Iva Obrusnikova

Iva Obrusnikova

Iva Obrusnikova, PhD

Associate Professor
 302-831-8032

Office Location:
326 Tower at STAR

Dr. Obrusnikova received her Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a major in Adapted Physical Activity from Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. She completed the European Master’s Degree in Adapted Physical Activity (EMDAPA) at the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium, and two years of a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia. She has worked at the University of Delaware since 2006. She is director of the HBS Health and Disability concentration and the Health and Disability Laboratory in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition. Her most recent research studies examine how different technology-based behavioral strategies promote functional performance, physical activity, health-related fitness, and independence in adults with developmental disabilities. Her research with children with developmental disabilities focuses on the role of physical activity and motor skills in the reduction of cardiometabolic risk factors. She developed and validated a number of scales assessing challenging situations that educators, families, or peers without disabilities encounter when working with children with developmental disabilities in physical activity settings. She is currently developing an innovative tool to measure exercise self-efficacy in adults with intellectual disabilities. For her contribution to research, Dr. Obrusnikova received the G. Lawrence Rarick Research Award from the National Consortium for Physical Education of Individuals with Disabilities. She is an editorial board member of Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly and Palaestra and the SHAPE of America Research Fellow. In addition to her teaching and research at the University of Delaware, she is leading a number of state initiatives to promote equality, health, and community-engagement among individuals with disabilities.

 

Education

  • Ph.D. Palacky University, Czech Republic, 2004
  • Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2002-2004
  • M.Sc.(European Master's Degree in Adapted Physical Activity), Catholic University, Belgium, 2001
  • M.Ed. Palacky University, 1998

Courses

  • BHAN 445/645: Health, Physical Activity and Disability
  • BHAN 342: Introduction to Adapted Physical Activity
  • BHAN 403: Practicum in Adapted Physical Activity
  • BHAN 240: Fundamental Movement Skills

 

Obrusnikova, I., Firkin, C. F.*, Cavalier, A. R., & Suminski, R. R. (in press). Effects of resistance training interventions on muscular strength in adults with intellectual disabilities: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Disability and Rehabilitation. 

Obrusnikova, I., Cavalier, A. R., Novak, H. M.*, Blair-McKinsey, A. E.*, & Suminski, R. R. (in press). A community-based resistance training intervention to improve muscular strength and independent functional performance by adults with intellectual disabilities: A pilot randomized clinical trial. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. 

Obrusnikova, I., Cavalier, A. R., & Blair-McKinsey, A. E.* (in press). Using the Reasoned Action Approach to elicit beliefs of certified personal trainers about providing personal training to adults with intellectual disabilities in a community fitness program. Disability and Health Journal. 

Obrusnikova, I., Cavalier, A. R., Novak, H. M.*, Blair, A. E.*, & Suminski, R. R. (in press). The effects of a community-based familiarization intervention on independent performance of exercise tasks by adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Healy, S., Obrusnikova, I., & Getchell, N. (2021). Fundamental motor skill interventions in children with autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review of the literature including a methodological quality assessment. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 81, 101717. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2020.101717  

Block, M. E., Haegele, J. A., Kelly, L. E., & Obrusnikova, I. (2020). Exploring future research in adapted physical education. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/02701367.2020.1741500 

Healy, S., Williams, E.*, Patterson, F., Lozano, A., Hanlon, A., & Obrusnikova, I. (2020). Rethinking daily movement behaviors of children with autism spectrum disorder: Meeting the 24-hour movement guidelines. European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity, 13(2), 1-11. https://doi.org/10.5507/euj.2020.006

Obrusnikova, I., Cavalier, A. R., Novak, H. M., & Blair, A. E.* (2020). The effect of systematic prompting on the acquisition of two muscle-strengthening exercises by adults with moderate disabilities. Journal of Behavioral Education, 29(3), 584-605. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10864-019-09328-7

Obrusnikova, I., & Block, M. E. (2020). Historical context and definition of inclusion. In J. A. Haegele, S. R. Hodge, & D. R. Shapiro (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Adapted Physical Education (1st ed.). London: Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9780429052675

Block, M. E., Obrusnikova, I., & Lloyd, M. (2020). History of inclusive physical education in North America. In S. Heck & M.E. Block (Eds.) Inclusive physical education around the world: Origins, cultures, practices (pp. 9-27). New York: Routledge.

Obrusnikova, I., Novak, H. M.*, & Cavalier, A. R. (2019). The effect of systematic prompting on the acquisition of five muscle-strengthening exercises by adults with mild intellectual disabilities. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 36, 447-471. DOI:10.1123/apaq.2018-0192

Obrusnikova, I., & Cavalier, A. R. (2018). An evaluation of videomodeling on fundamental motor skill performance of preschool children. Early Childhood Education Journal. 46, 287-299. DOI 10.1007/s10643-017-0861-y

Obrusnikova, I., & Cavalier, A. R. (2017). The effect of videomodeling on fundamental motor skill performance of middle school children with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. 29(5), 757-775.

Obrusnikova, I., & Schoo, M. (2017). The missing link: Inclusive physical education out of the international perspective from adapted physical education - Inklusiver Sportunterricht aus Sicht des Förderschwerpunktes körperliche und motorische Entwicklung – eine internationale Perspektive. Sonderpädagogische Förderung Heute, 3, 277–287.

