Phil Esposito

Phil Esposito, Ph.D.

Educational Background

Ph.D. – University of Michigan
Kinesiology – Motor behavior and developmental disabilities

M.S. – Missouri State University
Secondary Education – Physical education

B.S. – Truman State University
Exercise Science

Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate: Introduction to Kinesiology, Adapted Physical Education, and Physical Activity and Disability, Motor Development

Research Interests

My main research objectives are working within the parameters of various developmental disabilities to improve health, physical functioning, and quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities.  I am particularly interested in the role of physical activity to narrow the physical, health, and developmental gaps that exist between youth with developmental disabilities and their peers.

Selected Publications

Peterson, M.D., Lukasik, L., Muth, T., Esposito, P., Haapala, H., Gordon, P.M., IglayReger, H., & Hurvitz, E.A.  (2012).  Recumbent cross-training is a feasible and safe mode of physical activity for significantly motor-impaired adults with cerebral palsy.  Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2012.09.027

Esposito, P. & MacDonald, M. I., Hornyak, J. E., & Ulrich, D. A.   (2012).  Physical activity patterns of youth with Down syndrome.  Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 50(2), 109-119.  doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1352/1934-9556-50.2.109

MacDonald, M., Esposito, P., Hauck, J., Jeong, I, Hornyak, J. E., Argento, A., & Ulrich, D. A.  (2012).  Successful Bicycle Training for Youths with Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 27 (1), 10-19.  10.1177/1088357611428333.

MacDonald, M, Esposito, P. & Ulrich, D. (2011). The physical activity patterns of children with DS during school. P.E.links4u. http://www.pelinks4u.org/articles/mcdonald11_11.htm.

MacDonald, M., Jaszewski, C., Esposito, P., & Ulrich, D. (2011). The effect of learning an age-appropriate motor behavior on the social development of youth with autism spectrum disorder. Palaestra, 25(4), 37-42.

MacDonald, M., Esposito, P. & Ulrich, D. (2011). Physical Activity Patterns in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. BMC Research Notes. [Epub ahead of print] http://www.biomedcentral.com/1756-0500/4/422. Doi: 10.1186/1756-0500-4-422.

Recent Posters and Presentations

Esposito, P. (2012).  Measuring physical activity in youth with Down syndrome.  Oral presentation at the 2012 North American Federation for Adapted Physical Activity, Birmingham, AL.

Ptichford, E.A., Ulrich, D.A., Esposito, P., Hornyak, J. (2012).  Parental satisfaction of physical activity among Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders: structural equation model, Birmingham, AL.

Esposito, P. & Ulrich, D.A.  (2012).  Body composition and physical activity measures in Down syndrome.  Poster presentation at the 2012 AAHPERD National Convention, Boston, Mass.

Jeong, I., Hauck, J.L., MacDonald, M.I., Esposito, P. & Ulrich, D.A.  (2012).  Youth with developmental disabilities who learned to ride a bicycle.  Paper submitted for presentation  at the 2012 AAHPERD National Convention, Boston, Mass.

Lukasik, L.M., Muth, T., Esposito, P., IglayReger, H.B., Haapala, H.J., Gross, E., Hurvitz, E.A.  (2011).  Is the NuStep® a Feasible and/or Beneficial Piece of Equipment for Adults with Cerebral Palsy (GMFCS III & IV)?  Poster Presentation at American Medical Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana.

MacDonald, M., Esposito, P., & Ulrich, D.A. (2011). The relationship of motor skills on severity in young children with autism spectrum disorders. Paper submitted for presentation at the 18th International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA), Christchurch, New Zealand.

Esposito, P., MacDonald, M., Hauck, J., Jeong, I., Ulrich, D.A.  (2011, submitted).  Physical activity and body composition in youth with Down syndrome.  Paper submitted for presentation at the 18th International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA), Christchurch, New Zealand.

Esposito, P. & Ulrich, D.A.  (2011).  Physical activity and body composition in youth with Down syndrome.  Poster at the 2011 AAHPERD National Convention in San Diego, California.

MacDonald, M., Esposito, P., Hauck, J., Jeong, I., & Ulrich, D.A.  (2010).  The physical activity patterns of youth with ASD.  Oral presentation at the 39th National Adapted Physical Education Conference and North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity Symposium, Riverside, California.

Esposito, P. & Ulrich, D.A.  (2010).  Predicting bicycle riding success in youth with Down syndrome or autism.  Oral presentation at the 39th National Adapted Physical Education Conference and North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity Symposium, Riverside, California.

Esposito, P., MacDonald, M., & Ulrich, D.A.  (2010).  Physical activity levels of children with and without Down syndrome.  Poster at the 3rd International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Toronto, Canada.

MacDonald, M., Esposito, P., & Ulrich, D.A.  (2010).  The physical activity patterns of children with Down syndrome during school.  Poster at the 3rd International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Toronto, Canada.

Ulrich, D.A., MacDonald, M., Esposito, P., Hauck, J., & Jeong, I.  (2010).  Does learning to ride a two-wheel bicycle affect levels of physical activity in youth with Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders?  Free communication at the 3rd International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Toronto, Canada.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member. American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD)
  • Member. National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
  • Member. Research Consortium (RC)
  • Member. North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (NAFAPA)
  • Member. Texas Chapter American College of Sports Medicine (TACSM)
  • Member, National Consortium for Physical Education & Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPERID)

Professional Service

  • Reviewer for PALAESTRA
  • Reviewer for Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
  • Reviewer for Research Quarterly for Exercise & Sport
  • Reviewer for the ING Run For Something Better School Awards Program
  • Reviewer for Head Start Play Space Grant Award
  • Program reviewer for AAHPERD National Convention

Honors & Awards

  • Stan Kemp scholarship award (designated for individuals embodying the late Mr. Kemp’s high character, leadership, scholarship, integrity and idealism)- University of Michigan (2011)
  • Adapted Physical Activity Council Doctoral Student Recognition Award (2011)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (Kinesiology nominee) – University of Michigan (2010)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (Kinesiology nominee) – University of Michigan (2009)

Grants and Scholarships

  • Junior Faculty Summer Research Grant
  • Research and Creative Activities Fund
  • Special Olympics – Healthy Athletes Student Award
  • Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
  • Rackham Merit Fellowship

Updated Jan. 2013