University of Texas at Austin
I am a fourth-year doctoral student in the Developmental Motor and Cognition Lab. My long-term goal is to achieve a comprehensive model to explain the relationships between motor skill competence, health-related fitness, activities participation, and physical health in children with or without a disability. I have a broad background in motor development, with specific training not only in evaluating motor skill competence in children with and without a disability but also in developing or examining a motor assessment tool. As participating in several research projects, I was well-trained in conducting various measurements of motor skill competence (i.e., Movement Assessment Battery of Children, Test of Gross Motor Development, and Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency), visual perception (i.e., Posner cueing task for visual attention) and exercise physiology (i.e., pulmonary function test and PACER test), and in establishing strong ties with schools or sport teams that will make it possible to recruit and track participants smoothly. I also have acquired leadership and administrative skills to manage a research team during that time. After publishing my two first-author articles regarding motor coordination in Taiwanese aboriginal children (Wu et al., 2012; Wu, Song, Chang, & Wu, 2013) and being inspired by the experience in working as a research associate and physical therapist in sport performance, my research journey continues in the University of Texas at Austin as a PhD student in Exercise Science. I have taken courses in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, research methods, statistics, and motor learning, control or development. Moreover, I had two poster presentations at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Conference that laid the groundwork for my dissertation (Wu, Powell, & Jensen, 2017 & 2018).