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Elizabeth (Kip) Webster, PhD

Associate Professor
HPER 331


KNS 290 Principles of Movement Control and Skill Learning


Dr. Webster’s research interests are focused on assessment, interventions, and policies related to fundamental motor skills and physical activity behaviors in pediatric populations. Her research involves school or early childhood education-based programs that target positive health-related outcomes, such as reducing childhood obesity and increasing physical activity, fitness, motor skill competency, and psychological variables related to health. Her recent research has examined the relationship between physical activity/ motor skill competency to screen-time behaviors, academic achievement, as well as early childhood education center policies that directly relate to improving pediatric health. She has received over $9.5 million in external and internal funding to support her work in pediatric health.


PhD Auburn University Exercise Science
MeD Auburn University Exercise Science
BS Berry College Psychology


Prior to joining the faculty at UTK, Dr. Webster was an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Public and Preventive Health at Augusta University and an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University. At Augusta University, she received the Louis K. Bell Research Award for Augusta University (2022) and the Faculty Research Award in the College of Education (2020). At LSU, she served as a Fulbright Scholar in 2017 (Czech Republic) and received the TAF Undergraduate Teaching Award (2018). Dr. Webster is actively involved in the International Motor Development Research Consortium (I-MDRC) and currently serves as the Secretary.


Copetti, F., Valentini, N.C., Deslandes, A.C., & Webster, E.K. (2022). Pedagogical support for the Test of Gross Motor Development – 3 for children with neurotypical development and with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Validity for an animated mobile application. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 27(5), 483-501.

Kariippanon, K.E., Chong, K.H., Janssen, X., Tomaz, S.A., Ribeiro, E.H.C., Munambah, N., Chan, C.H.S., Chathurangana, P.W.P., Draper, C.E., El Hamdouchi, A., Florindo, A.A., Guan, H., Ha, A.S., Hossain, M.S., Kim, D.H., Kim, T.V., Koh, D.C.L., Lof, M., Pham, B.N., Poh, B.K., Reilly, J.J., Staiano, A.E., Suherman, A., Tanaka, C., Tang, H.K., Tremblay, M.S., Webster, E.K., Wickramasinghe, V.P., Wong, J.E., & Okely, A.D. (2022). Levels and correlates of objectively measured sedentary time in young children: SUNRISE pilot study results from 19 countries. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 54(7), 1123-1130. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002886

Staiano, A.E., Kracht, C.L., Beyl, R.A., Newton, R.L., Jr., Hendrick, C.A., Viverito, M., & Webster, E.K.† (2022). mHealth intervention for motor skills: A randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics, 149(5), e2021053362.

Martins, C.L., Webster, E.K., Bandeira, P.F.R., & Staiano, A.E. (2022). Identifying fundamental motor skills building blocks in preschool children from Brazil and the United States: A network analysis. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 10(1), 96-115.

Maïano, C., Morin, A.J.S., April, J., Webster, E.K., Hue, O., Dugas, C., & Ulrich, D.A. (2022). Psychometric properties of a French version of the Test of Gross Motor Development – Third Edition (TGMD-3): A bifactor structural equation modeling approach. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 26(1), 51-62.

Barnett, L.M., Webster, E.K., Hulteen, R., De Meester, A., Lenoir, M., Pesce, C., Valentini, N., Getchell, N., Lopes, V., Robinson, L., Brian, A., & Rodrigues, L.P. (2022). Through the looking glass: A systematic review of longitudinal evidence, providing new insight for motor competence and health. Sports Medicine, 52, 875-920.

Pitchford, E.A., Leung, W., & Webster, E.K.† (2021). Fundamental motor skill delays in preschool children with disabilities: 2012 National Youth Fitness Survey. Frontiers in Public Health: Children and Health, 9:758321.

