Katie Stanton-Nichols, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology. She is an expert in the area of adapted physical activity and adapted physical education. Her work in teaching helps student’s bridge the gap between theory and practice, and her research builds on models for effective community engagement, family involvement, and student reflection.
Stanton-Nichols graduated from the University of California at Davis with B.S. in human development and received her master’s in adapted physical education at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. She earned her doctorate in adapted physical activity from the University of Virginia. She is a certified adapted physical education specialist.
Stanton-Nichols is the director of the Adapted Movement Programs (AMP). AMP offers family-centered, community-based physical activity programs for all individuals with disabilities. The program is centered on the belief that quality physical activity and exercise equip people with enhanced opportunities for healthy, independent, and dignified living. Utilizing undergraduate kinesiology students and trained volunteers who are educated in best-practice service delivery, Stanton-Nichols is able through AMP to provide clients with specialized individual programming that meet their specific needs.