Jane E. Clark
Professor Emerita, , Kinesiology
Professor Emerita, Neuroscience & Cognitive Science Program (NACS)
Other Affiliations: UMB Epidemiology and Public Health
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 2312
Phone: 3014052450 | |

Dr. Jane E. Clark retired July 2018 and is now a Professor Emerita.  Rising through the ranks from assistant professor to professor, she served for 10 years as chair of the Department of Kinesiology (2000-10) and then served as dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Health from July 2012 until December 2016. Dr. Clark’s passion is to help children achieve the competence and confidence to be physically active throughout their lives. With physical inactivity a leading cause of premature death, engagement in physical activity is viewed as an important goal across the life course. In particular, Dr. Clark’s research focuses on development of motor skills in infants and young children, with a special focus on those with movement difficulties. Clark has edited seven books, written over a hundred papers, and presented hundreds of professional papers at conferences and universities here and abroad. The National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation have funded her research. Currently, she is on the editorial board of Research in Developmental Disabilities and Frontiers In Movement Science and Sport Psychology and is the founding editor of Kinesiology Review. She has received national recognition for her research and service having served as elected leader of three national organizations.

Education and Training

University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Kinesiology (Motor Development)

M. Ed.
University of Washington, Seattle.
Physical Education.

B. S. P. E.
State University of New York, Brockport.
Health & Physical Education. Cum Laude

Honors and Awards

2013 Honorary Degree, Doctor of Science, State University of New York
2013 NASPSPA Distinguished Scholar
2010 University of Wisconsin School of Education, Alumni Achievement Award
2008 Hall of Heritage Award, Brockport Alumni Association, SUNY Brockport
2007 Alliance Scholar, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance
2007 University of Maryland Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year
2004-05 Phillip Merrill Presidential Scholar Mentor to Annie Wong, recipient
1999 NASPSPA President's Award
1999 NASPSPA Senior Scholar Lecturer
1999 Illinois State University Physical Education Scholar Lecturer
1999 Jerry P. Wrenn Outstanding Service Award, College of HHP
1995 McCloy Lecturer, AAHPERD Research Consortium
1995 EDA Scholar, Eastern District Association of AAHPERD
1994 Slaughter Lecturer, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
1994 D'Agostino Lecturer, Distinguished Alumni, SUNY- Brockport
1993 Distinguished Service Award, Research Consortium, AAHPERD
1993 Elected Fellow, American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (#348)
1988 Outstanding Teacher - College Division, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Eastern Division
1985 Fellow, Research Consortium, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance


Du, Y. & Clark, J.E. (2018). The “motor” in implicit motor sequence learning: A foot-stepping serial reaction time task.  Journal of Visualized Experiments (135), e56483, doi: 10.3791/56483.

Clark, J.E. (2017). Pentimento: A 21st century view on the canvas of motor development.  Kinesiology Review, 6, 232-239.  DOI:10.1123/kr.2017-0020

Wilson, P.H., Smits-Engelsman, B., Caeyenberghs, K., Steenbergen, B., Sugden, D., Clark, J.E., Mumford, N., & Blank, R.  (2017). Cognitive and neuroimaging findings in Developmental Coordination Disorder:  New insights from a systematic review of recent research.  Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 59(11). 1117-1129. DOI:10.1111/dmcn.13530

Du, Y., Valentini, N., Kim, M.J., Whitall, J., & Clark, J.E. (2017).  Children and adults both learn motor sequences quickly, but do so differently. Frontiers in Psychology. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00158

Du, Y., Clark, J.E., & Whitall, J. (2017) Timing at peak force may be the hidden target controlled in sensorimotor synchronization.  Experimental Brain Research, 235(5), 1541-1554.

Valentini, N., Oliveira, M.A.,w Pangelinan, M., Whitall, J., & Clark, J.E. (2017) Can the MABC discriminate and predict motor impairment? A cross-cultural analysis of Brazilian and American children.  International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 24(3), 2-10. DOI: 10.1111/cch.12219 

Du, Y., & Clark, J.E.  (2017) New insights into statistical learning and chunk learning in implicit sequence acquisition. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 24(4), 1225-1233.

