Lisa Witherspoon Bio
I think it is appropriate to introduce myself and allow you to learn more about who I am, what I do, and why I have been the lucky one chosen as the PE Central Active Gaming Managing Editor. I am an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida in the College of Education in the School of Physical Education and Exercise Science. I am a physical education teacher educator with a passion of preparing future teachers to become outstanding, quality leaders in the physical education profession. So where does active gaming fit into the picture?
Before beginning my PhD I helped start and run an exercise facility for children that incorporated active gaming activities. Long story made short, I had never been so touched seeing children of all ability levels as well as sizes interact with one another, sweat, and smile! I moved to Tampa, FL to begin my doctoral degree with a research focus in active gaming. My research focuses on understanding the effects that active gaming technologies has on participants and on the application of these activities to encourage and improve lifelong physical activity behaviors.
I have presented at conferencesabout active gaming and have authored and/or coauthored a number of print and video publications. Additionally, as the field of active gaming has grown in popularity, I have been asked to serve on National committees and Advisory Boards related to physical education, active gaming, sports and fitness concepts. My continued passion is to meet generations where they are in terms of interests and desires in order to help guide individuals in gaining and/or maintaining physically active lifestyles. I truly believe active gaming is an innovative approach that when used appropriately can positively affect physical activity behaviors.