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Center for Movement, Health, & Disability (CMHD)

A training and research center at Old Dominion University

Vision Statement

We envision a world where individuals with disabilities and chronic health conditions have equitable opportunities to engage in movement-related behaviors that contribute to physical, mental and emotional well-being. We believe that conducting research to understand movement-related disparities among persons with disabilities and chronic health conditions, evaluating research and programming data, and providing evidence-based training to in-service and pre-service professionals, is a critical avenue for the development of these opportunities.

Mission Statement

The Center for Movement, Health, & Disability (CMHD) is a training and research center housed within the Department of Human Movement Sciences (HMS) within the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies (DCEPS) at Old Dominion University. Its purpose is to engage in evaluating and understanding health disparities among persons with disabilities and other health conditions, and to implement research-based trainings/programs to enhance well-being among these populations. Efforts will be supported through external funding.

The Center will engage in two interrelated activities that are aligned with this focus:

Research focus at Center for Movement, Health & Disability

Focus 1: Research

Core center faculty and graduate students will engage in rigorous, interdisciplinary research seeking to evaluate and understand health-enhancing behaviors that contribute to physical, mental, and emotional well-being of persons with disabilities and other health conditions. This research may be situated in a variety of fields, including, but not limited to adapted physical activity, exercise science, health sciences, recreation, special education, physical education, or youth development.

Training focus at Center for Movement, Health, & Disability

Focus 2: Training

Core center faculty will utilize evidence obtained from research activities to contribute to pre-service and in-service professional training within the department and outside agencies. This may include doctoral training in adapted physical activity, service learning programs that provide hands-on experience with evidence-based practices for pre-service professionals, as well as professional workshops and certificate programs aimed at disseminating evidence-based practices to in-service professionals locally, nationally, and internationally.


Contact CMHD Director, Justin A. Haegele, at jhaegele@odu.edu.

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