Ulrich to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

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Movement Science professor Dale Ulrich is being awarded the 2016 SHAPE America Julian U. Stein Lifetime Achievement Award. This honor recognizes Dr. Ulrich's contributions to adapted physical activity during his career.  SHAPE America is the Society of Health and Physical Educators, formerly known as the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).

He is director of the the Center on Physical Activity and Health in Pediatric Disabilities, which conducts research devoted to improving the overall health and functioning of infants and children diagnosed with Down syndrome or autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Ulrich’s research interests include:

  • motor behavior and development in infants and children with Down syndrome and autism,
  • assessment of motor behavior and performance in children
  • designing and testing interventions to maximize physical activity
  • motor skill development, community participation, and quality of life in children with Down syndrome and autism.

The career accomplishment he is probably best known for is creating the Test of Gross Motor Development (TGMD), now in its third iteration.

Dr. Ulrich will receive this honor at the SHAPE America annual convention in April. He has been a member of U-M Kinesiology’s faculty since 1999. Two other School of Kinesiology professors have won prior SHAPE America awards -- Ketra Armstrong (E. B. Henderson Award, and last year’s Charles D. Henry Award) and Thomas Templin (Honor Award, 2011).

Dr. Ulrich has just recently been honored with a Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award.

Dr. Julian U. Stein, for whom the award is named, is considered by many to be the father of adapted physical education in the United States, Dr. Stein is a retired university professor from George Mason University in Virginia.