IVA OBRUSNIKOVA, PH.D., CAPE

Iva Obrusnikova, Ph.D., CAPE

Iva Obrusnikova, Ph.D., CAPE

Associate Professor

Behavioral Health & Nutrition
016 Carpenter Sports Bldg.
Ph: 302-831-8032
E:obrusnik@UDel.edu

Biography:

Dr. Obrusnikova received her Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a focus on Adapted Physical Activity from Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. She has two Master’s degrees, M.Sc. in Adapted Physical Activity from the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium and M.Ed. in Adapted Physical Education from Palacky Unviersity. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia, she worked with Dr. Martin Block and Dr. Luke Kelly. Her most recent studies examine how different technology-based strategies promote exercise performance, physical function, and independence in adults with intellectual disabilities. Her research with children focuses on assessing and altering cardiometabolic risk factors. She developed and validated a number of scales measuring challenging situations that educators, families, or peers without disabilities encounter when working with children with developmental disabilities in physical activity settings. She is currently developing an online inventory of strategies to address those challenges. For her contribution to research, Dr. Obrusnikova received the G. Lawrence Rarick Research Award from the National Consortium for Physical Education of Individuals with Disabilities. She is an editorial board member of Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly and Palaestra and the SHAPE of America Research Fellow. She is director of the Health, Physical Activity, and Disability minor and the HBS Health and Disability concentration, and is affiliated with the DE-CTR ACCEL program.

COURSES

BHAN 445/645: Health, Physical Activity and Disability

BHAN 342: Introduction to Adapted Physical Activity

BHAN 403: Practicum in Adapted Physical Activity

BHAN 240: Fundamental Movement Skills

WORK

Recent Publications

Obrusnikova, I., Cavalier, A. R., & *Novak, H. M. (under review). The effect of systematic prompting on the acquisition of two muscle-strengthening exercises by adults with moderate disabilities. Journal of Behavioral Education.

Obrusnikova, I., & Cavalier, A. R. (2018). An evaluation of videomodeling on fundamental motor skill performance of preschool children. Early Childhood Education Journal. 46, 287-299.

Obrusnikova, I., & Cavalier, A. R. (2017). The effect of videomodeling on fundamental motor skill performance of  middle school children with physical disabilities. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. 29(5), 757-775.

Obrusnikova, I., & Schoo, M. (2017). The missing link: Inclusive physical education out of the international perspective from adapted physical education – Inklusiver Sportunterricht aus Sicht des Förderschwerpunktes körperliche und motorische Entwicklung – eine internationale Perspektive. Sonderpädagogische Förderung Heute, 3, 277–287.

Block, M. E., & Obrusnikova, I. (2016). What is inclusion? In M.E. Block (Ed.), A teacher’s guide to including children with disabilities in general physical education (4th ed., pp. 19-34). Baltimore: P. H. Brookes.

Obrusnikova, I., & Rattigan, P. (2016). Using video-based modeling to promote acquisition of fundamental motor skills in diverse learners. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 87(4) 24-29. DOI: 10.1080/07303084.2016.1141728.

Obrusnikova, I., & Dillon, S. R. (2012). Students’ beliefs and intentions to play with peers with disabilities in physical education: Relationships with Achievement and social goals. Journal of Teaching Physical Education, 31, 311-328.

Obrusnikova, I., Bibik, J., Cavalier, A. R., & *Manley, K. (2012). Integrating therapy dog teams into a physical activity program for children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 83(6), 37-48.

Obrusnikova, I., Dillon, S. R., Block, M. E., & Davis, T. (2012). Validation of the children’s beliefs and intentions to play with peers with disabilities in middle school physical education scale. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. 24, 35-51. DOI: 10.1007/s10882-011-9253-1.

Obrusnikova, I., & *Miccinello, L. D. (2012). Parent perceptions of factors influencing after-school physical activity of children with autism spectrum disorders. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. 29, 63-80.

Obrusnikova, I., & Dillon, S. R. (2011). Validation of the inventory of teaching challenges for inclusive physical education: Autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 23, 563-579. DOI: 10.1007/s10882-011-9249-x.

Obrusnikova, I., & Cavalier, A. (2011). Perceived barriers and facilitators of participation in after-school physical activity by children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 23, 195-211. DOI 10.1007/s10882-010-9215-z.

Obrusnikova, I., & Dillon, S. R. (2011). Challenging situations when teaching children with autism spectrum disorders in general physical education. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. 28, 113-131.

Obrusnikova, I., Dillon, S. R., & Block, M. E. (2011). Middle school student intentions to play with peers with disabilities in physical education: Development and Initial Validation. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 23, 113-127. DOI 10.1007/s10882-010-9210-4.

Obrusnikova, I., Block, M. E., & Dillon, S. R. (2010). Children’s beliefs toward cooperative playing with peers with disabilities in physical education. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 27, 127-142.

*Co-authored with students.

Current Research Projects

Obrusnikova, I. (PI) & Cavalier, A. R. (2018-2019). The effects of guided exercise on health and independence of adults with intellectual disability: Pilot study. Center for Innovative Health Research ($5,000).

Obrusnikova, I. (PI) & Cavalier, A. R. (2016-2019). Promoting physical health and independence of adults with intellectual disabilities. YMCA of Delaware ($22,500).

Jadach, J., Hancharick, T., Kelly, J., Obrusnikova, I. (Co-I), & Cope, R. (2015-2018). Endless Possibilities in the Community: Y for All. Longwood Foundation ($100,000).

Completed Research Projects

Obrusnikova, I. (PI on the sub-award), Cavalier, A., Jadach, J., & Hancharick, T. (2015-2017). Inclusion of adults with intellectual disabilities in Delaware fitness programs. Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number U54-GM104941 (PI: Binder-Macleod) ($30,759).

Obrusnikova, I.  (PI). (2014-2016). The design and evaluation of a mobile learning lab to facilitate motor skill acquisition by diverse learners. The Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning (CTAL) and Academic Technology Services (ATS) 2014 Transformation Grant ($30,000).

Obrusnikova, I. (PI). (2011-2012). The effects of therapy dog assisted exercise on physical activity of children with autism spectrum disorders. University of Delaware Research Foundation ($7,000).

Obrusnikova, I. (PI). (2010-2012). Effects of dog-assisted exercise on children with autism spectrum disorders. University of Delaware Research Foundation ($35,000).

Cavalier, A., & Obrusnikova, I. (Co-I). (2010-2012). The effects of animal-assisted interventions on the physical health and social behaviors of children with autism spectrum disorders. UNIDEL ($15,000).

Obrusnikova, I. (PI). (2010). Increasing physical activity levels in children with autism spectrum disorders. IM Able Foundation ($1,600).

Obrusnikova, I. (PI), & Dillon, S. R. (2008-2010). Development and initial validation of the inventory of problem situations for inclusive physical education. American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Research Consortium Seed grant ($5,000).

Obrusnikova, I. (PI). (2008-2009). Development and initial validation of the inventory of problem situations for inclusive physical education. General University Grant ($6,000).

Riddle, I., Nourie, C., Obrusnikova, I. (Co-I), & Mineo, B. (2007-2008). Developing a training curriculum for exercise staff on best practices for working with people who have disabilities and a technical assistance plan for 1614 Fitness and Aerobics. Developmental Disabilities Council grant #0706 ($15,000).