Phil Esposito

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice and Undergraduate Program Director
Rickel Academic Wing 172G | 817-257-6866


Ph.D., University of Michigan
MS, Missouri State University
BS, Truman State University

Courses Taught

KINE 10101 - Introduction to kinesiology
KINE 30423 - Motor development
KINE 30833 - Physical activity & disability
KINE 30843 - Neuromuscular pathophysiology
KINE 40103 - Senior seminar
KINE 40700 - Practicum in adapted physical activity
KINE 40793 - Senior research
NURS 30063 - Global perspective in health (Ireland)

Areas of Focus

Health & physical function in individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities
Interventions targeting health & developmental disparities in individuals with intellectual disabilities

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.

Shah, M., Bouza, B., Adams-Huet, B., Jaffery, M., Esposito, P., & Dart, L. (2016). Effect of calorie or exercise labels on menus on calories and macronutrients ordered and calories from specific foods in Hispanic participants: a randomized study. Journal of Investigative Medicine

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:

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. Esposito

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] Doi: 10.1186/1756-0500-4-422.


Collins, K., Young, A., & Esposito, P. (2017). New criteria for assessing body composition among children with Down syndrome. International Symposium for Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA). Daegu, South Korea.

Cole, W., Giovinazzo, B., Owens, L., & Esposito, P. (2017).  Reaction time and fine motor dexterity in adults with intellectual disabilities.  Poster presentation at the 2017 American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Annual Conference & Expo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Ziegler, K. & Esposito, P. (2017).  Physical activity and body composition in children with cerebral palsy.  Poster presentation at the 2017 American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), San Antonio, Texas.

Wisniewski, S., Igler, E., & Esposito, P. (2017).  Abbreviated models for predicting fall risk in adults with intellectual disabilities.  Poster presentation at the 2017 American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), San Antonio, Texas.

Collins, K. & Esposito, P. (2016).  Validating physical fitness assessments in adolescents with intellectual disabilities. Graduate student presentation at the 2016 North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity, Edmonton, Alberta.

Aliber, J., Salas, C., Siegers, H., Young, A., & Esposito, P.  (2016). Nintendo Wii balance training in children with and without Down syndrome. Poster presentation at the 2016 American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), Anaheim, California.

Schuele, K., Tumminello, M., & Esposito, P. (2016).  Test-retest of the Purdue Pegboard in adults with intellectual disabilities. Poster presentation at the 2016 American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Annual Conference & Expo, Chicago, Illinois

Anzalone, A.J. & Esposito, P. (2015).  Concurrent Validity of the Sahara Portable Bone Sonometer. Poster presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine meeting, San Diego, California.

3x Wassenich Award for mentoring nominee

Student Government Association (SGA) Faculty of the year (Harris College)

North American Federation for Adapted Physical Activity (NAFAPA)
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Associate Editor
Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly

Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Research in Developmental Disabilities
Journal of Motor Learning and Development

Senior clinical director, Special Olympics Texas

Regional Clinical Advisor, Special Olympics North America