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Kathleen M. Haywood, Associate Dean and Professor in the College of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) received her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Master of Arts (Physical Education) degrees from Washington University in St. Louis.  She received her doctorate (Physical Education/Kinesiology) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with an emphasis in Motor Behavior.

At UMSL Professor Haywood served as the University Senate chair and as the Graduate Program Director before appointment as an Associate Dean.  She also served as an Interim Dean of the College of Education.  She is one of the faculty officers of the UMSL chapter of the University’s all-discipline honorary, Phi Kappa Phi.  Professor Haywood is a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology.

Professor Haywood is an internationally recognized author in life span motor development.  She published the first motor development textbook to take a life span perspective to motor development.  That text, Life Span Motor Development now co-authored with Nancy Getchell, is in its 6th edition and has been translated into Portuguese.   The text is accompanied by a large number of web-based learning activities for readers.

Professor Haywood recently published an advanced text in motor development, Advanced Analysis of Motor Development, with Mary Ann Roberton and Nancy Getchell.   This is the first graduate-level text published in the field. 

Professor Haywood also has published extensively on the instruction of archery.   A text co-written with Catherine Lewis, Archery: Steps to Success, is currently in its 4th edition.  Earlier editions were translated to French and Italian.  An earlier text with Lewis, Teaching Archery: Steps to Success, was also translated into Italian.  Chapters on archery have also been published in Physical Activity and Sport for the Secondary School Student (6th ed.) and Principles of Safety in Physical Education and Sport (4th ed.).  An additional chapter, Psychological Aspects of Archery, was published in an international text, The Sport Psychologist’s Handbook: A Guide for Sport-Specific Performance Enhancement.

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Kathleen M. Haywood, Associate Dean and Professor in the College of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) received her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Master of Arts (Physical Education) degrees from Washington University in St. Louis.  She received her doctorate (Physical Education/Kinesiology) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with an emphasis in Motor Behavior.

At UMSL Professor Haywood served as the University Senate chair and as the Graduate Program Director before appointment as an Associate Dean.  She also served as an Interim Dean of the College of Education.  She is one of the faculty officers of the UMSL chapter of the University’s all-discipline honorary, Phi Kappa Phi.  Professor Haywood is a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology.

Professor Haywood is an internationally recognized author in life span motor development.  She published the first motor development textbook to take a life span perspective to motor development.  That text, Life Span Motor Development now co-authored with Nancy Getchell, is in its 5th edition and has been translated into Portuguese.   The text is accompanied by a large number of web-based learning activities for readers.

Professor Haywood recently published an advanced text in motor development, Advanced Analysis of Motor Development, with Mary Ann Roberton and Nancy Getchell.   This is the first graduate-level text published in the field. 

Professor Haywood also has published extensively on the instruction of archery.   A text co-written with Catherine Lewis, Archery: Steps to Success, is currently being updated for a 4th edition.  Earlier editions were translated to French and Italian.  An earlier text with Lewis, Teaching Archery: Steps to Success, was also translated into Italian.  Chapters on archery have also been published in Physical Activity and Sport for the Secondary School Student (6th ed.) and Principles of Safety in Physical Education and Sport (4th ed.).  An additional chapter, Psychological Aspects of Archery, was published in an international text, The Sport Psychologist’s Handbook: A Guide for Sport-Specific Performance Enhancement.

Professor Haywood’s research interests centered on visual aspects of the performance of motor skills requiring an action at the exact moment a moving object arrives in a location.  This includes development of such skills over the life span.  Much of her research measured eye movements as means to determine the perceptual information used to trigger the action.  She published numerous articles and a chapter on this topic.  Additional research interests have been the development of throwing, including age-related adaptations in older adults, and the scaling of sports equipment throughout the life span to maximize success by those of various ages and abilities.

Building on her academic interests in motor development and scaling sports equipment, Professor Haywood has worked extensively with youth sport programs, both in the role of coach and the role of administrator.  She has worked with the Gateway Chapter of the Older Women’s League on its Women of Worth project and with Habitat for Humanity.  She currently edits publications for the Missouri Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, including a newsletter and an annual journal of professional articles.

 

Education

Kathleen Haywood received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Washington University then returned to Washington University to complete a Master of Arts in Physical Education.  She earned her Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in motor behavior from the University of Illinois in 1976.  She has been at UM-St. Louis since 1976.  She has been the Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Education since 1993 and an Associate Dean since 1995.  Professor Haywood is active in the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity and has received the Central District Scholar Award and Mabel Lee Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

Research and Teaching

Professor Haywood’s early research was on the role of visual perception in the performance of anticipatory motor skills from an information processing perspective.  In particular she studied eye movements to document the focus of attention as performers intercepted moving objects.  When the motor behavior field adopted the dynamical systems perspective (chaos theory), she shifted her focus to interactions of the performer, task, and environment in giving form to movements.  A feature of her work has been a life span perspective of developmental phenomenon.

Professor Haywood’s teaching areas include those areas of motor behavior that overlap psychology (motor development; motor learning/control; social psychology of sport), biomechanics, and elementary-level physical educator preparation.  She also works with doctoral students preparing dissertation proposals.

Representative Publications

Haywood, K.M. & Getchell, N.  (2005).  Life span motor development (4th ed.).  Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Haywood, K.M. (2006).  Psychological aspects of archery.  In J. Dosil (Ed.), The sport psychologist’s handbook: A guide for sport-specific performance enhancement (Chapter 24).  West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Gagen, L.M., Haywood, K.M., & Spaner, S.D. (2005).  Predicting the scale of tennis rackets for optimal striking from body dimensions.  Pediatric Exercise Science, 17, 190-200.