Dr. Elizabeth A. HolbrookAssistant Professor
Department: Health and Human Performance
Office: 210A C Homer Bast Center
Research & Teaching Interests:
Elizabeth's primary research interests involve the development of interventions aimed at augmenting physical activity participation in persons with disabilities, most notably persons with visual impairment. Her research in this area has led to the development of assessment tools used to evaluate barriers to physical activity, the establishment of validity evidence for accessible tools needed to monitor activity-based behaviors, and the creation of a community-level surveillance system for evaluating accessibility to physical activity across the Roanoke Valley.
Gerrie, B., & Holbrook, E. A. (2013). An introduction to the role of Physician
Assistants across Canada, the United States, and United Kingdom. International Journal of Exercise Science, 6(1), 1-8.
Rowe, D. A., Kang, M., Sutherland, R., Holbrook, E. A., & Barriera, T. V. (in press). Evaluation of inactive adults’ ability to maintain a moderate-intensity walking pace. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports.
Holbrook, E. A., Kang, M., & Morgan, D. (2013). Acquiring a stable estimate of physical activity in adults with visual impairment. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 30, 59-69.
Holbrook, E. A., Stevens, S., Kang, M., & Morgan, D. (2011). Validation of a talking pedometer for adults with visual impairment. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 43(6), 1094-1099.
Lee, M., Zhu, W., Brower, D., McMurray, B., Holbrook, E. A., & Gunderson, J. (in review). Development and validation of the physical activity barrier scale for persons who are blind or visually impaired. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly.
Stevens, S., Holbrook, E. A., Fuller, D., & Morgan, D. (2010). Influence of age on step activity patterns in children with cerebral palsy and typically-developing children. Archives of Physical Medicine and rehabilitation, 91, 1891-1896.
Holbrook, E. A., Barreira, T., Kang, M. (2009). Validation of Omron pedometers for prescribed and self-paced walking. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 41(3), 669-673.
Holbrook, E. A., Caputo J., Fuller, D., Perry, T., & Morgan, D. (2009). Physical activity, body composition, and perceived quality of life in adults with visual impairment. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 103(1), 17-29.
Kang, M., Holbrook, E. A., Barreira, T. (2009). Validity and reliability of Omron pedometers at slow walking speeds: Response. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 41(9),1827.
Morgan, D.W., Holbrook, E. A., Stevens, S., Bates, M., Emison, K., Otto, S., Evans, G., Mencio, G., & Argo, E. (2007). Metabolic stability during treadmill walking in youth with diplegic and quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Acta Kinesiologiae Universitatis Tartuensis, 12(supplement), 144.
Elizabeth received her PhD in 2010 from Middle Tennessee State University. Under the supervision of Drs. Don Morgan and Minsoo Kang, Elizabeth specialized in Exercise Science and Kinesmetrics. Studying intervention design and the dose-response relationship between physical activity and comorbidity in persons with disabilities, Elizabeth developed and implemented the first-known physical activity intervention for community-dwelling adults with visual impairment.
Elizabeth joined the Roanoke College faculty in 2010 and teaches in the Department and Health and Human Performance. A recent Faculty Scholar Award recipient, Elizabeth has continued her work involving special populations and regularly publishes and presents her findings through national and international forums. In addition to her own scholarly work, Elizabeth serves the college as a dedicated undergraduate research mentor. Recent accolades for mentored students include a 2013 publication in the International Journal of Exercise Science and 2012 Undergraduate Research Award nomination from the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine.
Available as a Media resource for the following topics:
Community-level physical activity and/or health promotion.
Willing to speak to professional, social or civic groups on:
Community health assessment.
Physical activity promotion.
Physical activity epidemiology.