Roche, R., Viswanathan, P., Clark, J.E., & Whitall, J. (2016).  Children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) can adapt to perceptible and subliminal rhythm changes but are more variable.  Human Movement Science. 50, 19-29,

Whitall, J., & Clark, J.E. (2016).  Developmental Coordination Disorder from a dynamic systems perspective:  What’s on offer?  Current Developmental Disorders Reports, 3(2), 24-26.

Du, Y., Prashad, S., Schoenbrun, I., & Clark, J.E. (2016) Probabilistic motor sequence yields greater offline and less online learning than fixed sequence.   Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10:87. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00087.

Chen, L-C., Jeka, J.J., & Clark, J.E. (2016) Development of adaptive sensorimotor control in infant sitting posture.  Gait & Posture, 45, 157-163

Kagerer, F.A., & Clark, J.E. (2015).  Development of kinesthetic-motor and auditory-motor representations in school-aged children.  Experimental Brain Research, 233(7), 2181-2194. 

Koblinsky, S.A., Hrapczynski, K.M., & Clark, J.E. (2015).  Preparing future faculty and professionals for public health careers, American Journal of Public Health, 2015, 105(S1), S125-S131 doi:  10.2105/AJPH.2014.302509

Valentini, N., Clark, J.E., & Whitall, J.  (2015). Developmental Coordination Disorder in socially disadvantaged Brazilian children.  Child: Care, Health & Development, 41(6), 970-979 DOI: 10.1111/cch.12219  PMID:  25424697.

Kagerer, F. A., & Clark, J. E. (2014). Development of interactions between sensorimotor representations in school-aged children. Human Movement Science, 34, 164–177. doi:10.1016/j.humov.2014.02.001

Pangelinan, M. M., Hatfield, B. D., & Clark, J. E. (2013). Differences in movement-related cortical activation patterns underlying motor performance in children with and without developmental coordination disorder. Journal of Neurophysiology, 109(12), 3041–3050. doi:10.1152/jn.00532.2012

Bair, W.-N., Kiemel, T., Jeka, J. J., & Clark, J. E. (2012). Development of Multisensory Reweighting Is Impaired for Quiet Stance Control in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). PLoS ONE, 7(7), e40932. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0040932.t001

King, B.R., Clark, J.E., Oliveira, M.A. (2012). Developmental delay of finger torque control in children with developmental coordination disorderDevelopmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 54, 932-937.

King, B. R., Oliveira, M. A., Contreras-Vidal, J. L., & Clark, J. E. (2012). Development of state estimation explains improvements in sensorimotor performance across childhood. Journal ofNeurophysiology, 107(11), 3040–3049. doi:10.1152/jn.00932.2011

Pangelinan, M.M., Kagerer, F.A., Momen, B., Hatfield, B.D., & Clark, J.E. (2011). Electrocortical dynamics reflect age-related differences in movement kinematics in children and adults. Cerebral Cortex, 21, 737-747. PMCID: PMC3059890

King, B.R. Harring, J., Oliveira, M.A., & Clark, J.E. (2011).  Statistically characterizing intra- and inter-individual variability in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32, 1388-1398.

Pangelinan, M.M., Zhang, G., VanMeter, J.W., Clark, J.E., Hatfield, B.D., & Haufler, A.J. (2011). Beyond age and gender: Relationships between cortical and subcortical brain volume and cognitive-motor ability in school-age children. NeuroImage, 54, 3093-3100. PMCID: PMC3020257

Roche, R., Wilms-Floet, A.M., Clark, J.E., & Whitall, J. (2011). Auditory and visual information do not affect self-paced bilateral finger tapping in children with DCD. Human Movement Science, 30, 658-671.

Bair, W.N., Barela, J.A., Whitall, J., Jeka, J.J., & Clark, J.E. (2011). Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder benefit from using vision in combination with touch information for quiet standing. Gait & Posture, 34, 183-190. PMCID: PMC3130081

King, B.R., Kagerer, F.A., Harring, J.R., Contreras-Vidal, J.L., & Clark, J.E. (2011).  Multisensory adaptation of spatial-to-motor transformations in children with developmental coordination disorder. Experimental Brain Research, 212, 257-265. PMID:21584627