National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID), in cooperation with Sagamore Publishing, LLC, and PALAESTRA, are proud to announce the new David P. Beaver Young Scholar Award. This award will be sponsored by Sagamore Publishing and presented at the NCPEID Annual Meeting in July to a young scholar who is new to the field of physical education for individuals with disabilities (new to the field within last seven years).

This years award went to Ali Brian.

Ali Brian, PhD, CAPE is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Education at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Brian is the coordinator of both the Master of Science in Adapted Physical Education program as well as the Doctoral Program in Pedagogy and Motor Behavior. A recent graduate from The Ohio State University in 2014, Dr. Brian is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications within the fields of Adapted Physical Education/Activity and Motor Behavior and has over 150 presentations at national and international conferences. Dr. Brian’s research situates broadly as establishing underlying mechanisms (e.g., gross motor, psychological, and social-cognitive development) that drive positive developmental trajectories for health for children and youth with and without disabilities. Additionally, Dr. Brian and colleagues use the information gleamed to create integrative intervention strategies (such as the SKIP intervention which can be implemented by classroom teachers, parents, researchers, physical educators) to improve multiple aspects of child development in a manner that is sustainable. Dr. Brian’s intervention efforts mainly target preschool-aged children with and without disabilities and also youth with visual impairments.

About the award

Applicant Criteria

  1. Is a recent graduate/early career (within 7 years post graduation)

  2. Demonstrates strong dedication to the future of adapted physical education/activity, evident through professional activities, and information dissemination.

  3. Displays record of scholarship or related activity including but not limited to research publications, teaching publications, presentations, or in-services

  4. Has significant service/advocacy contributions to local and/or national efforts indicating an emerging national reputation (something to indicate above and beyond their time in APA profession)