Developmental Disabilities Research Team
Emily Munn (Doctoral Candidate)
Emily was a member of the Auburn University Swim Team. She received her Bachelor's in Exercise Science and her Masters in Special Education at Auburn University. She has been running the adapted swim program in the lab since Summer 2016. Her research interests focus on the effects of adapted swimming lessons on swim skill, swim safety, social functions, and emotional regulation in individuals with disabilities. More recently, Emily is looking into the effects of aerobic exercise on attention in individuals with disabilities.
Davis Dyke (Doctoral Candidate)
Julia Montagner Sassi (Doctoral Candidate)
Julia earned her Bachelor's from UNIFRA (Brazil) in Psychology. She completed her Masters in Exercise Science here at Auburn University. Her interests are motor and cognitive development in children from low socioeconomic status. Julia enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Danielle Carabello (Doctoral Student)
Danielle graduated from Temple University with her Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training. She graduated this May with her Master's in Exercise Science from Auburn University and is a current Ph.D. student under Dr. Pangelinan. Danielle's research interests are: Examining the relationship between physical fitness (i.e., aerobics and strength training) on cognitive function and interoception in individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities as a function of aging; and identifying risk factors for injury in individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities participating in physical activities and sports.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Our research is not possible without the help of a large team of undergraduate research assistants. If you are interested in becoming an undergraduate research assistant for the adapted sport and physical activity programs for individuals with developmental disabilities, please click here for more information.
Ali Northcutt (Undergraduate Research Fellow)
Ali is currently a sophomore at Auburn University majoring in Exercise Science. Her research is focused on The Efficacy of Adaptive Aerobic Exercise on Sleep in Adults with Disabilities. Outside of research, Ali enjoys spending time with her friends and family, coaching swimming, and teaching swim lessons.
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