Dr. Sara Scharoun-Benson

Dr. Sara Scharoun-Benson

Assistant Professor


Phone:  (519) 253-3000 ext. 4994
Room:  HK Building, Room 123
 
BSc (Health and Human Performance, University of Louisville, 2010)
MSc (Kinesiology, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2012)
Graduate Certificate in University Teaching (University of Waterloo, 2014)
PhD (Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, 2016)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Nipissing University, 2016-2017)   
 

Broadly speaking, my program of research aims to understand how movements are planned and executed in everyday life settings (e.g., home, school, physical activity, etc.). For example, picking up a cup of coffee may seem like a simple task. However, fine tuned cognitive and sensorimotor processes are required to plan a successful action. I am also interested in how the motor system adapts to altered demands of familiar tasks. Going back to the coffee example, passing the cup to a friend, as opposed to picking it up to take a drink, places greater demands on the motor system. My research focuses on understanding similarities and differences in development across the lifespan in a variety of different populations (e.g., children, young adults, older adults, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder).
Research areas: Motor Behaviour