Elizabeth Ackley Profile

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Dr. Elizabeth I. Ackley

Assistant Professor

Department: Health and Human Performance
Office: 210A C Homer Bast Center
540-375-5292

holbrook@roanoke.edu

Courses

Degrees

  • B.S. Kinesiology - SUNY Cortland College, Cortland, NY
  • M.S. Exercise Science - Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Ph.D. Human Performance - Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Special populations
  • Chronic disease
  • Physical activity epidemiology
  • Exercise testing and prescription
  • Human performance and exercise physiology
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Research methods and measurement issues

Scholarly Activities

Professional Affiliation

  • American College of Sports Medicine / Southeast ACSM, Women's Breakfast committee, Abstract review committee
  • International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

Recent Presentations

  • Ackley-Holbrook, E., Young, P.E., & Hartman, C. A stepwise approach to empowering coalition efforts: Findings from teh Roanoke Valley. State of Virginia Annual Weight of the State Convention, Richmond, VA [2015, April]
  • Ackley-Holbrook, E., Hall, L., Roth, L., & Childers, A. Evaluating the impact of neighborhood-level access to healthy living on youth health status. A preliminary model. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Convention, Orlando, FL [2014, May]
  • Holbrook, E.A., Magno, C., & Lyon, J.S. Empowering student participation in experiential learning using mapping technologies and the community-based participatory research model. NCUR, Lexington, KY [2014, April]
  • Kassens, A., Holbrook, E.A., Enz, M., & Lyon, J. Productive methods for mentoring undergraduate research projects outside of the natural sciences. NCUR, Lexington, KY [2014, April]
  • Mueller, C. I., & Holbrook, E. A. Impact of a school running program on health-related physical fitness and self-efficacy in sensory impaired youth. Annual Meeting of the Southeast Regional American College of Sports Medicine, Greenville, SC [2014, February]. **Undergraduate Research Award Finalist
  • Jaworski, H. C., & Holbrook, E. A. Building community-academic partnerships. Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth Weight of the State Convention. Richmond, VA [2013, April].

  • Holbrook, E. A., Judge, L., Caputo, J., Farley, R., & Perry, T. Health-related fitness status of visually impaired youth: A 10-year update. Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Indianapolis, IN [2013, May]. [Published Abstract: Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 45(5S), 268].

  • Zdziarski, L. A. & Holbrook, E. A. The relationship between perceived fitness status and physical activity. Annual Meeting of the Southeast Regional American College of Sports Medicine, Greenville, SC [2013, February]. **Undergraduate Research Award Finalist

  • Holbrook, E. A., Reece, J., Kang, M., & Morgan, D. Efficacy of the Walk for Health program: A physical activity intervention for adults with blindness. Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, San Francisco, CA [2012, May]. [Published Abstract: Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 44(5S), 525].

  • Rowe, D. A., Kang, M., Sutherland, R., Holbrook, E. A., Barreira, T. V., & Watson,
    M. Evaluation of inactive adults’ ability to walk at a moderate-intensity pace. Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, San Francisco, CA [2012, May]. [Published Abstract: Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 44(5S),92].

  • Stevens, S., Holbrook, E. A., Ishikawa, S., Caputo, J., Fuller, D., & Morgan, D. Impact of underwater treadmill training on walking performance in adults with incomplete spinal cord injury. American Spinal Cord Injury Association International Conference on Spinal Cord Medicine and Rehabilitation, Washington, D.C. (2011, June).

  • Holbrook, E. A., Hart, P. D., Kang, M., & Morgan, D. W. Physical activity and metabolic health in adults with visual impairment. Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Denver, CO (2011, May). [Published Abstract: Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 45(5), 350].

  • Holbrook, E. A., Ishikawa, S., Kang, M, & Morgan, D. Relationship between body image and body fatness in blind adults. Annual Meeting of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, San Diego, CA (2011, March).

  • Murphy, H. & Holbrook, E. A. Strength gains and neuromuscular activity following a traditional versus non-traditional resistance training program. Annual Meeting of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, San Diego, CA (2011, March).

Extracurricular

  • Urban farming
  • Running, cycling, triathlons

Recent Publications

  • Mueller, C., Ackley-Holbrook, E. (2015). Impact of a school cross-country program on health-related physical fitness and self-eficacy in youth with sensory impairments. PALAESTRA, 29(4).
  • Lee, M., Zhu, W., Ackley-Holbrook, E., Brower, D., & McMurray, B. (2014). Development and validation of the Physical Activity Barrier Scale for Persons who are Blind or Visually Impaired. Disability and Health Journal, 7(3), 309-317.
  • Rowe, D. A., Kang, M., Sutherland, R., Holbrook, E. A., & Barriera, T. V. (2013). Evaluation of inactive adults’ ability to maintain a moderate-intensity walking pace. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports, 16(3), 217-221.
     
