Children & Youth with Disabilities Lab


Shen X, Macdonald M, Logan SW, Parkinson C, Gorrell L, Hatfield BE. Leisure Engagement during COVID-19 and Its Association with Mental Health and Wellbeing in U.S. Adults. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022;19(3):1081. doi:10.3390/ijerph19031081

Jost C, Macdonald M, Khanna SK. A community-based evaluation of disability resources and inclusion practices in rural Botswana. Disability and Health Journal. 2022:101275. doi:10.1016/j.dhjo.2022.101275

Ketcheson LR, E Pitchford A, Staples KL, MacDonald M, Ulrich DA. Supporting the need for the motor domain to be included in the definition of autism spectrum disorder: A response to Bishop et al.'s critique of Bhat (2021). Autism Res. 2022. DOI:10.1002/aur.2811. PubMed: 36052511


Ku B, Stinson JDawn, Macdonald M, McIntyre LLee. Parental Behavior Influences on Motor Skill Development in Young Children with Developmental Disabilities: A Two-Year Longitudinal Study. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2021. doi:10.1007/s10578-021-01263-x PubMed: 34622416

Dahlgren J, Healy S, Macdonald M, Geldhof GJ, Palmiere K, Haegele JA. Physical activity and screen time among youth with autism: A longitudinal analysis from 9 to 18 years. Autism. 2021:1362361320981314. doi:10.1177/1362361320981314. PubMed: 33406885

Wanser SH, Macdonald M, Udell MAR. Dog-human behavioral synchronization: family dogs synchronize their behavior with child family members. Anim Cogn. 2021. doi:10.1007/s10071-020-01454-4. PubMed: 33433821

Sung M-C, Ku B, Leung W, Macdonald M. The Effect of Physical Activity Interventions on Executive Function Among People with Neurodevelopmental Disorders: A Meta-Analysis. J Autism Dev Disord. 2021. doi:10.1007/s10803-021-05009-5. PubMed: 33856619


Stinson J, McCarty K, Macdonald M. Steps for Community Fitness Organizations Seeking to Engage in Inclusive Practices. ACSMʼs Health & Fitness Journal. 2020;24(2):16 - 21. doi:10.1249/FIT.0000000000000555

Ku B, Macdonald M, Hatfield BE, Gunter K. Parental influences on parent-reported motor skills in young children with developmental disabilities. Disabil Health J. 2020:100910. doi:10.1016/j.dhjo.2020.100910. PubMed: 32111570

McCarty K, Dixon-Ibarra A, Macdonald M. Evaluation of the Special Olympics Team Wellness health promotion program for individuals with intellectual disabilities. J Intellect Disabil. 2020:1744629520957445. doi:10.1177/1744629520957445. PubMed: 33025848


Ku B, Stinson JDawn, Macdonald M. Parental Behavior Comparisons Between Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Parents of Children Without Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Meta-analysis. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 2019. doi:10.1007/s10826-019-01412-w.

Macdonald M, McIntyre LLee. The relationship of age, early motor skills and observable child behaviors in young children with developmental delays. Res Dev Disabil. 2019;93:103445. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2019.103445. PubMed: 31376505

Ku B, Heinonen GAlexander, Macdonald M, Hatfield BE. An inquiry into how parents of children with autism spectrum disorder interact with their children in a motor skill-based play setting. Res Dev Disabil. 2019;94:103494. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2019.103494. PubMed: 31520962


Hudson-Hanley B, Irvin VL, Flay BR, Macdonald M, Kile ML. Prenatal PBDE Exposure and Neurodevelopment in Children 7 Years Old or Younger: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Current Epidemiology Reports. 2018. doi:10.1007/s40471-018-0137-0.

Twardzik E, Smit E, Hatfield BE, Odden MC, Dixon-Ibarra A, Macdonald M. Limited access to special education services for school-aged children with developmental delay. Res Dev Disabil. 2018;72:257-264. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2017.12.008. PubMed: 29227958

Pangelinan M, Norcross MF, Macdonald M, Rudisill M, Wadsworth D, McDonald J. Development, Management, and Evaluation of Undergraduate Experiential Learning: Recommendations for Best Practices. Kinesiology Review. 2018:1 - 6. doi:10.1123/kr.2018-0044.

Ross SMae, Catena M, Twardzik E, et al. Feasibility of a Modified Ride-on Car Intervention on Play Behaviors during an Inclusive Playgroup. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2018:1-17. doi:10.1080/01942638.2017.1400491. PubMed: 29236563


Twardzik E, Macdonald M, Dixon-Ibarra A. The Relationship Between State Lead Agency and Enrollment Into Early Intervention Services. Journal of Early Intervention. 2017:105381511770899. doi:10.1177/1053815117708999.

Logan SW, Lobo MA, Feldner HA, et al. Power-Up: Exploration and Play in a Novel Modified Ride-On Car for Standing. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2017;29(1):30-37. doi:10.1097/PEP.0000000000000336. PubMed: 27984464

Tepfer A, Ross S, Macdonald M, Udell MAR, Ruaux C, Baltzer W. Family Dog-Assisted Adapted Physical Activity: A Case Study. Animals (Basel). 2017;7(5). doi:10.3390/ani7050035. PubMed: 28448430

Lipscomb ST, McClelland MM, Macdonald M, Cardenas A, Anderson KA, Kile ML. Cross-sectional study of social behaviors in preschool children and exposure to flame retardants. Environ Health. 2017;16(1):23. doi:10.1186/s12940-017-0224-6. PubMed: 28274271

Macdonald M, Hatfield BE, Twardzik E. Child Behaviors of Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder Across Play Settings. Adapt Phys Activ Q. 2017;34(1):19-32. doi:10.1123/APAQ.2016-0028. PubMed: 28218869

Twardzik E, Cotto-Negrón C, Macdonald M. Factors related to early intervention Part C enrollment: A systematic review. Disabil Health J. 2017. doi:10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.01.009. PubMed: 28187953

Macdonald M, Logan SW. Editorial: Health and Children with Disabilities. Front Public Health. 2017;5:175. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2017.00175. PubMed: 28770194


Ross SMae, Macdonald M, Bigouette JP. Effects of strength training on mobility in adults with cerebral palsy: A systematic review. Disabil Health J. 2016;9(3):375-84. doi:10.1016/j.dhjo.2016.04.005. PubMed: 27286912