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NAFAPA Representative to IFAPA:
Iva Obrusnikova,

University of Delaware

Academic Title: Associate Professor, Ph.D.

Dr. Obrusnikova moved to the United States in 2002 after finishing her PhD at Palacky University in the Czech Republic and a European Master’s Degree in Adapted Physical Activity (EMDAPA) at the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium. She is currently Associate Professor and Health and Disability Laboratory director at the University of Delaware. Dr. Obrusnikova has been a member of NAFAPA/IFAPA since 2003. She has served on other national and international committees including the National Consortium for Physical Education of Individuals with Disabilities and SHAPE America. For her contribution to the field, she became the SHAPE America’s Research Consortium Fellow in 2011 and received the G. Lawrence Rarick Research Award in 2015. Her most recent studies examine how different technology-based instructional strategies promote functional performance, health-related fitness, and independence in adults with developmental disabilities. Her research with children focuses on the role of physical activity in the reduction of cardiometabolic risk factors. She developed and validated a number of scales assessing challenging situations that educators, families, or peers without disabilities encounter when working with children with developmental disabilities in physical activity settings. She is currently developing an exercise self-efficacy scale for adults with intellectual disabilities. She is an editorial board member of Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly and Palaestra. In addition to her teaching and research at the University of Delaware, she is leading a number of initiatives to promote health and inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the community including the Healthy Delawareans and Accessible Parks initiatives. To facilitate community engagement, over the past 15 years, she has served on four state advisory boards including the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens.