Adelphi’s Department of Health and Sport Sciences believes that students should be health advocates in the classroom, on the field and in the world. By focusing on health and the whole person, our students learn to enhance the lives of individuals, families and communities. Our department stands by the principle that physical activity benefits should be available to everyone—regardless of background, appearance, belief system or socioeconomic status.


Events from 2019


Putting Kids First: An Exploration of the Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Model to Youth Development in Eswatini, Z. Huysmans, D. Clement, Meredith Whitley, M. Gonzalez, and T. Sheehy


SDP and Research Methods, W. V. Massey and Meredith Whitley


Do Fitness Test Performances Predict Students' Attitudes and Emotions Toward Physical Education?, Kelly L. Simonton, Kevin J. Mercier, and Alex C. Garn


Behavioral Economics in Sport for Development and Peace: A Viable Route to Innovation?, Meredith A. Whitley


Sport for Development and Peace: Surveying Actors in the Field, Meredith A. Whitley, K. Farrell, E. A. Wolff, and S. J. Hillyer


A Systematic Review of Sport for Youth Development Interventions Across Six Global Cities, Meredith A. Whitley, William V. Massey, Martin Camiré, Lindsey C. Blom, Megan Chawansky, Shawn Forde, Mish Boutet, Amanda Borbee, and Simon C. Darnell


Sport-Based Youth Development Interventions in the United States: A Systematic Review, Meredith A. Whitley, W. V. Massey, Martin Camiré, M. Boutet, and A. Borbee

Events from 2018

Most Physically Educated Contest, Kevin J. Mercier and Thomas Howard

The Most Physically Educated Contest, Kevin J. Mercier and Thomas Howard


Barriers to Holistic Coaching for Positive Youth Development in South Africa, Meredith A. Whitley, Daniel Gould, E. Missy Wright, and Laura A. Hayden


A Systems Theory of Development Through Sport for Traumatized and Disadvantaged Youth, Meredith A. Whitley, William V. Massey, and Megan Wilkison

Submissions from 2017

Combating gender bias, a mediating factor on teacher value orientation, using activity theory, E. Bernstein, S. Phillips, and Kevin Mercier


Gamification in the Wild: Faculty Perspectives on Gamifying Learning in Higher Education, A.C.Y. Hung, E. Zarco, D. Dembicki, M. Yang, and M. Kase

Three Year Study of Students' Attitudes Toward Physical Education: Grades 4-8, Kevin Mercier, C. Donovan, A. Gibbone, and K. Rozga

Most physically educated contest., Kevin Mercier and T. Howard

Three Year Study of Students' Attitudes Toward Physical Education: Grades 4-8, Kevin J. Mercier, C. Donovan, A. Gibbone, and K. Rozga

Fitness Assessment: Recommendations for an Enjoyable Student Experience., S. R. Phillips, R. Marttinen, and Kevin Mercier

A successful CSPAP in NYC Schools; WITS., W. Siskin and Kevin Mercier

Attitudes matter in physical education, P. R. Subramaniam and Kevin Mercier

Educating future leaders of the sport-based youth development field, M. A. Whitley, J. Bruening, T. Martinek, and K Mercier


Reflections on Service-Learning: Student Experiences in a Sport-Based Youth Development Course, Meredith A. Whitley

Events from 2016

Nutrition Educator Competencies for Promoting Healthy Individuals, Communities, and Food Systems, S. Ash, M. Burns, I. Contento, K. Corda, D. Dembicki, S. Goodell, M. Olfert, G. Pazzaglia, J. Sherman, and J. Steinmetz

Next Practice in Online Nutrition Education--Gamification--An Inquiry Into the Process of Improving Student Engagement, Diane F. Dembicki

Experiences of teacher evaluation systems on highschool physical education programs, S. Phillips, Kevin Mercier, and S. Doolittle

Submissions from 2014


Both Sides Win: Why Using Mediation Would Improve Pro Sports, Mark Grabowski