Dr. Lauren Cavanaugh

Associate Professor of Exercise Science

BKinH (Bachelor of Kinesiology with Honors), Acadia University, Wolfville, NS, Canada

MS Kinesiology, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX

MAT Physical Education, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX

PhD Kinesiology, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX

Dr. Lauren Cavanaugh’s main area of expertise in higher education is Adaptive Physical Education. She has worked extensively and provided support for individuals with disabilities both in and outside of their educational setting. Her dissertation research focused on the social component of a surf camp for children with ASD and their families. The camp social skills have also been implemented in Texas and New York schools.

Dr. Cavanaugh has co-directed the Learning Through Sun Sand and SURF camps for the past 10 years. She is currently working on the development of a new surf camp called Camp Waves for Autism. More recently, she founded a Special Olympics club which remains one of the largest in Buffalo, NY. In addition to researching the benefits of a surf camp curriculum for children with autism and their families, Dr. Cavanaugh’s research interests also include the effectiveness of motor skill development on academic achievement, and the effects and modifications of physical education for students with CHARGE syndrome.




Elementary EducationSecondary Education


Adapted Physical Education
Disability Sports; Elementary and Secondary Health and Physical Education Methods
History, Philosophy and Ethics of Sports
Motor Learning and Development