Pamela Beach, Ph.D. is a Professor of Motor Behavior in the Department of Kinesiology, Sports Studies and Physical Education and Associate Director of the Honors College at the State University of New York Brockport. She is also a Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Institute on Movement Studies for Individuals with Visual Impairments (IMSVI). Recently, Pamela and her colleagues were awarded the Corrine Kirchner National Research award from the American Foundation for the Blind for their work with IMSVI. Pamela regularly publishes and presents nationally and internationally on her research in motor behavior and balance in individuals across the lifespan with sensory impairments. Pamela also has a line of research focusing upon motor competence in children with CHARGE syndrome. In addition, she published Gross Motor Development Curriculum: For Children with Visual Impairment with the American Printing House for the Blind with Dr. Lauren Lieberman. Pamela has also produced numerous educational and training videos for parents and practitioners of youth with visual impairments and deafblindness. She has also published two editions of the undergraduate textbook Motor Learning and Development which have been widely adopted. Pamela has received accolades for her teaching and engagement including the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and has been appointed as a SUNY Online Teaching Ambassador. She was elected to serve on the American Kinesiology Association Board, and is an active Brockport Lions Club member, recently awarded the Lions Membership Award and the Lions International Centennial Award.
Keynote Title: Life is About Balance
This talk will address the importance of balance across the lifespan in individuals with visual impairments and blindness and discuss strategies to improve balance.