Sam Logan

Academic interests

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Sam's research agenda focuses on the health and well-being of typically developing children and children with disabilities, with recent work emphasizing the role of independent mobility in the development of language, cognition, play interactions, and motor behaviors of children diagnosed with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down syndrome, and other significant physical and cognitive diagnoses. His research is interdisciplinary in nature, bridging the fields of Kinesiology, Psychology and Pediatric Rehabilitation.


PhD from Auburn University
BS and MS degrees from the University of Delaware

Dr. Logan completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Delaware in the Department of Physical Therapy- Infant Motor Lab, where he served as the Project Manager for the Modified Ride-on Car Study. This project focuses on providing a means to independent mobility for children 1-3 years old.


His doctoral dissertation was recognized by Auburn University with their “Outstanding Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences” in 2012.

April 10, 2020 Research Seminar

The Culture of Mobility for Young Children with Disabilities: An Intersection of Traditional Thinking, Technology and Toy

Sam Logan, PhD

In this presentation Sam Logan, PhD presents a social justice approach to human movement, focusing on mobility as a fundamental right within the context of pediatric rehabilitation.

A traditional view of mobility places an overwhelming importance on the physical skill of walking. An emerging view of mobility highlights the potential of many mobility options to participate in everyday life.

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