Suzanna Dillon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

School of Health Promotion and Kinesiology

Suzanna Dillon, Ph.D.

Contact

sdillon@twu.edu
940-898-2582
PH 119B

Education

Ph.D., Kinesiology, Developmental and Adapted Physical Education, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX, 2005
M.A., Teaching in Physical Education, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 1996
B.S., Biology, Alma College, Alma, MI, 1994

Research Interests

Adapted Physical Education; Adapted Physical Activity; Autism Spectrum Disorders, 

Latest Articles

The impact of podcasts on special education administrators' understanding of adapted physical education services.
International Journal of Disability, Development and Education (2020)
S McNamara, Suzanna R Dillon, K Becker, S Healy, L Trujillo-Jenks

Parents' intentions toward including their children with visual impairments in physical activities
Disability and Rehabilitation (2020)
L Columna, D Streete, Suzanna R Dillon, S Prieto, B Myers

Occupational socialization of physical education teacher candidates teaching students with disabilities.
International Journal of Disability, Development and Education (2020)
Suzanna R Dillon, N Corcoran, J Bailey, T Davis, L Columna

Finding a home for adapted physical education in individualized education program software
European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity (2020)
S McNamara, Suzanna R Dillon

Korean Immigrant Parents of Children with Autism and Physical Education.
International Journal of Disability, Development and Education (2020)
S H Lee, S Hodge, Suzanna R Dillon, M Stewart, M Picariello

Special Education Administrators' Knowledge of Adapted Physical Education: A Pilot Study.
International Journal of Disability, Development and Education (2020)
S McNamara, L Trujillo-Jenks, Suzanna R Dillon, S Healy, K Becker

Drumming and dancing: Creative movement for Convention Refugee youth in a physical activity space.
Sport, Education and Society (2019)
K Dhillon, E Centeio, Suzanna R Dillon

Physical activity participation among families of children with visual impairments and blindness
Disability and Rehabilitation (2019)
L Columna, Suzanna R Dillon, M Dolphin, D Streete, S Hodge

Online learning for school administrators regarding physical education: A systematic review
ICPEL Education Leadership Review (2019)
Scott McNamara, Suzanna R Dillon, N Fulton

Korean immigrant parents' views of physical education programming in the United States
Palaestra (2019)
S. H. Lee, S. Dillon, M. A. Stewart

Parents' beliefs about physical activity and their children with visual impairments
Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly (2018)
L. Columna, D. Streete, S. Hodge, S. Dillon, L. Myers

Advocacy for immigrant parents of children with disabilities
Palaestra (2018)
S. H. Lee, R. French, S. Dillon, K. Kim

Exercise identified as an evidence-based practice for individuals with autism spectrum disorder
Palaestra (2018)
M. Bittner, L. Goudy, S. Dillon, S. McNamara, D. Adams

How to teach in APE – An international perspective on method construction in inclusive physical education
Beltz Juventa Sonderpädagogische Förderung heute (2017)
Suzanna R Dillon, M. Giese, C. Teigland

Evaluating exercise as evidence-based practice for individuals with autism spectrum disorder
Frontiers in Public Health (2017)
Suzanna R Dillon, D. Adams, L. Goudy, M. Bittner, S. McNamara

Parents' perceptions of physical activity experiences for their families and children with visual impairments
British Journal of Visual Impairment (2017)
L. Columna, Suzanna R Dillon, M. Norris, M. Dolphin

Use of technology to facilitate physical activity in children with autism spectrum disorders: A pilot study
Physiology & Behavior (2017)
M. D. Bittner, R. R. Rigby, L. Silliman-French, D. L. Nichols, Suzanna R Dillon

Physical activity participation among families of children with visual impairments and blindness
Disability and Rehabilitation (2017)
L. Columna, S. Dillon, M. Norris, D. Streete, L. Myers

Books

Adapted Physical Education National Standards Web Study Guide
Human Kinetics (2019)
Luke Kelly

Adapted Physical Education National Standards
Human Kinetics (2019)
L Kelly

Adapted Physical Education Desk Reference
PE Central (2010)
T D Davis, Suzanna R Dillon

Chapters

Neurodiversity
in Sustainable Community Health: Systems and Practices in Diverse Settings | Palgrave Macmillan (2020)
A Columbo-Dougovito, S Dillon

The psycho-social dynamics of physical education for students with disabilities
in Physical Education: Role of school programs, children's attitudes and health implications | Nova Science Publishers (2014)
S R Dillon, K Kischnick, J J Martin

Externally Funded Projects

The Group Riding Equine Assisted Therapy (GREAT) Project
GOV-Veterans Affairs | $93,134.00 | 2019
Role: Principal Investigator

Training Leaders to Improve Education and Health Outcomes of Individuals Served by IDEA: A Multi-Institution Mentoring Consortium Year 1 of 5
US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs | 2019
Role: Collaborator

Project Nexus: Interdisciplinary Preparation of Adapted Physical Educators and Speech-Language Pathologists to Serve Children with Disabilities who have High-Intensity Needs Year 1 of 5
US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs | $1,238,703.00 | 2019
Role: Principal Investigator

Preparation of Highly Qualified Adapted Physical Educators at the Master's Level for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities Year 4 of 5
US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs | 2017
Role: Co-Investigator

Internally Funded Projects

The influence of equine-assisted therapy on sensory patterns and motor skills in children with autism spectrum disorder
Texas Woman's University | 2019
Research Grant

Program Officer Visit Travel Grant
Texas Woman's University | $746.00 | 2019
Research Grant

Interdisciplinary Personnel Preparation in Special Education and Adapted Physical Education: Development of a CFDA 84.325K
Texas Woman's University | $3,779.00 | 2017
Research Grant

Small Grants Program
Texas Woman's University | $500.00 | 2017
Research Grant

Training Physical Educators to Implement Evidence-Based Practices for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Community-based Sport Programming
$0.00 | 2016
Research Grant

Evidence-based Practices for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Community-based Sport Programming
$0.00 | 2016
Research Grant

Professional Affiliations

  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance
  • National Consortium on Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID)
  • North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (NAFAPA)
  • SHAPE America
  • Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD)