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Jerraco Johnson

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Post Doctoral Scholar, Equity and Diversity

Program Area: Kinesiology

johnson.8636@osu.edu

Biography

Jerraco Leontae Johnson is a postdoctoral fellow in the Kinesiology Program within the Human Sciences Department. An overarching theme of his research is on social justice and promoting equity for populations of children who have traditionally been underserved. During his graduate studies he was the recipient of several awards from the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) including the Graduate Student Dissertation Research Grant, Outstanding Student Paper Award, and Graduate Student Award for International Conference Travel.

Education

  • PhD, Kinesiology, Auburn University, 2019
  • MEd, Exercise Science, Auburn University, 2015
  • BA, Kinesiology, Health, Physical Education, and Sport Studies, Morehouse College, 2014

Research Interests

  • Child Development
    • Developing healthy behaviors(i.e, fundamental motor skill competence, physical activity promotion) in young children who are at-risk for poor health and developmental delays and children from under-represented backgrounds.)
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
    • Teaching training for health and motor skill interventions
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
    • Cognitive and socio-emotional behaviors
    • Mastery motivational climate interventions to promote motor competence
    • Other psycho-social behaviors and factors of health
    • Perceived motor competence
    • Physical activity
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
    • Teacher training for health and motor skill interventions
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
    • Cognitive and socio-emotional behaviors
    • Mastery motivational climate interventions to promote motor competence
    • Other psycho-social behaviors and factors of health
    • Perceived motor competence
    • Physical activity
  • Social Justice
    • Serving students of underserved and historially underrepresented backgrounds

Research Summary

Johnson's primary research focus has been on the development of health behaviors (i.e., fundamental motor skill competence, physical activity promotion) in young children who are at-risk for poor health and developmental delays and children from under-represented backgrounds. The goal is not only to promote healthy behavioral change, but also identifying how these behaviors relate to social-emotional and cognitive development within this population. A large focus is on reducing health disparities for young children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Selected Grants

  • Graduate Student Dissertation Research Grant. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA). $1,800

Selected Publications

  • Wadsworth, D.D., Johnson, J. L., Carroll, A.V., Pangelinan, M. P., Rudisill, M. E., & Sassi, J. (2020).Intervention Strategies to Elicit MVPA in Preschoolers during Outdoor Play. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, (2), 650.

  • Hastie, P., Rudisill, M. E., Boyd, K. B., & Johnson, J. L. (2019).Examining the Pathways to Motor Skill Competence in a Mastery Motivational Climate: An appreciative inquiry. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 90, (3) 259-269. doi.org/10.1080/02701367.2019.1593921

  • Johnson, J. L., Rudisill, M. E., Hastie, P., Wadsworth, D. D., Strunk, K., Venezia, A., Sassi, J, Morris, M., & Merritt, M. A. (2019). Changes in Fundamental Motor Skills Following a Nine Month Mastery Motivational Climate Intervention. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. doi: 10.1080/02701367.2019.1628909

  • Johnson, J. L., Hastie, P. A., Rudisill, M. E., & Sassi, J. M. (2019). The influence of guided practice on overhand throwing competence in preschool children in a mastery motivational climate. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 7, (1), 64-83. doi.org/10.1123/jmld.2018-0005

  • Buchanan, A. B., Miedema, B., Rudisill, M. E., Johnson, J. L., Bridges, C., Irwin, J. M., & Pangelinan, M. (2019). “The stomp and catch was too easy!” Children’s and teachers’ perceptions of inclusive high and low autonomy motor skills instruction. The Physical Educator, 76(3), 676-700. doi: 10.18666/TPE-2019-V76-I3-8817

  • Johnson, J. L., Miedema, B., Converse, B., Irwin, D., Bridges, C., Irwin, J. M., Buchanan, A. B., Rudisill, M.E., & Pangelinan, M. (2018). Influence of high and low autonomy-supportive climates on physical activity in children with and without developmental disability. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 30, 427-437. doi.org/10.1007/s10882-018-9594-0

  • Rudisill, M. E., & Johnson, J. L. (2018). Mastery Motivational Climates in Early Childhood Physical Education: What have we learned over the past twenty years? Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 89, (6), 26-32. doi.org/10.1080/07303084.2018.1476940

  • Hastie, P., Johnson, J. L., Rudisill, M. E. (2018). An analysis of the attraction and holding power of skill stations used in a mastery motivational climate for preschool children. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 23(1),37-53.doi.org/10.1080/17408989.2017.1341476

  • Johnson, J. L., Rudisill, M. E., Sassi, J., Wadsworth, D.D., & Hastie, P. (2017). Instruction matters: Influence of instruction on motor skill learning across different mastery motivational climate conditions. European Journal of Physical Education and Sport Science, 3 (9), 24-34. 10.5281/zenodo.1066398

Selected Presentations

  • Johnson J. L., Merritt, M., Morris, M., Sassi, J., Wadsworth, D. D.,Rudisill, M., & Hastie, P. A. (2019, September). Differences in young preschool boys and girls overhand throwing practice behaviors during a mastery motivational climate. International Motor Development Research Consortium. Verona, Italy.

