Dr. Sara Scharoun-Benson

Dr. Sara Scharoun-Benson

Assistant Professor

Email:    sara.scharoun@uwindsor.ca
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)   

Currently accepting graduate students


Dr. Scharoun-Benson joined the faculty in July 2017. She earned her PhD in Kinesiology (2016) and Graduate Certificate in University Teaching (2014) from the University of Waterloo, MSc in Kinesiology (2012) from Wilfrid Laurier University, and BSc in Health and Human Performance (2010) from the University of Louisville. Prior to joining the University of Windsor, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Nipissing University.

Dr. Scharoun-Benson’s research interests lie in motor behaviour. Her program of research focuses on two specific objectives, which aim to understand: (1) cognitive and sensorimotor factors influencing upper-limb movement control, and (2) contributions of movement to functioning and ability in everyday life settings, such as physical activity. Her research focuses on understanding similarities and differences in development across the human lifespan in a variety of different groups (e.g., children, young adults, older adults, children with neurodevelopmental disorders).

Pillars of Kinesiology: Motor Behaviour, Motor Learning & Control, Neuroscience, Aging, Lifespan Development 

Selected Publications:

Law, B., Bruner, B., Scharoun Benson, S. M., Anderson, K., Gregg, M., Hall, N., … & Tremblay, M. S. (2018). Associations between teacher training and measures of physical literacy among Canadian 8 to 12 year old school students. BMC Public Health. 18(Suppl 2): 1039. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5894-7

Scharoun Benson, S. M., Roy, E. A., & Bryden, P. J. (2018). End-state comfort in two object manipulation tasks: Investigating how the movement context influences planning in children, young adults, and older adults. Developmental Psychobiology, 60(3), 317-323. https://doi.org/10.1002/dev.21611

Scharoun, S., Mintz, A., Glazebrook, C., Roy, E., & Gonzalez, D. (2017). How working with a helpful versus less helpful confederate influences joint-action in a pegboard task. Journal of Motor Behavior, 6, 619-628. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00222895.2016.1250715

Scharoun, S. M., & Bryden, P. J. (2016). Anticipatory planning in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An assessment of independent and joint action tasks. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 10(29). http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnint.2016.00029

Scharoun, S. M., Bryden, P. J., Cinelli, M. E., Gonzalez, D. A., & Roy, E. A. (2016). Do children have the same capacity to perceive affordances as adults? An investigation of tool selection and use. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 4(1), 59-79. http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/jmld.2015-0001

Scharoun, S. M., Gonzalez, D. A., Roy, E. A. & Bryden, P. J. (2016). How the mode of action affects behavioural evidence of planning and movement kinematics in aging: End-state comfort in older adults. Developmental Psychobiology, 58(4), 439-449. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/dev.21386

Scharoun, S. M., Markoulakis, R. A., Fletcher, P. C., & Bryden, P. J. (2015). The influence of motor abilities in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder on caregiver experiences: A pilot study. Advances in Pediatric Research, 2(19), 1-9. https://www.longdom.org/archive/ldapr-volume-2-issue-3-year-2015.htm

Scharoun, S., Bryden, P., Otipkova, Z., Musalek, M., & Lejcarova, A (2013). Motor skills in Czech children with ADHD and their neurotypical counterparts. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(11), 4142-4153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2013.08.011.

External Grants/Funding:

Scharoun Benson, S.M. (2018-2020). SSHRC Insight Development Grant. Increasing our knowledge of social and motor skills in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to help better understand participation in social activities.

Law, B., Bruner, B., Chaput, J-P., McGoey, T., Raymer, G. Rickwood, G. Robertson-Wilson, J., Saunders, T. & Scharoun Benson, S. (2018-2021). CIHR Project Grant. Opportunities for moving more and sitting less: Exploring a whole school approach to improve children’s 24-hour movement patterns.