Biographical Sketch

Dr. Jason Bishop received his B.S. in kinesiology from the University of North Texas (2006). He completed his M.A. (2009) and Ph.D. (2013) in adapted physical education from the University of Virginia. He is a Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE, 2009). Before graduate studies, he taught physical education and coached soccer and basketball at Little Keswick School, a school for children with emotional regulation impairments. Bishop was the physical education and coaching division coordinator at Northern Michigan University prior to joining WVU. He has a joint appointment in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences and Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. He was a recipient of the SHAPEAmerica’s Early Career Investigator Grant. This project involves investigating children’s perceived physical competence toward completing fundamental motor skills. Bishop has also received a Michigan Alliance of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance grant to investigate the feasibility of remotely supervising student physical education teachers completing their student teaching. Future research objectives include applying the ecological model to decrease obesity and health disparities of individuals with disabilities in the Appalachian Region via physical activity interventions. Bishop has served as a board member of the National Consortium of Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities and the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity. He is an active member in several professional organizations including the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity and North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity. Bishop is a peer reviewer for eight professional journals. His favorite activities include weightlifting, golfing, and spending time with his family.

Educational Background

  • Currently conducting grant research funded by SHAPE America
  • Former Physical Education and Coaching Division Coordinator, Northern Michigan University

Professional Highlights

  • State Representatie, U.S. Department of Education – Office of Special Education Programs. State of Michigan Adapted Physical Educational Specialists “Contact the Expert”

Research Interests

 Decreasing health disparities of individuals with disabilities in the Appalachian Region