Dr. Sara Scharoun Benson

Sara Scharoun Benson

Associate Professor

Email:   sara.scharoun@uwindsor.ca
Phone:  (519) 253-3000 ext. 4994
Office:  HK Building, Room 123

Currently accepting graduate students


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) 

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 

Research and Publications

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External Grants/Funding

Scharoun Benson, S. (2022-2027). NSERC Discovery Grant & Discovery Launch Supplement. What is it to pick up an upside-down cup? The dynamic interaction between actor, environment, and task in the emergence of second-order planning for object manipulation. 

Horton, S., Weiss, J., Scharoun Benson, S., Deneau, J., & Sutherland, C. (2021-2022). SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant. Adapted Exercise Programming for Individuals with IDD: Informing safe and quality volunteer experiences amidst COVID-19. 

Scharoun Benson, S., & Salters, D. (2021). WE-SPARK Health Institute Igniting Discovery Grant. Attitudes towards and perspectives of inclusive physical education (PE): A mixed-methods investigation or pre-service generalists, PE specialists, and kinesiology undergraduates. 
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.