Dr. Chih-Chia (J.J.) Chen

Research/Teaching Expertise


  • Associate Professor
  • Co-Director, Cognitive Motor Control Laboratory


Email: chih.chia.chen@msstate.edu

Department of Kinesiology
Rm. 238

Complete Vitae
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  • Arizona State University (Ph.D., 2013, Kinesiology)
  • National Taiwan Normal University (M.Ed., 2006, Physical Education)
  • National Tainan Teachers College (B.Ed., 1999, Elementary Education; Physical Education minor)

Areas of Teaching

  • Motor Learning and Development
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Aging and Physical Activity

Areas of Research

  • Exercise & Mental Health in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Sleep and Motor Performance
  • Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition
  • Adapted Physical Activity
  • Physical Literacy & Fitness

Selected Publications

  • Chen, C.-C. (JJ), Ryuh, Y-J, Donald, M., & Rayner, M. (2021). The Impact of Badminton Lessons on Health and Wellness of Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: A Pilot Study. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, Advanced online publication.
  • Ringenbach, S.D.R., Holzapfel, S.D., Arnold, N.E., Nam, K., Lopez, C., Chen, C-C, Buman, M.P., Youngstedt, S.D., Teslevich, J., Wallace, K.C. (2020). Assisted Cycling Therapy (ACT) Improves Adaptive Behaviors in Adolescents with Down Syndrome, Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 32(3), 535-552.
  • Chen, C.-C. (JJ), Ryuh, Y-J, Fang, Q., Lee, Y., & Kim, M-L (2019). The Effects of Inclusive Soccer Program on Motor Performance and Sport Skill in Young Adults with and without Intellectual Disabilities, Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 31(4), 487-499.
  • Chen, C.-C. (JJ), Ryuh, Y-J, Hardwick, H., Shirley, R., Brinkley, B., Lim, S., Lee, Y., & Kim, M-L. (2019). Psychological Benefits of Inclusive Soccer Program in Young Adults with and without Intellectual Disabilities. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 31(6), 847-861.
  • Chen, C.-C. (J.J.) & Ringenbach, S.D.R. (2018). Walking Performance in Adolescents and Young Adults with Down syndrome: The Role of Obesity and Sleep Disorders. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 62(4), 339-348.
  • Chen, C.-C. (J.J.) & Ringenbach, S.D.R. (2016). Dose-Response Relationship between Intensity of Exercise and Cognitive Performance in Individuals with Down syndrome: A Preliminary Study. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60(6), 606-614.
  • Chen, C.-C. (J.J.), Ringenbach, S.D.R. Crews, D., Kulinna, P., & Amazeen, E. (2015). The association between a single bout of moderate physical activity and executive function in young adults with Down syndrome: A preliminary study, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 59(7), 589-598.
  • Ringenbach, S.D., Albert, A.R., Chen, C.C., & Alberts, J.L. (2014). Acute Bouts of Assisted Cycling Improves Cognitive and Upper Extremity Movement Functions in Adolescents with Down Syndrome. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 52(2), 124-135.
  • Chen, C.-C. (J.J.), Ringenbach, S.D.R, & Snow, M. (2014). Treadmill Walking Effects on Grip Strength in Young Men with Down Syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 288-293.
  • Chen, C.-C.¬† (JJ), & Span√≤, G., & Edgin, J. (2013). The Impact of Sleep Disruption on Executive Function in Down Syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 2033-2039.

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity
  • International Motor Development Research Consortium
  • Shape America
  • The National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities