Andrew Colombo-Dougovito

Rudy Reynoso

Dr. Andrew Colombo-Dougovito is an assistant professor of sport pedagogy and motor behavior in UNT’s Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, where he also serves as the director of the physical activity and motor skills program and as head of the Disability and Movement Research Collective. His research praxis focuses on understanding the social, environmental and political influences to physical activity and sport engagement for disabled individuals across their lifespan. Through a radical pragmatic lens, he uses expertise in mixed methodology to employ both qualitative and quantitative methods in pursuit of justice-oriented strategies and policies that reduce systemic barriers and ensure equal opportunities are provided. In 2019, Dr. Colombo-Dougovito was awarded the Elly D. Friedmann Young Professional Award from the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity, and in 2021, he received the Dr. Doris R. Corbett Johnson Leaders for Our Future Award from SHAPE America. He was inducted as a fellow of the Research Council of SHAPE America that same year. This August, his first co-edited book volume, Not Playing Around: Intersectional Identities, Media Representation, and the Power of Sport, was published by Lexington Books. When not at work, Dr. Colombo-Dougovito spends time outdoors — hiking, biking and climbing — with his partner Daniella, and their puppy Artemis.