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SHAPE America Research Council Newsletter

Winter 2024




I hope you are having a restful winter break before the spring semester begins! Since the last newsletter, the Research Council has been working with the SHAPE America staff, program councils, and special interest groups (SIGs) to plan for the upcoming , to be held March 12-16 in Cleveland. We have facilitated reviews of abstracts, made selections for various scholar lectures and awards, and worked with staff to organize the research components of the convention program.


In addition to convention preparations, we were excited to connect with our community through two virtual events, which are highlighted below. Both events were well attended, with active engagement between the attendees and presenters. Currently, the Research Council is reviewing applications for council volunteers, the Research Fellow program, and the Thomas L. McKenzie Research Award.


Hopefully we will connect with you at #SHAPECleveland. For those who are attending the convention, please join us at the following Research Council events: McCloy Lecture and Distinguished Service Award, Weiss Lecture, Siedentop Lecture, Research Council Social, Coffee Talks, and the Graduate Student Forum.


If you are not planning to attend the convention, we hope this newsletter is a useful resource to you for staying connected and getting involved with the Research Council!


Tan Leng Goh, Chair

SHAPE America Research Council

Central Connecticut State University

Dates & Deadlines

News & Notes

Research Presentations for #SHAPECleveland

We are excited to announce a total of 144 research abstracts (poster and oral) and three research symposium proposals will be presented at the .


Congratulations to Our Distinguished Lecturers and Award Winners

Those who have been selected by the Research Council include:

  • C.H. McCloy Research Lecture: Samuel Hodge (The Ohio State University)
  • Raymond A. Weiss Lecture: Senlin Chen (Louisiana State University)
  • Daryl Siedentop Scholar Lecture: Tom Templin (University of Michigan)
  • Distinguished Service Award: Sue Sutherland (The Ohio State University)

Those awarded by the SIGs we support include:

  • CSPAP Research SIG Lecture: Eloise Elliot (West Virginia University)
  • Motor Behavior SIG Lolas Halverson Lecture: Nancy Getchell (University of Delaware)
  • Measurement & Evaluation JoAnne Safrit Keynote Lecture: Barbara Ainsworth (Arizona State University)

To join a SIG, to your SHAPE America member account. Go into the My Profile section and select the Interest Areas tab to view/edit your Special Interest Groups.


Virtual Presentations

On October 11, 2023, the Research Council hosted a virtual event, , which featured presentations by newly inducted Research Fellows Brian Dauenhauer, Scott McNamara, and Emi Tsuda. .


On October 19, 2023, the Measurement & Evaluation SIG, with the support of the Research Council, hosted , a webinar featuring Collin Brooks, a leader in practical applications of AI. .


Upcoming Events

The CSPAP SIG will be hosting a virtual event titled “CSPAP: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice,” featuring Aaron Beighle and Heather Erwin. The Motor Behavior SIG will also be hosting a virtual event. More info coming soon!

Research Fellow Spotlight


Karen Gaudreault, Ph.D.

Karen Gaudreault, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences

The University of New Mexico

Discipline Area: Physical Education Teacher Education


The SHAPE America Research Council is delighted to shine a spotlight on Karen Gaudreault, Ph.D., who was named a Research Fellow in 2019. Dr. Gaudreault is the graduate program coordinator for PETE at The University of New Mexico. Her research focuses on the marginalization of PE in schools, teacher socialization, and perceived mattering.


Learn more about her experience as a SHAPE America Research Fellow.

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