Leah Ketcheson, PhD.
Dr. Leah Ketcheson joins LightUp as the Executive Director with extensive experience implementing physical and social programming for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan. Dr. Ketcheson is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan, School of Kinesiology earning her doctoral degree in Adapted Physical Activity. Her dissertation studies focused on the motor behavior of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and have recently been published in a top tier research journal.
Dr. Ketcheson’s passion for her educational pursuits were born during her tenure as a teacher of adapted physical education in Detroit Public Schools, she credits the children with whom she had the privilege of working with to her desire to continue to contribute to the field of adapted physical activity. Dr. Ketcheson strives to implement only the most research informed evidence based practices within LightUp’s program offerings.
Outside of work, Dr. Ketcheson keeps busy with her husband, two children and labrador dog named Bo Schembechler Farrell! As a family they enjoy many outdoor activities, including year round park trips and lots of time in and around the water. She met her husband as a freshman on the women’s rowing team at University of Michigan over 15 years ago and they have been inseparable ever since!
Ketcheson, L., Hauck, J., & Ulrich, D. (2016). The effects of an early motor skill intervention on motor skills, levels of physical activity, and socialization in young children with autism spectrum disorder: A pilot study. Autism, 1362361316650611.
Reynolds, J. L., Pitchford, E. A., Hauck, J. L., Ketcheson, L. R., & Ulrich, D. A. (2016). Outcomes of Home-Support Consultation on the Maintenance of Bicycle-Riding Skills for Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 26(2), 166-185.
Smith, S. M., Sonego, S., Ketcheson, L., & Larson, J. L. (2014). A review of the effectiveness of psychological interventions used for anxiety and depression in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. BMJ Open Respiratory Research, 1(1), e000042.