Senior Professor, Health and Kinesiology
Office#: 301-C Blocker
Mail Stop: 4243
Office Phone: (979) 845-1277
Other Title: Director, Child Motor Development Laboratory
Primary Emphasis Area: Kinesiology
Vita: View Document
Short Bio
Carl Gabbard is a Professor and Director of the Child Motor Development Lab in the Motor Neuroscience Division at Texas A&M University, and a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology. He has published over 250 articles of research and application related to motor development and physical activity. He is the author of Lifelong Motor Development, 6th edition, Pearson (2012) and has co-authored and reviewed several major curricular documents. In addition to the USA, he has presented his work in France, China, Portugal, Brazil, the Philippines, the Netherlands, Canada, Mexico, and Ecuador. He just completed a term as Associate Editor (Motor Behavior-Development) for the Research Quarterly for Exercise & Sport and currently serves on three Editorial Boards for prominent journals. In addition, he is frequently an invited reviewer for several scientific journals, e.g., Developmental Neuropsychology, Developmental Psychology, Infant Behavior and Development, Experimental Brain Research, Brain and Cognition.

Dr. Gabbard has received the following honors: Karpovich Lecturer (Springfield College), Margie R. Hanson Distinguished Service Award (AAHPERD), AAHPERD Southern District Scholar, and Motor Development Senior Lecturer (NASPSPA). Dr. Gabbard served as President of the National Assoc. for Sport and Phys. Ed. (over 18k members) and as Chair of the Motor Development section for NASPSPA.

Research Interests
Growth and Motor Development of Infants and Children
Physical Education for Children
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Patel, P., and Gabbard, C. (2016). Adaptation and preliminary testing of the developmental coordination disorder questionnaire (DCD-Q) for children in India. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics early on-line, DOI: 10.3109/01942638.2016.1150383

2. Gabbard, C., Robinson, K., and Fox, A. A. (2016). A program to improve reach estimation and reduce fall risk in the elderly. Geriatrics: 1(2), 14; doi:10.3390/geriatrics1020014. (30 credits requested; Impact Factor N/A)

3. Caola, P., Ibana, M., Ricard, M., & Gabbard, C. (2016). Children with developmental coordination disorder demonstrate a spatial mismatch when estimating coincident-timing ability with tools. Research in Developmental Disabilities 48: 124-131. (67.5 credits request [half of 135]; senior investigator; Soc Impact Factor 1.87)

4. Pacheco, S., Gabbard, C., Ries, L., and Bobbio, T. (2016). Interlimb coordination and academic performance in elementary school children. Pediatrics International 58(10: 1297-1306.

5. Zoghi, A., Shojaei, M., Ghasemi, A., & [Gabbard, C]. (2016). The impact of motor affordances intervention on motor and cognitive development of young children. International Journal of Mental Health Addiction 14(5): 743-750

6. Lopes, V., Gabbard, C., and Rodrigues, L. (2015). Effects of similarity and interdependence of physical activity levels among adolescent best friend dyads: Effect of psychosocial variables. Journal of Sports Sciences,

7. Gabbard, C. (2015). Embodied cognition in children: Developing mental representations for action. In, S. Robson and S. Quinn (Eds.). The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children[48]19s Thinking and Understanding (pp. 229-237). London: Taylor & Francis

8. Cacola, P., Gabbard, C., Montebelo, M., and Santos, D. (2015). Further development and validation of the affordances in the home environment for motor development infant scale (AHEMD-IS). Physical Therapy, 95(5):1-23

9. Gabbard, C. Mental representation for action in the elderly: Implications for movement efficiency and injury risk. (2015). Journal of Applied Gerontology 34: NP202-NP212.

10. Gabbard, C. (2015). Perception of action space: Using multiple frames of reference. In, James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition (Vol. 17, pp. 703[48]13707). Oxford: Elsevier.

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts
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Courses Taught
Former Doctoral Students
Deborah Ellen Kanipe (Summer, 1998), Ed.D.
Katherine Louise Ferguson-Cammarata (Summer, 1999), Ed.D.
Casi Helbig (Spring, 2000), Ph.D.
Steven Ballard Waples (Fall, 2003), Ph.D.
Dawn Rosser (Spring, 2004), Ph.D.
Luis Paula Lopes Brandao Aresoa Rodrigues (Spring, 2005), Ph.D.
Diala Ammar (Spring, 2006), Ph.D.
Won Dae Kim (Fall, 2008), Ph.D.
Alberto Cordova (Fall, 2008), Ph.D.
Priscila Cacola (Summer, 2011), Ph.D.
Editorial Positions

Editorial Board Member (2013 - ). Brazilian journal of motor behaviour

Editorial Board Member (2013 - ). Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology

Editorial Board Member (2013 - ). Journal of Motor Learning and Development

Assoc Editor (2009 - ). Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Professional Leadership/Service (International/National)

(2009). Chair or Moderator.  Motor Development Session

(1998-2000). Past President.  National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)

(1995). Chair, Executive Committee.  Council on Physical Education for children, AAHPERD

(1984). President.  Phi Epsilon Kappa, Gamma Beta Chapter


(2014). Teacher of the Year.  HLKN

(2013). Armstrong Scholar Award. 

(2011). Priscila Cacola.  Armstrong Outstanding Student Research Award, May 2011

(2006). NASPSPA MD Senior Lecturer. 

(2004). Outstanding Educator.  Dean's Roundtable

(2003). SDAAHPERD Scholar. 

(2003). NASPE Project Inspiration Award. 

(1998). Fellow.  The American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education

(1997). Distinguished Service Award.  Margie R. Hanson, AAHPERD

(1990). Honor Award.  TAHPERD

(1987). Honored Alumni.  North Texas State University

(1983-present). Research Consortium Fellow. 

(1978). Education Award.  National Elementary Movement Education Award

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