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Deborah Shapiro

Associate Professor    

Bachelor of Arts, Honors, in Physical Education and Psychology, York University, 1993
Master of Science, Adapted Physical Education and Motor Development, Michigan State University, 1995
Doctor of Philosophy, Indiana University, 1999


Adapted Physical Education
Disability Sport
Sport psychology


Deborah Shapiro has worked with individuals with physical disabilities, Autism spectrum disorder, visual impairments and individuals with intellectual disabilities in recreation programs, summer camps and has taught adapted physical education to students with disabilities ages preschool through adulthood in public and center schools.

As a researcher in the area of psychosocial factors influencing sport participation among individuals with disabilities, she has published numerous articles in journals such as the Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, International Journal of Sport Psychology, Teaching Exceptional Children and the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. She has also presented at international, national and regional and state conferences on adapted physical education and physical activity.

Shapiro has received several awards for her scholarship and leadership in the field of adapted physical activity including: the Georgia Association for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (GAHPERD) Young Scholar Award, the American Association for Health Physical Education and Recreation (AAHPERD) Mabel Lee award and Georgia State University’s College of Education & Human Development Outstanding Faculty Service Award.

She serves on the board of directors for the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs, is a founding board member of the Georgia Blind Sports Association and member of several national and international groups focused on the advancement of sport, physical activity and physical education for persons with disabilities.


Martin, J. J., Shapiro, D. R., & Prokesova, E. (2013). Predictors of physical
activity among European and American hearing impaired children. European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity.

Shapiro, D. R. & Martin, J. J. (2013). The relationships among sport self-
perceptions and social well-being in athletes with physical disabilities. Disability and Health Journal.

Shapiro, D. R., Pitts, B. Hums, M., & Calloway, J. (2012). Infusing disability sport into the
sport management curriculum. The Sport Management International Journal, 8, 101-

Shapiro, D. R., & Martin, J. J. (2010). Multidimensional physical self concept of youth
athletes with physical disabilities. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 27, 294-307.

Shapiro, D. R., & Martin, J. J. (2010). Athletic identity, affect and peer relations in youth
athletes with physical disabilities in adapted sport. Disability and Health Journal, 3, 79-85.