Okely, A.D., Reilly, J.J., Tremblay, M.S., Kariippanon, K.E., Draper, C.E., El Hamdouchi, A., Florindo, A.A., Green, J.P., Hongyan, G., Katzmarzyk, P.T., Lubree, H., Nguyen Pham, B., Suesse, T., Willumsen, J., Basheer, M., Calleia, R., Chong, K.H., Cross, P.L., Nacher, M., Smeets, L., Taylor, E., Abdeta, C., Aguilar-Farias, N., Baig, A., Bayasgalan, J., Chan, C.H.S., Chathurangana, P.W.P., Chia, M., Ghofranipour, F., Ha, A.S., Hossain, M.S., Janssen, X., Jáuregui, A., Katewongsa, P., Kim, D.H., Kim, T.V., Koh, D., Kontsevaya, A., Leyna, G.H., Löf, M., Munambah, N., Mwase-Vuma, T., Nusurupia, J., Oluwayomi, A., del Pozo-Cruz, B., del Pozo-Cruz, J., Roos, E., Shirazi, A., Singh, P., Staiano, A.E., Suherman, A., Tanaka, C., Tāng, H.K., Teo, W.-P., Tiongco, M.M., Tladi, D., Turrab, A., Veldman, S., Webster, E.K., Wickramasinghe, P., & Widyastari, D.A. (2021). Cross-sectional examination of 24-hour movement behaviours among 3- and 4-year-old children in urban and rural settings in low-income, middle-income, and high-income countries: The SUNRISE study protocol. BMJ Open, 11:e049267.

Webster, E.K., Sur, I., Stevens, A., & Robinson, L.E. (2021). Associations between body composition and fundamental motor skill competence in children. BMC Pediatrics, 21, 444.

Okely, A.D., Kariippanon, K.E., Guan, H., Taylor, E.K., Suesse, T., Cross, P.L., Chong, K.H., Suherman, A., Turab, A., Staiano, A.E., Ha, A.S., El Hamdouchi, A., Baig, A., Poh, B.K., Del Pozo-Cruz, B., Chan, C.H.S., Nyström, C.D., Koh, D., Webster, E.K., Lubree, H., Tang, H.K., Baddou, I., Del Pozo-Cruz, J., Wong, J.E., Sultoni, K., Nacher, M., Löf, M., Cui, M., Hossain, M.S., Chathurangana, P.W.P., Kand, U., Wickramasinghe, V.P.P., Calleia, R., Ferdous, S., Van Kim, T., Wang, X., &Draper, C.E. (2021). Global effect of COVID-19 pandemic on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep among 3- to 5-year-old children: A longitudinal study of 14 countries. BMC Public Health, 21(1):940.

Martins, C., Bandeira, P.F.R., Filho, A.S., Bezerra, T., Clark, C., Webster, E.K., Mota, J., & Duncan, M. (2021). The combination of three movement behaviours is associated with object control skills, but not locomotor skills, in preschoolers. European Journal of Pediatrics, 180, 1505-1512.

Garn, A.C. & Webster, E.K. (2021). Bifactor structure and model reliability of the Test of Gross Motor Development – 3rd edition. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 24(1), 67-73.

Pitchford, E.A. & Webster, E.K. (2021). Clinical validity of the Test of Gross Motor Development – 3 in children with disabilities from the U.S. National Normative Sample. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 38(1), 62-78.

Webster, E.K., Kracht, C.L., Newton, R.L., Jr., Beyl, R.A., & Staiano, A.E. (2020). Intervention to improve preschool children’s fundamental motor skills: Protocol for a parent-focused, mobile app-based comparative effectiveness trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 9(10), e19943. DOI: 10.2196/19943

Kracht, C.L., Webster, E.K., & Staiano, A.E. (2020). Relationship between the 24-hour movement guidelines and fundamental motor skills in preschoolers. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 23(2), 1185-1190.

Webster, E.K., & Staiano, A.E. (2020). Extended heavy television viewing may impact weight long-term in adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 66(5), 517-519. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.02.007 [Editorial].

Tamplain, P., Webster, E.K., Brian, A., & Valentini, N.C. (2020). Assessment of motor development in childhood: Contemporary issues, considerations, and future directions. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 8(2), 391-409.

Kracht, C.L., Webster, E.K., & Staiano, A.E. (2020). A natural experiment of state-level physical activity and screen-time policy changes early childhood education (ECE) centers and child physical activity. BMC Public Health, 20, 387.

Webster, E.K., Robinson, L.E., & Wadsworth, D.D. (2020). Factors that influence participation in classroom-based physical activity breaks in preschoolers. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 17(2), 162-168.