  • Gerrie, B., & Holbrook, E. A. (2013). An introduction to the role of Physician Assistants across Canada, the United States, and United Kingdom.  International Journal of Exercise Science, 6(1), 1-8.  
     
  • Holbrook, E. A., Kang, M., & Morgan, D. (2013). Acquiring a stable estimate of physical activity in adults with visual impairment. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 30, 59-69.
  • Holbrook, E. A., Stevens, S., Kang, M., & Morgan, D. (2011). Validation of a talking pedometer for adults with visual impairment. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 43(6), 1094-1099.
  • Stevens, S., Holbrook, E. A., Fuller, D., & Morgan, D. (2010). Influence of Age on Step Activity Patterns in Children with Cerebral Palsy and Typically Developing Children. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 91, 1891-1896.
  • Holbrook, E. A., Barreira, T., Kang, M. (2009). Validation of Omron pedometers for prescribed and self-paced walking. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 41(3), 669-673.
  • Holbrook, E. A., Caputo J., Fuller, D., Perry, T., & Morgan, D. (2009). Physical activity, body composition, and perceived quality of life in adults with visual impairment. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 103(1), 17-29.
     

Recent Awards and Honors

  • Faculty Summer Research Award, Roanoke College (2012, 2014, 2015)
  • Invited Member, Elon University Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research Seminar (2014)
  • Faculty Scholar Award, Roanoke College (2013)
  • Keynote Speaker, Roanoke College Showcase on Research and Creativity (2013)
  • Faculty Summer Research Award, Roanoke College

Grants

Internal

  • 2015    Faculty Summer Research Award, Roanoke College [$4,300]
               Pathways Undergraduate Research Grant, Roanoke College [$1,800]
               Pathways Service Learning Grant, Roanoke College [$900]
  • 2014    Faculty Summer Research Award, Roanoke College [$4,000 – Funded]
  • 2013    Experiential Service Learning Grant, Roanoke College [$900 – Funded]
               Summer Scholar Research Program, Roanoke College [Awarded]
  • 2011   Undergraduate Research Assistant Program, Roanoke College [Awarded]
               Library Materials Grant, Roanoke College [$1,790 – Funded]
               Faculty Starter Grant, Roanoke College [$1,500 – Funded]
               Course Materials Grant, Roanoke College [$1,500 – Funded]
  • 2010   Faculty Enrichment Grant, Roanoke College [$600 – Funded]
               Faculty Starter Grant, Roanoke College [$2,000 – Funded]
               Faculty Pedagogical Development Grant, Roanoke College [$500 – Funded]

External

  • 2013    “PATH Community Coalition” – Healthy Communities Action Team (HCAT) Grant; Virginia Foundation for Healthy
                 Youth, Co-Investigator [Funded]
  • 2013     “Needs Assessment for Visually Impaired Residents across the Roanoke Valley” - Voice of the Blue Ridge [non-profit
                 supporting services for persons with visual impairment], Invited Author [$4,836 – Funded]
  • 2012    “PATH Community Coalition” – Healthy Communities Action Team (HCAT) Grant; Virginia Foundation for Healthy
                 Youth, Co-Investigator [$74,877 – Funded]
  • 2010    “Development of the Walk for Health Program: An Adaptive Community Health Intervention for Adults with Visual
                 Impairment”, American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation, Author [$1,500 – non-funded]
  • 2010    “ABC-123 Healthy Kids in Tennessee”, Center for Physical Activity and Health in Youth, Co-Investigator [$10,000 –
                 Funded]
  • 2009    “Physical Activity and Physical Fitness in Youth with Visual Impairment”, North American Society for Pediatric
                 Exercise Medicine, Author [$750 -Funded]
  • 2009    "From Coach Potatoes to Virtual Athletes: Utilizing the Wii Fit to Combat Obesity in Youth”, Center for Physical
                 Activity and Health in Youth, Co-Author [$10,212 - Funded]
  • 2009    “Establishing a Criterion-Referenced Cutoff Score of Daily Step Counts”, AAHPERD Research Consortium Grant, Co-
                 Investigator
    [$ 7,352 - Funded]
  • 2007   “Perceived Barriers to Physical Activity in Blind and Visually Impaired Adults”, AAHPERD Seed Grant, Co-
                investigator [$5,000 - Funded]
  • 2005    “Underwater Treadmill Training in Spastic Cerebral Palsy”, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
                (NICHD), Co-Investigator [$390,852 - Funded]

 

 

 

 

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