Megan MacDonald, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research interests

Movement and physical activity are essential components in a healthy lifestyle for individuals at any age and ability. My research interests are related to how motor skills and physically active lifestyles improve the lives of children and youth with and without disabilities. I have a specific research interest in the movement skills of children with autism spectrum disorder including how to improve motor skills for children with autism and how motor skills interact with social communication skills.

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Kathleen McCarty, MA, CPT, CIFT

Ph.D. student (3rd year)

Kathy earned her Masters in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science from San Diego State University. Her thesis and projects involved older adult falls efficacy and center of pressure, inclusion practices at the local YMCA, and founding the adaptive athletics program at San Diego State. Kathy recently represented the USA in China on the 2016-2017 US Ladies Rink Hockey team. She is currently a PhD Student within the Kinesiology program (Adapted Physical Activity option) at OSU.

Ming-Chih (Darren) Sung, M.Ed

Ph.D. student (2nd year)

Ming-Chih (Darren) is a doctoral student in Kinesiology with the option in Adapted Physical Activity. He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Physical Education from National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan.

His research interests primarily focus on the effects of physical activity and exercise intervention on physical fitness, motor skill and executive function in children with and without disabilities. On top of that, his master's thesis used event-related potentials (ERP), an assessment of neuroelectrical brain signals, to better understand the influence of exercise intervention on executive function in children with ASD.

Nicole Fiscella, MS

Ph.D. Student (2nd Year)

Nicole is a second-year doctoral student in Kinesiology with an option in adapted physical activity. In addition to obtaining her Ph.D., she is also pursuing a Master’s in Public Health: Health Promotion Health Behavior. She earned her Master’s at James Madison University where she completed her thesis on the enjoyment, perceived exertion, and actual exertion of exercise in children with ASD. Her current research interest includes the effects of physical activity interventions on stereotypic behaviors in children with ASD and promoting community based physical activity programs for individuals with disabilities. She currently serves and the coordinator for OSU’s Multiple Sclerosis clinic. Outside of classes she stays active playing soccer, softball, and wheelchair basketball.

Willie Leung, M.S.

Ph.D. student (3rd year)

Willie earned his Master’s in Kinesiology with the option in Adapted Physical Activity from Oregon State University. He is currently working toward an MPH degree in Epidemiology at the same time as the doctoral degree. His research interests primarily focus on the physical activity measurements and assessments for individuals with and without disabilities. His other research interests included examination of consumer-oriented wearable physical activity trackers, augmented reality games and physical activity levels, fitness testing, and gamification in increasing physical activity levels.