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. Sara Scharoun Benson joined the faculty in July 2017. She earned her PhD in Kinesiology and Graduate Certificate in University Teaching from the University of Waterloo, MSc in Kinesiology from Wilfrid Laurier University, and BSc in Health and Human Performance 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 in everyday life settings, such as physical activity. Her research focuses on understanding similarities and differences across the human lifespan in typical development and individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. 

Pillars of Kinesiology: Motor Behaviour, Motor Learning & Control, Lifespan Development, Physical Activity   

External Grants/Funding

Scharoun Benson, S.M. (2018-2022). 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.

Recent Publications:

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Musalek, M., Scharoun Benson, S.M., Lejcarova, A. & Bryden, P. J. (2020). Cross-lateralisation in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and motor skill performance. International Journal of Psychology. 

Scharoun Benson, S. M., Bryden, P. J., & Roy, E. A. (2019). Age group differences in beginning state comfort reveal an increase in motor planning capabilities. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 43(6), 563-568. 

Scharoun Benson, S. M., & Bryden, P. J. (2019). Role-differentiated bimanual manipulation in a beading task: An assessment of children. Infant and Child Development. e2136. 

Williams, N., Scharoun Benson, S. M., & Bryden, P. J. (2019). Investigating the efficacy of the Hand Selection Complexity Task across the lifespan. Frontiers in Psychology. 10, 1130. 

Law, B., Bruner, B., Scharoun Benson, S. M., Anderson, K., Gregg, M., Hall, N., Lane, K., MacDonald, D. J., Saunders, T. J., Sheehan, D., Stone, M., Woodruff, S., Belanger, K., Barnes, J. D., Longmuir, P. E., & 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.