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Dr. Sean Horton

Dr. Sean Horton


Email: hortons@uwindsor.caDr. Sean Horton
Phone: (519) 253 - 3000 ext: 2442
Office: H.K. Building, Room 110

Ph.D., Queen’s University, 2007
M.A., Queen’s University, 2003
B.A., Queen’s University, 1992


Dr. Horton joined the faculty in January, 2008. His research interests lie primarily in the area of skill acquisition and expert performance, both in young people and as individuals age. His most recent work has focused on older adults and the extent to which high levels of performance can be maintained into the latter stages of life.

A second area of research interest relates to stereotypes of aging, and how these affect seniors’ decisions to engage in physical activity. Popular stereotypes of aging tend to be predominantly negative in our society, which may influence decisions that seniors make as they get older, particularly with respect to involvement in sports and other forms of physical activity. Considering current demographic trends and the fact that ‘baby boomers’ are now entering their senior years, fostering physical activity involvement in senior populations is becoming increasingly important.

Finally, Dr. Horton has collaborated with colleagues Nadia Azar and Chad Sutherland to develop programming consisting of adapted physical exercise (APEX) for special populations. APEX has been in place since 2010, and we recently received support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to fund programming through 2019.

Areas of Research Interest

  • Skill Acquisition and Maintenance through the Lifespan
  • Sport Involvement, Physical Activity and Healthy Aging
  • Adapted Physical Exercise

Selected Recent Publications

Horton, S. Dionigi, R.D, Gard, M., Baker, S. & Weir, P. (2018). “Don’t sit back with the geraniums, get out”: The complexity of older women’s stories of sport participation. Journal of Amateur Sport. 4(1), 24-51.

Chittle, L., Horton, S. & Dixon, J.C. (2018). Delayed or on-time? Examining the moderating effect of academic timing on the relative age effect among Canadian interuniversity sport athletes. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 12(2), 94-112.

McAllister, R., Carr, K., Sutherland, C., Azar, N., & Horton, S. (2018). Bystander perceptionsof an exercise program for adults with autism spectrum disorder and an intellectual disability within a university setting. Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 23(2), 50-54.

Gard, M., Dionigi, R.A., Horton, S., Baker, J., Weir, P., & Dionigi, C. (2017). The normalisation of sport for older people? Annals of Leisure Research, 20(3), 253-272.

Gayman, A. M., Fraser-Thomas, J., Dionigi, R. A., Horton, S., & Baker, J. (2017). Is sport good for older adults? A systematic review of psychosocial outcomes of older adults' sport participation. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 10, 164-185.

Azar, N. R., McKeen, P., Carr, K., Sutherland, C. A., & Horton, S. (2016). Impact of motor skills training in adults with autism spectrum disorder and an intellectual disability.  Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 22(1), 40-51.

Paquin, K., Crawley, J, Harris, J.E., & Horton, S. (2016). Survivors of chronic stroke – participant evaluations of commercial gaming for rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation. 38(21), 2144-2152.

Horton, S., MacDonald, D.J., Erickson, K., & Dionigi, R.A. (2015). A qualitative investigation of exercising with MS and the impact on the spousal relationship. European Review of Physical Activity and Aging. 12(3), DOI 10.1186/s11556-015-0148-5

Horton, S., Baker, J & Weir. P.L. (2015)Career length, aging and expertise. In J. Baker & D. Farrow (Eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Sport Expertise (p. 383-393). London: Routledge.

Baker, J. & Horton, S. (2015). Aging and involvement in sport and physical activity. In P. Crocker (Ed.) Sport and Exercise Psychology: A Canadian Perspective (3rd Edition). (p. 318-340). Toronto: Pearson.