Associate Professor

Email: Andrea.Taliaferro@mail.wvu.edu 
Phone: 304 293-0852
Office Location: PAS 250
Office Hours: Monday: 11-11:45 am, 2:30-3:30 pm; Thursday: 10:00 am - Noon; Friday 10:50-11:05 am (@ Shell Bldg.)
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Professional Highlights

  • Research interests include minimizing health disparities for individuals with disabilities through the improvement of inclusive physical activity opportunities in school- and community-based settings. 
  • West Virginia University 2019 Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching 
  • APENS Certified Adapted Physical Educator, National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities 
  • Vice President - National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (2019-2021) 

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Education/Kinesiology-Adapted Physical Education, The University of Virginia
  • M.Ed., Education/Kinesiology-Adapted Physical Education, The University of Virginia
  • B.S., Kinesiology/Physical Education, James Madison University

Research Interests

  • Minimizing health disparities for individuals with disabilities 
  • Barriers and facilitators to Inclusive physical activity in school- and community-based physical activity settings 
  • Physical Education teacher/instructor preparation and self-efficacy toward teaching students with disabilities 

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Andrea Taliaferro received her B.S. in kinesiology, physical education from James Madison University (2000) and holds a M.Ed. (2002) and Ph.D. (2010) from the University of Virginia in the area of education/kinesiology, adapted physical education. She has extensive academic preparation and experience in the areas of adapted physical education/activity, physical education, curriculum, motor development, research methods and statistics. 

Taliaferro holds a national certification from NCPERID as a Certified Adapted Physical Educator and has experience working with individuals with disabilities in a variety of physical activity/education contexts including school- and community-based programming. She has contributed to several local, county and statewide interdisciplinary initiatives including McDowell CHOICES and the National Inclusion Project Partnership. 

Taliaferro serves as the director of the Friday Adapted Physical Education Practicum Program at West Virginia University. She also currently serves as an Advisory Council member for the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and as the Vice President for the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (2019-2021).