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Jane Clark

Jane E. Clark

Professor Emerita, Kinesiology

Dr. Jane E. Clark retired in 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 an important goal across the life course. Dr. Clark’s research focuses on the development of motor skills in infants and young children, with a special focus on those with movement difficulties.


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Dr. 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 an elected leader of three national organizations.

Before her retirement, her Motor Development Research Group focused on the development of movement control and coordination in motor skills in children and infants. She 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. 

PhD, Kinesiology (Motor Development), 1976

University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.Ed., Physical Education, 1970

University of Washington, Seattle.

BSPE, Health & Physical Education, 1968

State University of New York, Brockport

Honorary Degree, Doctor of Science, State University of New York, 2013

NASPSPA Distinguished Scholar, 2013

University of Wisconsin School of Education, Alumni Achievement Award, 2010

Hall of Heritage Award, Brockport Alumni Association, SUNY Brockport, 2008

Alliance Scholar, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2007

University of Maryland Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year, 2007

Phillip Merrill Presidential Scholar Mentor to Annie Wong, 2004-05

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, 1999

McCloy Lecturer, AAHPERD Research Consortium, 1995

EDA Scholar, Eastern District Association of AAHPERD, 1995

Slaughter Lecturer, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1994

D'Agostino Lecturer, Distinguished Alumni, SUNY- Brockport, 1994

Distinguished Service Award, Research Consortium, AAHPERD, 1993

Elected Fellow, American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, 1993

Outstanding Teacher - College Division, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Eastern Division, 1988

Fellow, Research Consortium, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 1985

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.