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jeclark@umd.edu

The Motor Development Research Group is led by Dr. Jane E. Clark, professor in the Department of Kinesiology and dean of the School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the development of movement control and coordination in motor skills in children and infants. She has researched topics ranging from infant postural control and locomotion to sensorimotor integration in children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) encompasses a diverse spectrum of difficulties that affect a child's ability to learn and carry out coordinated motor skills.

The lab's current projects examine the relationship between perception and action, more specifically a child's ability to adapt their movements to changes in the environment and to different tasks.

The lab's aim is to understand the underlying mechanisms of DCD with the long-term goal of developing more effective interventions for these children.

The projects examine children from 5-13 years of age, who have difficulties with motor coordination, particularly those children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).