department of kinesiology

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Emily D. Clapham

  • Associate Professor
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Phone: 401.874.5447
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  • Mailing Address: Independence Square, Suite P, RM 223


Dr. Clapham is interested in the effects of using technology in physical education settings. Her dissertation focused on utilizing heart rate monitors and pedometers with fourth and fifth grade students. She created supportive curricula to create a conceptual framework for implementing the devices successfully. Dr. Clapham’s other research interests include: the “new” physical education, girls’ sport and physical activity participation and motivation and physical activity for upper elementary and secondary students.


Ocean Therapy, “New” Physical Education, Motivation and Physical Activity


  • Ed.D., Curriculum and Teaching, Boston University
  • M.S., Physical Education and Exercise Science, University of Rhode Island
  • B.S., Physical Education, University of Rhode Island


Clapham, E.D. (2013). Effects of Physical Education Supportive Curricula and Technological Devices on Physical Activity. The Physical Educator. In Press.

Lamont, L., Panagiotis, P.  Armitano, C.N., Clapham, E.D. (2013). Development of a wet suit for children with Down’s syndrome. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education. In Press.

Ciccomascolo, L.E., Clapham, E., Nardone, M., & Southern, S. (2013). Take the lead: Empowering urban elementary school girls through a
12-wk leadership and physical activity intervention. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. In Press.

Clapham, E.D., Armitano, C.N., Lamont, L., & Audette, J.G. (2013). The Ocean as a Unique Therapeutic Environment: Developing a Surfing Program. Journal of Physical Education Recreation and Dance. In Press.

Clapham, E.D. (2011) Research Review: An Analysis of Physical Activity and Elementary Physical Education Curricula Using Heart Rate Monitors and Pedometers. In Ciccomascolo, L. & Sullivan, E, The Dimensions of Physical Education and Health Education: An Introduction to the Discipline. Sudsbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

Clapham, E.D. (2011). Technology in PE: Pedometers and Heart Rate Monitors Are a Must for PE Today. In Ciccomascolo, L. & Sullivan, E. The Dimensions of Physical Education and Health Education: An Introduction to the Discipline.Sudsbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

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