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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Kinesiology

Barry Lavay, Ph. D


Professor of Kinesiology and Adapted Physical Education Coordinator
Department of Kinesiology


Ph. D., Adapted Physical Education; University of New Mexico, 1984
M.S., Physical Education; Eastern Illinois University, 1976
B.S., Physical Education; Plymouth State College, 1973

Dr. Barry Lavay is a professor the Department of Kinesiology (KIN) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and his primary responsibility is to train students to teach physical education to individuals with disabilities. His duties in the KIN department, where he has taught since 1988, include coordinating the State Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization (APEAA) Credential Program where over 350 students have received this program authorization.  He is the director of on campus after school and summer physical activity programs for children with disabilities. These programs include the After School Adapted Physical-activity program (ASAPP), and Camp Nugget designed to offer positive physical activity experiences to children with disabilities from ages 5 to 12. He is the 2001 CSULB Outstanding Professor Award recipient. Dr. Lavay obtained his Ph.D. in Special Physical Education from the University of New Mexico in 1984. He received his master's degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1976 and his bachelor's degree from Plymouth State College in 1973.

Dr. Lavay's scholarship interests are in the area of physical education pedagogy for children with disabilities and more specifically applied behavior analysis and effective teaching practices. He has authored or co-authored over 15 textbooks, textbook chapters, and manuals and over 50-juried articles in over a dozen different physical education and special education journals. He is the co-author of two textbooks, Positive Behavior Management in Physical Activity Settings (3rd edition, in press) and Physical Activity for Individuals with Mental Retardation: Infancy through Adulthood. He has given over 75 scholarly presentations on the international, national, regional & state level and provided many inservice training seminar/workshops on the state, and local level. He served on the Editorial Board for Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly from 1993 to 1997 and is currently a guest reviewer. Dr. Lavay received the 2001 American Alliance for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Adapted Physical Activity Council Professional Recognition Award based on his leadership on the national level and significant contributions to the literature in the area of adapted physical education. In 2005, he received the California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, State Council on Adapted Physical Education Professional Recognition Award based on his contribution to APE in the state.

Since 1983, he has been an active member of the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID). In 2011 he received the NCPERD William A. Hilliman Distinguished Service Award based on his service to the profession. From 1992 to 1997, he served on the Steering Committee for the Adapted Physical Education National Standards Project (APENS) that developed the first national standards and examination in adapted physical education. Since 1973, Dr. Lavay has been an active member with the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (AAHPERD). He was on the writing task force that authored, Physical BEST and Individuals with Disabilities: A Handbook for Inclusion in Fitness Programs. From 1999 to 2002, he served on the CAHPERD State Council on APE where he was Chair from 2000 to 2001. He has been the program planning co-chair for the 20th, 30th and 40th Adapted Physical Education National Conference. Since 1988, he has directed after school and summer physical activity programs for children with disabilities and special needs on the CSU, Long Beach campus. He has been involved in Special Olympics having served in the capacity of a coach of various sport programs as well as the Director of the Kansas State Special Olympics Basketball Tournament from 1984 to 1988. He has served as a consultant to the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) to develop instructional materials (i.e., manual, workshop materials) to help coaches meet the unique challenges children with special needs and disabilities present when included into youth soccer. He has seven years of physical education public school teaching experience in adapted and general physical education. Experiences include; teaching as an itinerant adapted physical education teacher, teaching physical education in a special day school for children with intellectual disabilities, and working as an elementary school physical education teacher.


Dr. Lavay's publication and research interests are in the areas of area of physical education pedagogy for children with disabilities and more specifically applied behavior analysis and effective teaching practices. See journal article links

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