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Adapted Physical Education
Motor behavior and physical activity for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities; professional preparation in adapted physical education
Dr. David Porretta is an internationally known scholar and leader in adapted physical activity. He is a full professor and has taught adapted physical education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for over 30 years. Dr. Porretta has numerous major publications in scholarly journals and regularly presents scholarly papers at international, national, and state meetings. From 2002-2007 he served as editor of Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly (APAQ), the official journal of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA). From 2001 to 2007, he served on IFAPA's Advisory Board. Dr. Porretta is an elected Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK) as well as an elected Fellow in IFAPA. He has acquired over 3.9 million dollars in external funding across training and research. Dr. Porretta was the 1999 recipient of the Hollis Fait Scholarly Contribution award and the 2003 G. Lawrence Rarick Research Award, both presented by the National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPERID). He served as NCPERID President from 1996-1998. In 2004, he received the Adapted Physical Activity Council's (AAHPERD) Professional Recognition Award. Broadly conceived, Dr. Porretta's scholarship focuses on psychological variables that ultimately affect the motor behavior of individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in physical activity settings.
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