Prof. Lauren Lieberman

Distinguished Service Professor Lauren Lieberman, Ph.D.

Dr. Lauren Lieberman is a 1996 graduate of Oregon State in the Movement Studies in Disabilities Program.

Dr. Lieberman is currently a Distinguished Service Professor at The College at Brockport in the area of Adapted Physical Education. Prior to graduate school, she taught at the Perkins School for the Blind in the Deafblind program for five years.

In addition to this, Dr. Lieberman founded and currently runs Camp Abilities, an educational sports camp for children with visual impairments, each summer in Brockport, NY. She has helped start nineteen Camp Abilities programs in the United States and six others in foreign countries and counting.

Dr. Lieberman’s areas of research include Inclusion Strategies as well as Physical Activity for Youth with Sensory Impairments. She has published more than 125 articles in referenced journals and given more than 130 presentations in twenty-four different countries.

To date, Dr. Lieberman has published eighteen books, and these are listed here.

Dr. Lieberman is currently on the board of the United States Association for Blind Athletes, the editorial boards of the Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, and Palaestra. Previously, she was the chair of the Adapted Physical Activity Council. She recently won Professional of the Year from The Adapted Physical Activity Council, The Hollis Fait Research Award from the National Consortium for Adapted Physical Education, and an Access Award from The American Foundation of the Blind for starting the program Camp Abilities.

In 2012, she, along with Dr. Pamela Beach, founded The Institute of Movement Studies for Individuals with Visual Impairments and she recently helped starta Camp Abilities in Latvia.



Lieberman, L.J., & Houston-Wilson, C. (2018). Strategies for inclusion; Physical

education for all. (3rd ed.) Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Grenier, M., & Lieberman, L.J. (Eds) (2018). Physical education for children with moderate to severe disabilities. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics

Lieberman, L.J. (2017) Camp Abilities Start-Up Manual

Lieberman, L.J., Haibach, P. (2016). Motor development for children with visual

impairments. Louisville, KY: American Printing House for the Blind.

Lieberman, L.J., Haegele, J.A., & Marquez, M. (2015). Possibilities: Recreation

experiences of individuals who are deafblind. (e-book) Louisville, KY: American Printing House for the Blind

Lieberman, L., Snell, L., Cruz, L., & Brown, P. (2014). Journey to wholeness: Voices of

women living with disabilities. New York, NY: Linus Publications.

Lieberman, L.J., Ponchillia, P., & Ponchillia, S. (2013). Physical education and sport for

individuals who are visually impaired or deafblind: Foundations of instruction. New York, NY: American Federation of the Blind Press.

Aillaud, C., & Lieberman, L.J. (2013). Everybody plays: How children with visual          

impairments play sports. Louisville, KY: American Printing House for the Blind.

Hodge, S., Lieberman, L.J., Murata, N. (2012). Essentials of teaching physical

education: Culture, diversity, and inclusion. Scottsdale, AZ: Holcom Hathaway Publishers

Stribing, A., Petersen, S., Lieberman, L.J., Haibach, P., & Brian, A. (in press). Factors

that influence the performance of motor skills of children with visual impairments and blindness: Barriers and solutions, Palaestra

Linsenbigler, K., Petersen, S., & Lieberman, L.J. (in press). Barriers to physical activity

for children with visual impairments: How far have we come and where do we still need to go? Palaestra, accepted

Brian, A., Lieberman, L., Grenier, M., Egan, C., & Taunton, S. (2017). 50 million strong for all: Universally designed CSPAP. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance,

Brian, A., Haegele, J., Nesbitt, D., Lieberman, L., Bostick, L., Taunton, S., & Stodden, D. (in press). Perceptions of motor competence for children with and without visual impairments. Journal of Visual Impairments and Blindness

Lieberman, L.J., & Haegele, J.A (in press). Physical education and transition planning experiences relating to recreation among adults who are deafblind: A recall analysis. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, accepted

Samalot, A., & Lieberman, L.J. (2017). “My inclusion in the IEP process makes my

job most enjoyable”. Palaestra,

Haegele, J., Brian, A., & Lieberman, L. (2017). Social Cognitive Theory determinants of

physical activity among adults with visual impairments. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, DOI 10.1007/s10882-017-9562-0

Starkoff, B., Lenz, E.K., Lieberman, L.J., Foley, J.T., Too, D. (2017). Physical activity patterns of adults with visual impairments. British Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 35, 130-142.

Tindall, D. W., Foley, J.T., Beets, M. W., Lieberman, L.J. (2017). Physical activity levels

of children with visual impairments during an adapted sports camp, British Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 35, 143-153.

Furtado, O.L.P.C., Lieberman, L.J., Gutierrez, G.L. (2017). Sport summer camp for

children and youth with visual impairment: Descriptive case study of Camp Abilities, British Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 35, 154-164.