Dr. Witherspoon is an Assistant Professor in Physical Education at the University of South Florida. She received her undergraduate in K-12 Health and Physical Education in 2000 and her master’s in Health Promotion in 2004 both from Virginia Tech. Her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction was earned at The University of South Florida in the summer of 2009 while working as the Co Director of the USF Active Gaming Research Laboratory and teaching undergraduate courses. She joined the faculty at USF in the fall of 2009.
Dr. Witherspoon's research is focused on technology driven physical activities called Active Gaming. She is working as the Coordinator for all active gaming research projects at USF. She studies the effects that 21st century technology driven physical activities may have on various populations, with a central focus being with children.
Dr. Witherspoon has published manuscripts and video publications relative to her research interests. She serves serves on National committees and Advisory and Editorial Boards related to physical education, active gaming, sports, and fitness concepts. Dr Witherspoon's continued passion is to meet generations 'where they are' in terms of interests and desires in order to help guide them as individuals in gaining and/or maintaining physically active lifestyles. She is managing editor of the PE Central activegaming page. These endeavors are devoted to encouraging active gaming and to answer questions regarding key issues.
Dr. Witherspoon's teaching responsibilities include both the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of South Florida. Undergraduate courses include: Elementary Instructional Design and Content, Health and Physical Education for the Child, Elementary and Secondary Physical Education Internship, and Health, Safety, Nutrition, Motor Skills for the Young Child and Coaching Principles. Graduate courses include: Analysis of Research on Teaching Physical Education.
Lisa Witherspoon, Ph.D.
Co Director - USF Active Gaming Research Labs
4202 East Fowler Ave, PED 227
Tampa, FL 33620
Office - 813-974-1146
Fax - 813-974-4979
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