  • Wadsworth, D. D., Venezia, A., Johnson J. L., Rudisill, M., & Pangelinan, M. (2019, September 2019). Like a girl: Examining gender differences in physical activity programs in preschool children. International Motor Development Research Consortium. Verona, Italy.

  • Johnson, J. L., Wadsworth, D. D., Pangelinan, M., Sassi, J., Morris, M., Merritt, M., & Rudisill, M, E. (2019, June). Eliciting moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in preschool children: Comparing intervention strategies. Paper to be presented at the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity National Conference. Baltimore, MD.

  • Johnson, J. L., Rudisill, M. E., Hastie, P. A., Wadsworth, D. D., Venezia, A., Sassi, J., Morris, M., Merritt, M., & Strunk, K. (2019, June). Changes in motor skill performance following a nine month mastery motivational climate intervention. Paper to be presented at the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity National Conference. Baltimore, MD.

  • Johnson, J. L., Hastie, P. A., Morris, M., & Rudisill, M. E. (2019, April). Do practice behaviors predict improvements in motor skill in young children? Paper to be presented at the SHAPE America National Convention. Tampa, Florida.

  • Venezia, A., Johnson J. L., Pangelinan, M., Rudisill, M., & Wadsworth, D. D. (2019, February). Eliciting moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in preschoolers: A comparison of intervention strategies. Southeast American College of Sports Medicine. Greenville, South Carolina.

  • Johnson, J. L., Rudisill, M. E., Hastie, P. A., Pangelinan, M., & Sassi, J. (2018, June). The influence of guided practice on overhand throwing competence in preschool children in a mastery motivational climate. Paper presented at the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity National Conference. Denver, Colorado.

  • Johnson, J. L., & Rudisill, M, E. (2018, June). Critical environment factors: Best practices for elucidating positive changes in fundamental motor skill learning in preschool-age children. Paper presented at the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity National Conference. Denver, Colorado.

  • Sassi, J., Johnson, J. L., Converse, B., Edwards, M., Wadsworth, D. D., Rudisill, M. E., & Pangelinan, M. (2018, June). Different and nuanced patterns of improvement in cognitive and motor functions in preschool children following a mastery motor skill intervention. Paper presented at the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity National Conference. Denver, Colorado.

  • Wadsworth, D. D., Johnson, J. L., & Pangelinan, M. (2018, June). Best practices for the development and implementation of physical activity and motor skill interventions for preschoolers. Symposia presented at the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity National Conference. Denver, Colorado.

  • Johnson, J. L., Rudisill, M. E., Wadsworth, D. D., & Hastie, P. A. (2018, March). Instruction matters: Purposeful reinforcement is needed to learn motor skills. Paper presented at the SHAPE America National Convention. Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Buchanan, A. B., Miedema, B., Johnson, J. L., Pangelinan, M., & Rudisill, M. E. (2018, March). Children’s and Teachers’ perceptions of an inclusive autonomy-supportive climate. Paper presented at the SHAPE America National Convention. Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Stringfellow, A., Ward, J.K., Johnson, J. L., Hollett, N., Miedema, B., Dixon, C., Favoretto, L., & Hastie, P.H.  (2018, March). Promoting academic success through integrating classroom content in physical education. Paper presented at the SHAPE America National Convention. Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Sassi, J., Edwards, M., Johnson, J. L., Wadsworth, D. D., Rudisill, M. E., Pangelinan, M. (2017, September). Motor skill intervention increases cognitive abilities in preschool children from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Paper presented at VII International Conference of Motricidade. Caxias do Sul, Brazil.

  • Johnson, J. L., Miedema, B., Rudisill, M. E., Buchanan, A. B., Pangelinan, M., Converse, B., Irwin, J.M., & Bridges, C. (2017, June). Influence of high and low autonomy-supportive climates on physical activity in children with and without developmental disability. Paper presented at the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity National Conference. San Diego, California.

  • Johnson, J. L., Hastie, P.A., & Rudisill, M.E. (2017, June). Mastery Motivational Climate: examining the relationship between time spent and number of visits at skill stations with changes in skill scores. Paper presented at the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity National Conference. San Diego, California.

  • Hastie, P. A., Johnson, J. L., & Rudisill, M.E. (2017, March). Children’s engagement during a mastery climate physical education setting. Paper presented at SHAPE America National Convention. Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Rudisill, M. E., Wadsworth, D. D., Irwin, J., Hastie, P. A., Johnson, J. & Bridges, C. (2016, June). Measuring perceptions of competence in young children: The influence of performing and observing one's performance on perceived competence scores. Paper presented at the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity National Conference. Toronto, Canada.

  • Rudisill, M. E., Wadsworth, D. D., Irwin, J., Hastie, P. A., Bridges, C., & Johnson, J. (2016, June). Assessing perceptions of competence: Does performing motor skills and observing motor skill performance influence a child’s accuracy of their perceptions? North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity National Conference. Toronto, Canada.