Faculty and staff in the Department of Physical and Health Education at SRU engage in various pioneering research projects, which advance the understanding of physical and health education.
The research projects vary in their nature and scope, and include, among others:

  • Adapted physical activity 
  • Increasing the health and wellness of people with disabilities
  • Service learning
  • Educational pedagogy 
  • Biomechanics
  • Equestrian rehabilitation 
  • The impact of health and wellness on youths in the legal system
  • Physical activity's impact on new parents

Research conducted by faculty and staff help maintain the department's academic rigor. Having faculty and staff members participating in pioneering research means that students benefit from taking courses taught by experts in the field who contribute to the growing body of research and critical thought. 

Center for Disability and Health 

The Center on the Disability and Health provides students with opportunities to participate in research, service learning, and advocacy activities for people living with disabilities. All the interdisciplinary research conducted at the center helps guide evidence-based practices in Adapted Physical Activity. The center serves as a resource for both the local and global community and remains integral to promoting physical activity and wellness for people of all abilities. 

SRU Rock Life Program

Slippery Rock University supports students enrolled in the Rock Life Program, a four-semester, fully inclusive post-secondary education program for young adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Rock Life is dedicated to ensuring that its students are becoming fully immersed in the Slippery Rock community and are successfully integrated into the academic, residential and vocational areas of community living. The four pillars of the program include the Academic Program, Pre-employment Work-based Learning Experiences, Independent Living experiences, and a focus on Living Well.

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