Faculty Profile for Dr. Ting Liu

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Dr. Ting Liu
Regents' Teacher — College of Education
Regents' Teacher — Dept of Health & Human Performance
JOW 114
phone: (512) 245-8259

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Liu is Associate Dean for Research and Sponsored Programs in the College of Education, and a Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance. She earned her Ph.D. in Kinesiology from University of Texas at Austin, M.S. in Exercise and Sports Studies from Boise State University, and B.S. in Physical Education from Beijing Sport University. Dr. Liu’s research agenda includes applied and translational research in children with autism. She has established and directed Autism camp since 2010, provided a place for children with autism in San Marcos and hands-on service learning and research opportunities to Texas State students. Dr. Liu served as the Exercise and Sports Science undergraduate program coordinator in 2015-2017 and as the graduate program coordinator since 2017. She also served as a Faculty Senator from 2016 to 2019 representing the faculty of the College of Education. In addition, she has co-chaired the International Advisory Council since 2020, and served on the University Curriculum Committee and co-chaired the College of Education Curriculum Committee in 2018. Dr. Liu has received numerous research, teaching, and service awards. Dr. Liu was the recipient of the Regents' Teacher Award, Everette Swinney Faculty Senate Excellence in Teaching Award, the Translational Health Research Poster Award, multiple Presidential Distinction Awards for Excellence in Teaching, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, multiple College Achievement Awards for Excellence in Service, and the national Lolas E. Halverson Motor Development and Learning Young Investigator Award.

Teaching Interests

Motor Development
Motor Learning
Motor Behavior
Applied Statistics
Measurement and Evaluation

Research Interests

Dr. Liu research interests broadly focus on the investigation of motor behavior changes in typical and atypical children with different motor, social, emotion, and motor competence. She has expanded her sustained scholarly line of research to conduct applied and translational research of great significance to children with autism spectrum disorder, their families, and professionals that work with this population.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Liu, T., Capistran, J., & ElGarhy, S. (2021). Fine and gross motor competence in children with autism spectrum disorder. The Physical Educator, 77, 227–241. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.18666/TPE-2021-V78-I3-9644
  • Maia, D., Pohl, S., Okuda, P., Liu, T., Puglisi, M., Ploubidis, G., … Cogo-Moreira, H. (2020). Psychometric properties and optimizing of the Bracken school readiness assessment. Educational Assessment, Evaluation & Accountability. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1007/s11092-020-09339-3
  • Okuda, P., Swardfager, W., Lucio, P., Ploubidis, G., Liu, T., Pangelinan, M., & Cogo-Moreira, H. (2019). The trajectory of balance skill development from childhood to adolescence was influenced by birthweight: A latent transition analysis in a British birth cohort. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 109, 12–19. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2018.12.012
  • Liu, T., Kelly, J., Davis, L., & Zamora, K. (2019). Nutrition, BMI and motor competence in children with autism spectrum disorder. Medicina, 55(5), 135. https://doi.org/doi:10.3390/medicina55050135
  • Lang, R. B., Liu, T., & Ledbetter-Cho, K. E. (2018). Exercise in autism. In F. R. Volkmar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. New York, US: Springer Publishing Company. https://doi.org/doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102189-1

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Regents' Teacher, Texas State University System. 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: The Everette Swinney Faculty Senate Excellence in Teaching Award, Texas State University. 2021
  • Award / Honor Nominee: The University’s nominee for the Piper Professor Award, Texas State University. 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: The Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, Texas State University. 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: The Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly / Creative Activities, Texas State University. 2014

Selected Grants

  • Valles, Damian (Principal), Liu, Ting (Co-Principal). Undergraduate research experiences in machine learning, analytics, and augmented reality for smart and connected health., National Science Foundation, Federal, $344029. (Funded: 2022 - 2024). Grant.
  • Liu, Ting (Principal). Incorporating a service-learning component into an undergraduate class to promote physical activity participation and development for children with autism, H-E-B’s Tournament of Champions Grant, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $20000. (Funded: 2017 - 2020). Grant.
  • Liu, Ting. Impact of a movement program on promoting physical activity participation and fitness development for youth with autism spectrum disorder, United Way Community Investment Grant, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $25500. (Funded: 2015 - 2020). Grant.
  • Liu, Ting. Cross-regional comparisons on cognitive and motor behavior changes in children with autism, City of San Marcos Youth Grant, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $23000. (Funded: 2015 - 2020). Grant.
  • Liu, Ting (Principal). Autism camp operation and research support on children with autism spectrum disorder, The San Marcos Lions Club Grant, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $51500. (Funded: 2012 - 2023). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

International Advisory Council
Council of Funded Research
Coordinator / Organizer
Communications Director, Executive Committee, International Motor Development Research Consortium
Founder and Director
Autism Summer Camp
Graduate Advisor
ESS Graduate Program Coordinator