Carla Vidoni, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Louisville College of Education and Human Development, has been named a 2015 Research Fellow by Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America.
Vidoni will be recognized March 19th during the SHAPE America National Convention and Expo in Seattle, Wash.
The honor went to just six people and recognizes those who have made “significant and sustained contributions to research, creative or scholarly activity, as well as related service,” said Louis Harrison Jr., chair of SHAPE America’s Research Council.
“I’m thrilled to receive this honor,” Vidoni said. “I’m passionate about my work because I’ve seen firsthand that youngsters who adopt healthy lifestyles are much more likely to live a purposeful, productive life.”
Vidoni has taught at UofL for five years and her research is focused on helping K-12 physical education teachers find strategies to boost positive social behaviors and physical activity among their students. This holistic approach is known as “physical literacy” among physical education teachers.
Vidoni also supervises physical education training for teacher candidates at the CEHD. After earning a master’s degree in physical education teacher education from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Vidoni earned her Ph.D. in the same field at The Ohio State University .
Since SHAPE America first began honoring select members as Research Fellows in 1950, a total of 337 individuals have received the distinction.