Dr. Stamatis Agiovlasitis

Research/Teaching Expertise


  • Professor
  • Director, Disability Research Laboratory


Email: sagiovlasitis@colled.msstate.edu

President, North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity
Associate Editor, Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2009, Post-doctoral Training, Exercise Physiology)
  • Oregon State University (2007, Ph.D., Movement Studies in Disability)
  • Queens College, City University of New York (1998, M.S., Exercise Science)
  • Queens College, City University of New York (1996, B.S., Physical Education)

Areas of Research

  • Physical activity, physical fitness, mobility and health across the lifespan in people with disabilities
  • Physical activity assessment in persons with disabilities
  • Applied exercise physiology in persons with disabilities
  • Physiological and biomechanical aspects of gait in persons with Down syndrome

Areas of Teaching

  • Disability, Aging, and Physical Activity
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Cardio-respiratory Exercise Physiology

Selected Publications

  • Agiovlasitis, S. Yun, J., Jin, J., McCubbin, J.A., & Motl, R.W. (2018). Physical activity promotion for persons experiencing disability: The importance of interdisciplinary research and practice. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 35(4), 437-457. doi: 10.1123/apaq.2017-0103.
  • Jin, J., Yun, J., & Agiovlasitis, S. (2018). Impact of enjoyment on physical activity and health among children with disabilities in schools. Disability & Health Journal, 11(1), 14-19. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.04.004.
  • Bertapelli, F., Agiovlasitis, S., Machado, M.R., do Val Roso, R., & Guerra-Junior, G. (2017). Growth charts for Brazilian children with Down syndrome: Birth to 20 years of age. Journal of Epidemiology, 27(6), 265-273. doi: 10.1016/j.je.2016.06.009
  • Love, A., & Agiovlasitis, S. (2016). How is physical activity perceived by adults with Down syndrome? Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 33(3), 253-270. doi: 10.1123/APAQ.2015-0042.
  • Agiovlasitis, S., McCubbin, J.A., Yun, J., Widrick, J.J., & Pavol, M.J. (2015). Gait characteristics of adults with Down syndrome explain their greater metabolic rate during walking. Gait and Posture, 41(1), 180-185.
  • Sandroff, B.M., Riskin, B.J., Agiovlasitis, S., & Motl, R.W. (2014). Accelerometer cut-points derived during over-ground walking in persons with mild, moderate, and severe multiple sclerosis. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 340(1-2), 50-57.
  • Pitetti, K.H., Baynard, T., &Agiovlasitis, S., 2013). Children and adolescents with Down syndrome, physical fitness and physical activity. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 2, 47-57.
  • Agiovlasitis, S., Beets, M.W., Motl, R.W., & Fernhall, B. (2012). Step-rate thresholds for moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity in persons with Down syndrome. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 15, 425-430.
  • Agiovlasitis, S., Motl, R.W., Fahs, C.A., Ranadive, S.M., Yan, H., Echols, G.H., Rossow, L.M., & Fernhall, B. (2011). Metabolic rate and accelerometer output in people with Down syndrome. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 43(7), 1322-1327.
  • Agiovlasitis, S., Collier, S.R., Baynard, T., Echols, G.H., Goulopoulou, S., Figueroa, A., Beets, M.W., Pitetti, K.H., & Fernhall, B. (2010). Autonomic response to upright tilt in people with and without Down syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 31(3), 857-863.
  • Motl, R.W., Snook, E.M., Agiovlasitis, S., & Suh, Y. (2009). Calibration of accelerometer output in ambulatory adults with multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 90(10), 1778-1784.
  • Fernhall, B., & Agiovlasitis, S. (2008). Arterial function in youth: Window into cardiovascular risk. Journal of Applied Physiology, 105(1): 325-333.

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity
  • North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (President)