Obrusnikova, I., & Rattigan, P. (2016). Using video-based modeling to promote acquisition of fundamental motor skills in diverse learners. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 87(4) 24-29. DOI: 10.1080/07303084.2016.1141728.

Obrusnikova, I., & Dillon, S. R. (2012). Students’ beliefs and intentions to play with peers with disabilities in physical education: Relationships with Achievement and social goals. Journal of Teaching Physical Education, 31, 311-328. 

Obrusnikova, I., Bibik, J., Cavalier, A. R., & Manley, K.* (2012). Integrating therapy dog teams into a physical activity program for children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 83(6), 37-48.

Obrusnikova, I., Dillon, S. R., Block, M. E., & Davis, T. (2012). Validation of the children’s beliefs and intentions to play with peers with disabilities in middle school physical education scale. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. 24, 35-51. DOI: 10.1007/s10882-011-9253-1.

Obrusnikova, I., & *Miccinello, L. D. (2012). Parent perceptions of factors influencing after-school physical activity of children with autism spectrum disorders. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. 29, 63-80.

Obrusnikova, I., & Dillon, S. R. (2011). Validation of the inventory of teaching challenges for inclusive physical education: Autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 23, 563-579. DOI: 10.1007/s10882-011-9249-x.

Obrusnikova, I., & Cavalier, A. (2011). Perceived barriers and facilitators of participation in after-school physical activity by children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 23, 195-211. DOI 10.1007/s10882-010-9215-z.

Obrusnikova, I., & Dillon, S. R. (2011). Challenging situations when teaching children with autism spectrum disorders in general physical education. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. 28, 113-131.

Obrusnikova, I., Dillon, S. R., & Block, M. E. (2011). Middle school student intentions to play with peers with disabilities in physical education: Development and Initial Validation. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 23, 113-127. DOI 10.1007/s10882-010-9210-4.

Obrusnikova, I., Block, M. E., & Dillon, S. R. (2010). Children’s beliefs toward cooperative playing with peers with disabilities in physical education. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 27, 127-142.

*Co-authored with students.

  • Intellectual Disability
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Adapted Physical Activity
  • Self-Determination
  • System of Supports

Obrusnikova, I. (PI), Cavalier, A. R., Suminski, R., & Glutting, J. (2020-2022). Developing exercise self-efficacy for adults with intellectual disability scale. Delaware CTR ACCEL Pilot Grant, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health ($80,000).

Obrusnikova, I. (PI), & Suminski, R. R. (2019-2021). Using eye-tracking to assess attentional bias for food and physical activity among adults with intellectual disabilities. The Center for Innovative Health Research ($5,000).

 

Obrusnikova, I. (PI) & Cavalier, A. R. (2018-2019). The effects of guided exercise on health and independence of adults with intellectual disability: Pilot study. Center for Innovative Health Research ($5,000).

Obrusnikova, I. (PI) & Cavalier, A. R. (2016-2019). Promoting physical health and independence of adults with intellectual disabilities. YMCA of Delaware ($22,500).

Jadach, J., Hancharick, T., Kelly, J., Obrusnikova, I. (Co-I), & Cope, R. (2015-2018). Endless Possibilities in the Community: Y for All. Longwood Foundation ($100,000).

Obrusnikova, I. (PI on the sub-award), Cavalier, A., Jadach, J., & Hancharick, T. (2015-2017). Inclusion of adults with intellectual disabilities in Delaware fitness programs. Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number U54-GM104941 (PI: Binder-Macleod) ($30,759).

Obrusnikova, I.  (PI). (2014-2016). The design and evaluation of a mobile learning lab to facilitate motor skill acquisition by diverse learners. The Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning (CTAL) and Academic Technology Services (ATS) 2014 Transformation Grant ($30,000).

Obrusnikova, I. (PI). (2011-2012). The effects of therapy dog assisted exercise on physical activity of children with autism spectrum disorders. University of Delaware Research Foundation ($7,000).

Obrusnikova, I. (PI). (2010-2012). Effects of dog-assisted exercise on children with autism spectrum disorders. University of Delaware Research Foundation ($35,000).

Cavalier, A., & Obrusnikova, I. (Co-I). (2010-2012). The effects of animal-assisted interventions on the physical health and social behaviors of children with autism spectrum disorders. UNIDEL ($15,000).

Obrusnikova, I. (PI). (2010). Increasing physical activity levels in children with autism spectrum disorders. IM Able Foundation ($1,600).

Obrusnikova, I. (PI), & Dillon, S. R. (2008-2010). Development and initial validation of the inventory of problem situations for inclusive physical education. American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Research Consortium Seed grant ($5,000).

Obrusnikova, I. (PI). (2008-2009). Development and initial validation of the inventory of problem situations for inclusive physical education. General University Grant ($6,000).

Riddle, I., Nourie, C., Obrusnikova, I. (Co-I), & Mineo, B. (2007-2008). Developing a training curriculum for exercise staff on best practices for working with people who have disabilities and a technical assistance plan for 1614 Fitness and Aerobics. Developmental Disabilities Council grant #0706 ($15,000).

 

  • Director of Health and Disability Lab
  • International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity Fellow
  • Research Consortium of Shape America Fellow
  • Editorial Board Member of Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
  • Joint-Faculty member, Special Education, School of Education