ICREA Research Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (Spain). Part-time Professor, University Ca' Foscari, Venice (Italy).
Luca Bonatti graduated in Philosophy at the University of Milan, Italy, and received his PhD in Philosophy of Mind at Rutgers University, N.J., USA. AT the beginning of his career, he has worked at Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, ENS, Paris, and at the University of Paris 8, France as an associate professor. He then moved to Italy at SISSA, Trieste, then to the University of Nantes, France, as a full professor, and finally to Barcelona, at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, as an ICREA professor. He is now part-time professor at the University Ca’ Foscari, Venezia. He has been visiting professor at the University of Budapest, Hungary, at the University of the Balearic Islands, Spain, and at New.
His research interest focusses on “thinking”: thinking is at the roots of the unique cognitive place humans have in the animal kingdom and Luca investigates its early structure, finding ways to describe the potential primitives of the scaffoldings supporting the combinatorial structure of human thought and trying to reveal bits and pieces of the representations underlying our abilities to come to conclusions, to form expectations, or to find what happens next. He also works on how infants and adults find linguistic structure in speech, and how we can pack so much conceptual information inside words.
Full professor of physical education pedagogy and health behavior health education in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin.
Darla castelli is an active fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology, who examines the effects of physical activity and metabolic risk factors on cognitive health. Castelli strives to understand how physical activity can reverse the effects of health risk. She has been working with school-age youth in physical activity settings for more than 25 years, leading several physical activity interventions (e.g., Kinetic Kidz, FITKids1,FITKids2, Active + Healthy = Forever Fit, Fitness4Everyone). Castelli has received teaching awards in both the public school (i.e. Maine Physical Education Teacher of the Year) and higher education (i.e., University of Illinois Teaching Excellence Award, University of Texas at Austin, Kinesiology and Health Education Graduate Teaching Award). As a fellow in the SHAPE America RC and past Young Scholar award recipient from NAKPEHE and AEISEP, her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Dietetic Foundation, and U.S. Department of Education. She has presented her work at U.S. Congress and Senate Briefings in Washington, DC in support of the FIT Kids Act. Castelli has been a member of two Institute of Medicine committees on Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes in Youth and Physical Activity and Physical Education in the School Environment. She received a B.S. from Plymouth State University, a M.S. from Northern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.
Adjunct Prof. Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Eero A. Haapala, PhD., is an adjunct professor of paediatric exercise physiology and a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä in Finland. He also has an appointment with the Institute of Biomedicine, School of Medicine at the University of Eastern Finland. His research focuses on the associations of physical activity, motor competence, and physical fitness with metabolic syndrome, brain health, cognition, and academic achievement in children and adolescents.
Professor at the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston (Canada) where he served as the Director of the School from 2006-2019.
His research interests are in the areas of children in sport, coaching, positive youth development, and sport expertise. Dr. Côté is on, or has been on, the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, The Sport Psychologist, Revue International des Sciences du Sport et de l’Education Physique, International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, International Sport Coaching Journal, and Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. He was a co-editor of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology between 2008-2011. In 2009, Dr. Côté was the recipient of the 4th EW Barker Professorship from the Physical Education and Sport Science deparment at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. He received the Queen’s University Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision for 2013.
Dr. Côté is regularly invited to present his work to both sport governing organizations and academic conferences throughout the world. He has delivered 60 keynote addresses at major national and international conferences. Since 1999, he has received, as a Principal Investigator, six consecutive grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to fund his research work. His most recent grant involves the use of observation techniques to examine the influence of different types of coach-athlete relationships and the development of a Transformational Coaching workshop that focuses on positive youth development.
Dr. Côté has also assisted different international organizations as a research advisor or through the completion of position papers such as the International Olympic Committee, National Federation of State High School Associations, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, Sport Coach UK, National Basketball Association, UNESCO, International Council of Coaching Excellence, the English Premier League, UK Sport, Fédération de Golf Française, and Irish Sport Council.
Professor of Kinesiology Department of Kinesiology College of Education University of Georgia Athens, Georgia, USA
Dr. Newell was born and raised in Brighton, England. He completed undergraduate studies at the former Loughborough College of Education and graduate degrees in Physical Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He was Professor and Head of Kinesiology at UIUC and later Professor and the Marie Underhill Noll Chair in the Department of Kinesiology at The Pennsylvania State University, USA. He is now professor of Kinesiology at the University of Georgia.
Dr. Newell’s research interests lie in the area of human movement in general and more specifically in motor learning and control. His research focuses on the coordination, control and skill of normal and abnormal human movement across the lifespan; intellectual disabilities and development and motor skills; and, drug and exercise influences on movement control. One of his major themes of research is motor learning across the life span with an emphasis on the information for and dynamics of change in coordination, control and skill of learning and development. The other major theme of his research is the study of variability in human movement and posture with specific reference to the onset of aging and Parkinson’s disease. He has over multiple publications in a range of journal articles, book chapters and books. He has had essentially a career of external funding from primarily NIH and NSF.
Professor in the School of Kinesiology, and Adjunct Professor in the Institute of Child Development, at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN; USA
Maureen R. Weiss is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology, and Adjunct Professor in the Institute of Child Development, at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN; USA. Her research is focused on the psychological, social, and physical development of children and adolescents through participation in sport and physical activity, with interests in self-perceptions, motivation, moral development, and social relationships.
Professor Weiss received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Kinesiology and Psychology, and a Master of Arts degree in Kinesiology, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her Ph.D. in Kinesiology was obtained at Michigan State University, where she served as a research assistant and clinician with the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports.
Weiss has published over 150 refereed journal articles and book chapters. She has also edited or co-edited 4 books on youth sport and physical activity. For her contributions to the area of youth development through physical activity, Weiss was the recipient of the 2014 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Science Board’s Honor Award.
She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology and served as President in 2010-2011. She has also served as President of four other international and national professional organizations—North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (2005-2006), Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (2002-2003), Association for Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (1996-1997), and Sport Psychology Academy of AAHPERD (1988-1991). She also served as Chair and Member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Science Board (2005-2008).
Weiss served as Editor of Kinesiology Review (2014-2018), of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (1993-1996), Associate Editor of Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology (1998-2005), and Psychology Section Editor of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (1990-1993). She serves on several Editorial Boards and reviews for many Kinesiology and Psychology journals.