Lisa Silliman-French, Ph.D.


Lisa Silliman-French, Ph.D.

PH 119A



Lisa Silliman-French has been with TWU for 14 years and taught in the public school as an Adapted Physical Education (APE) teacher and Special Education Coordinator for 17 years. She has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of pedagogy related to students with disabilities. She has received state, national, and international teaching awards. She has published a minimum of 44 referred manuscripts, 9 manuals/guides, and 7 referred articles in proceedings. She has presented 9 webinars/podcasts, over 35 research poster presentations, 140 state/national/international presentations, and has been a Keynote presenter for 2 conferences. Her largest grant received was a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to address the critical national and state shortages of teachers in APE to help meet the needs of students with low-incidence disabilities attending high poverty schools. She has been involved in numerous University, College, and Departmental committees consistently throughout her employment at TWU. In addition she is greatly involved with the state organization related to health and physical education for students with disabilities.


Ph.D., Kinesiology, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX, 1993
M.S., Kinesiology, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX, 1987
B.S., Physical Education, State University of New York at Cortland, NY, 1985


Adapted and General Physical Education Pedagogy; Assessment and Behavior Management for School-aged Children with Disabilities

Latest Articles

Effectiveness of instructional strategies on the motor performance of children with Autism Spectrum disorder
Palaestra (2018)
Melissa Bittner, Lisa Silliman-French, Diane Myers, David Nichols

Assessment instruments used by adapted physical educators in Texas
Texas Association of Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Journal (2018)
Geoben Johnson, Kyungjin Kim, Melissa Bittner, Lisa Silliman-French

Yoga for young children with Down syndrome
Palaestra (2017)
Amanda Young, Lisa Silliman-French, Lindy Crawford

The differential effects of attentional focus in children with moderate and profound visual impairments
Frontiers in psychology: Movement Science and Sport Psychology (2017)
Scott McNamara, Kevin Becker, Lisa Silliman-French

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

A comparative analysis on research trends (2011-2015) between Korean's APA and American's APA: Center for APAE and APAQ
Korean Journal of Adapted Physical Activity (2016)
Hyun-Su Lee, Kyung Jin Kim, Lisa Silliman-French, Jin-Woo Park

Effects of three levels of test fidelity on the performance of the 20-m PACER test for children with intellectual disabilities: A pilot investigation.
Palaestra (2016)
Jaehwa Kim, Ron Davis, Ron French, Lloyd Kinnison, Lisa Silliman-French

Effect of movement-based homework activities of children with a phonological disorder
Palaestra (2015)
Paz Diaz-Williams, Lisa Silliman-French, Ron French, David Nichols, Laura Moorer-Cook

Moving from extrinsic to intrinsic motivation: Performance and learning in adapted physical education
Palaestra (2014)
R French, H Henderson, B Lavay, L Silliman-French

Professional Affiliations

  • International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity
  • National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE)
  • Texas Association for Health, Physical, Education, Recreation, and Dance
  • TWU Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi