelerometry based energy expenditure during children’s discrete skill performance. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 90(4), 629-640. Impact Factor = 2.26
  15. 1Brian, A., 1SPennell, A., PTaunton, S., Starrett, A., Howard-Shaughnessy, C., Goodway, J. D., Wadsworth, D. W., Rudisill, M., & Stodden, D. F. (2019). Motor competence levels and developmental delay in early childhood: A multicenter and cross-sectional study conducted in the USA. Sports Medicine, 49(10), 1609-1618. Impact Factor = 8.55
  16. Giese, M., Brian, A., Haibach-Beach, P., Lieberman, L., & Wagner, M. (2019). (Inter-)Nationale Befunde zur Bewegung, Spiel und Sport mit sehbehinderten Kindern und Jugendlichen. Zeitschrift für Heilpädagogik, 70(5), 216-225.
  17. Brian, A., De Meester, A., Klavina, A., PIrwin, J. M., STaunton, S., SPennell, A., & Lieberman, L. J. (2019). Exploring children with visual impairments’ physical literacy: A preliminary investigation of autonomous motivation. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 38(2), 155-161. Impact Factor = 1.73
  18. *Shortt, C., Webster, C. A., Keegan, R. J., Brian, A., & *Sacko, R. (2019). Operationally conceptualizing physical literacy: Results of a delphi study. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 38(2), 91-104. Impact Factor = 1.73
  19. *Sacko, R. S., Brazendale, K., Brian, A., McIver, K., Nesbitt, D., Pfeifer, C., & Stodden D. F. (2019). Comparison of indirect calorimetry- and accelerometry-based energy expenditure during object projection skill performance. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 23(2), 148-158. Impact Factor = 1.33
  20. *Stewart, G., Webster, C. A., Weaver, R. G., Stodden, D. F., Brian, A., Egan, C. A., *Michael, R. D., *Sacko, R., & SPatey, M. (2019). Evaluation of a classroom movement integration training delivered in a low socioeconomic school district. Evaluation and Program Planning, 73, 187-194. Impact Factor = 1.21
  21. *Michael, R., Webster, C.A., *Egan, C. A., Nilges, L., Brian, A., Johnson, R., & Carson, R. (2019). A systematic review of facilitators and barriers to movement integration in elementary classrooms. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 90(2), 151-162. Impact Factor = 2.26
  22. *Michael, R., Webster, C. A., Nilges, L., A., Johnson, R., Carson, R., & *Egan, C. (2019). An online course to prepare preservice teachers to promote movement integration. American Journal of Distance Education, 33(1), 59-70. Impact Factor = .90
  23. *Stewart, G., Webster, C. A., Brian, A., Stodden, D. F., *Egan, C. A., & Weaver, R. G. (2019). Systematically observed movement integration in a low socioeconomic school district. American Journal of Health Prevention, 33(5), 749-755. Impact Factor = 2.19
  24. *Egan, C. A., Webster, C. A., Weaver, R. G., *Stewart, G., Brian, A., Stodden, D. F., & Russ, L. B. (2019). Case study of a Health Optimizing Physical Education-based comprehensive school physical activity program. Evaluation and Program Planning, 72, 106-117. Impact Factor = 1.21
  25. *Sacko, R. S.,Nesbitt, D., McIver, K., Brian, A., Bardid, F., & Stodden, D. F. (2019). Children’s metabolic expenditure during object projection skill performance: New insight for activity intensity relativity. Journal of Sports Sciences, 37(15), 1755-1761. Impact Factor = 2.72
  26. Brian, A., SPennell, A., Haibach-Beach., P., Foley, J., STaunton, S., & Lieberman., L. J. (2019). Correlates of physical activity among children with visual impairments. Disability and Health Journal, 12(2), 328-333. Impact Factor = 1.86
  27. SStribing, A., Lieberman, L., Peterson, S., Haibach-Beach, P., & Brian, A. (2019). Teaching strategies to improve object control skill development for children with visual impairments in physical education. Palaestra, 33(1), 36-41.
  28. Lieberman, L. J., Grenier, M., & Brian, A. (2019). How inclusive is your physical education class? Introducing the Lieberman-Brian Inclusion Rating Scale for Physical Education. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 90(2), 3-4.
  29. Brian, A., SPennell, A., *Schenkelburg, M., &*Sacko, R. (2019). Preschool teachers’ confidence with and facilitation of the Active Start Guidelines for Physical Activity. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 6(2), 333-344. Impact Factor = 1.57
  30. *Nesbitt, D. R., *Molina, S., *Sacko, R., Robinson, L. E., Brian, A., & Stodden, D. F. (2019). Examining the feasibility of supine-to-stand as a measure of functional motor competence.Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 6(2), 267-286. Impact Factor = 1.57
  31. Brian, A., STaunton, S., *Shortt, C., SPennell, A., & *Sacko, R. (2019). Predictors of physical activity for preschool children with and without disabilities from socio-economically disadvantaged settings. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 36(1), 77-90. Impact Factor = 1.61
  32. Mulvey, K. L., STaunton, S., SPennell, A., & Brian, A. (2018). Head, toes, knees, SKIP! Improving preschool children’s executive function through a motor competence intervention. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 40(5), 233-239. Impact Factor = 2.41
  33. 1Brian, A., 1Bardid, F., Barnett, L., Deconinck, F., Goodway, J. D., & Lenoir, M. (2018). Cross-cultural differences between Belgian and American youth in perceived and actual motor skills. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 6(S2), S320-S326. Impact Factor = 1.57
  34. Brian, A., STaunton, S., Haibach-Beach, P., & Lieberman, L. J. (2018). Influence of sports camps and vision on perceived physical competence of children who are visually impaired. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 112(5), 505-509. Impact Factor = .34
  35. Webster, C. A., Weaver, R. G., *Egan, C. A., Brian, A., & Vazou, S. (2018). Two-year process evaluation of a pilot program to increase elementary children's physical activity during school. Evaluation and Program Planning, 67, 200-206. Impact Factor = 1.21
  36. STaunton, S., Mulvey, K. L., & Brian, A. (2018). Who SKIPs? Using temperament to explain differential outcomes of a motor competence intervention for preschoolers who are economically disadvantaged. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 89(2), 200-209. Impact Factor = 2.26
  37. Brian, A., STaunton, S., Lieberman, L., Haibach-Beach, P., Foley, J., &*Santarossa, S. (2018). Psychometric properties for the Test of Gross Motor Development-3 for children with visual impairments. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 35, 145-158. Impact Factor = 1.16
  38. *Sacko, R. S., McIver, K., Brian, A., & Stodden, D. F. (2018). C=MVPA: New insight for activity intensity relativity and metabolic expenditure during object projection skill performance. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36(21), 2412-2418. Impact Factor = 2.73
  39. *Michael, R., Webster, C. A., *Egan, C. A., *Stewart, G., Nilges, L., Brian, A., Johnson, R., Carson, R., *Orendorff, K., & Vazou, S. (2018). Viability of university service learning to support movement integration in elementary classrooms: Perspectives of teachers, university students, and course instructors. Teaching and Teacher Education,72, 122-132. Impact Factor = 2.47
  40. Brian, A., Haegele, J. A., Nesbitt, D., Lieberman, L., Bostick, L., STaunton, S., & Stodden, D. F. (2018). A Pilot investigation of the perceived motor competence of children with visual impairments and those who are sighted. Journal of Visual Impairments and Blindness, 112(1), 118-124. Impact Factor = .33
  41. Brian, A., & STaunton, S. (2018). Effectiveness of intervention varies on instructor and pedagogical strategy. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 23(2), 222-233. Impact Factor = 2.92

For a complete list of publications please refer to:

Ali Brian on Research Gate

Ali Brian on Google Scholar


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