Amanda Casey

Associate Professor
217C
Saputo Centre
(902) 867-3865
Research Interests: 
Adapted Physical Activity; Down Syndrome; Intellectual Disability; Exercise Interventions; Obesity

As a two-time academic All-American, Amanda attended the University of Tampa on an NCAA swimming scholarship, later completing her MSc. and Ph.D. in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary (2006). Amanda’s applied research and teaching at StFX involves designing, implementing, and evaluating community-based participatory action research in the field of disability and health. She follows evidence-based practice to implement carefully structured clinical interventions and community initiatives via the Motor Activities with X (MAX) Lab where she collaborates with rehabilitation and planning specialists, local schools, non-profit organizations, and assisted living facilities. Amanda’s community-engaged scholarship promotes universal design and health equity for at-risk populations including people with autism and intellectual disabilities. Her research centers on intervention design, vulnerable and rural population health, co-morbidity, accessibility, assistive technology, water safety and autism, inclusive para hockey, and knowledge transfer. Amanda has published in refereed journals such as Disability & Health, Disability & Rehabilitation, APAQ, Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Pediatric Physical Therapy; she is also funded by SSHRC, Research Nova Scotia, Goodlife Kids Foundation, and CLARI Action Research. Amanda advocates for inclusion on accessibility committees and as a Board member of non-profit organizations such as Nova Scotia Early Childhood Intervention, L’Arche, Antigonish Minor Hockey, and Positive Action for Keppoch where she recently introduced an Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility plan.