Jihyun Lee, Ph.D.
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Dr. Jihyun Lee is an assistant professor of Adapted Physical Activity/Education in the Department of Kinesiology at San Jose State University. She earned her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. She worked as an assistant professor at Sam Houston State University from 2013 to 2016 and San Francisco State University from 2016 to 2017. Since then she has coordinated undergraduate Adapted Physical Activity/Education programs. She has worked with individuals with disabilities in various physical activity settings since 2008. Her scholarly interests include mechanisms underlying the effects of physical activity on motor and social development of children with autism, and fitness and workability of young adults with disabilities. She has worked extensively to engage undergraduate students in service-learning experiences related to adapted physical activity. Her research has been conducted in community-based intervention programs such as movement-based social skills programs for children with autism and a fitness program for youths with disabilities in community-based transition programs. She has published numerous articles in national/international physical education and disability-related academic journals, as well as a number of textbook chapters.
Ph.D. The Ohio State University – Physical Education Teacher Education (Emphasis in Adapted Physical Education/Activity)
M.S. Seoul National University – Kinesiology: Emphasis in Exercise Physiology
B.S. Seoul National University – Kinesiology: Emphasis in Physical Education
Expertise, Research & Teaching Interests
Dr. Lee has used academic community engagement for her students as it is known to offer students the opportunities to a) have better understanding of the content while applying knowledge and theory to relevant practice and reflection on their own action; and b) build a sense of civic responsibility. All of her adapted physical activity/education courses have incorporated service-learning components to enable students to engage in experiential learning and giving back to community while interacting with individuals with disabilities in physical activity settings. She has successfully secured internal and external grants and has been able to create several community-based adapted physical activity programs such as a movement-based social skills program for children with autism. She is passionate for quality physical activity programs for individuals with disabilities and field sites where her students can have hands-on experiences and engage in research activities.
- Adapted Aquatics
- Introduction to Adapted Physical Activity
- Lifespan Motor Development
- Movement for Individuals with Severe Disabilities
- Movement for Individuals with Mild Disabilities
- Motor Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities
- Sport and Leisure Perspectives for Special Populations
- Teaching Secondary Physical Education
Lee, J., Vargo, K. K., & Porretta, D. L. (2018). An evaluation of the effects of antecedent exercise type on stereotypic behaviors. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. 30(3), 409-426.
Lee, J., & Vargo, K. K. (2017). Physical activity into socialization: A movement-based social skills program for children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. 88(4), 7-13.
Haegele, J. A., Lee, J., Chang, S. H. (2017). Physical activity of parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. International Journal of Disability, Development & Education, 64(4), 368-377. doi.org/10.1080/1034912X.2016.1232375
Lee, J., & Haegele, J. A. (2016). Understanding challenging behaviors of students with autism spectrum disorder in physical education. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. 87(7), 27-30.
Santiago, J. A., Lee, J., & Roper, E. A. (2016). Effects of service learning on kinesiology students’ attitudes toward children with disabilities. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 20(2), 109-126.
Lee, J., & Porretta, D. L. (2016). The Effect of instruction on stereotypic behaviors of boys with autism spectrum disorder: A pilot study. Palaestra, 18-22.
Lee, J., & Haegele, J. A. (2015). A cross-disciplinary comparison of publication trends: Adapted physical activity and special education. European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity, 8(1), 7-20.
Haegele, J. A., Lee, J., & Porretta, D. L. (2015). Research trends in adapted physical activity quarterly from 2004 to 2013. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 32(3), 187-205.
Lee, J., Vargo, K. K., & Chang, S. H. (March, 2017). Evaluation of a motor-based social Skills program. Presented at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Boston, MA.
Haegele, J. A., Zhu, X., Lee, J., & Lieberman, L. J. (September, 2016). Physical activity for adults with visual impairments: Impact of socio-demographic factors. Presented at the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity Symposium in Alberta, CA.
Haegele, J., Lee, J. & Famelia, R. (August, 2016). Health-related quality of life, physical activity, and sedentary behavior of adults with visual impairments. Presented at the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities Conference in McLean, VA.
Haegele, J., Lee, J., & Chang, S. H. (April, 2016). Physical activity of parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. Presented at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Minneapolis, MN.
Lee, J., Chang, S. H., Haegele, J. A. (April, 2016). Satisfaction of parents of children with autism toward physical education. Presented at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Minneapolis, MN.
Lee, J., Haegele, J. A., & Chang, S. H. (April, 2016). Physical education satisfaction of physically-active parents of children with autism. Presented at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Minneapolis, MN.
Santiago, J. A., Lee, J., & Roper, E. A. (March, 2015). Service-learning effects on kinesiology students' attitudes toward children with disabilities. Presented at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Seattle, WA.
Undergraduate/Graduate Student Research Supervision
A Movement-based Social Skills Program for Children with Autism: Undergraduate students engaged in research activities when they participated in service-learning activities. They assisted children and youths with autism spectrum disorders in learning motor and social skills through physical activities. They collected and analyzed social and motor skills data to see any differences in the posttest and interpreted and reported the results.
Fitness Program and Therapeutic Exercise Program for High School Transition Students: Undergraduate students engaged in community service activities for students with disabilities in local community-based programs to increase their movement skills and fitness as well as social skills. They created participants’ physical activity profiles and collected fitness data to design appropriate therapeutic and recreational activities. Students participated in a variety of activities based on their experiences including giving poster/oral presentations and writing scholarly articles.
Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America
North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (NAFAPA)
National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID)