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Gavin Colquitt

Gavin Colquitt

Professor of Health and Physical Education
Ed.D., Northcentral University 
Office: Statesboro Campus-Hollis Building – Room 2121-B
Phone: 912-478-0889
Fax: 912-478-0381
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Dr. Gavin Colquitt is the Executive Director of the Center for Rehabilitation and Independent Living and Professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology at the Georgia Southern University. He is Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE), Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and Fellow of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM). Dr. Colquitt currently serves on the AACPDM Adapted Sport and Recreation Committee and on the advisory board for BlazeSports America.

Dr. Colquitt has also developed multiple community-based programs to meet the needs of people with disabilities in the region since coming to Georgia Southern in 2009. In 2010, he worked with colleagues in public health and therapeutic recreation to  found Camp RAD (Recreation for Adolescents with Disabilities), a summer camp for young people with disabilities with two locations in southeast Georgia. In 2018, he founded Super Eagles, an after-school fitness program for children with disabilities. Dr. Colquitt is also part of a team adapting the University of Montana’s Living Well with a Disability program for families of children with a disability called Living Well Together. Living Well Together is a consumer-directed program that promotes healthy, independent living for families of young people with disabilities in the transition age (10-21) by empowering them through peer support, goal setting, and problem solving.

His research focuses on improving health and physical activity among people with disabilities. Dr. Colquitt has published 29 peer-refereed articles, 4 book chapters, 1 book, and over 80 conference presentations. He has secured external funding for 15 projects, most recently serving as a co-investigator for a study examining the effect of vibration on muscle properties, physical activity and balance in children with cerebral palsy (National Institutes of Health, R01 HD090126, $2,985,608.00). In 2017, he received the College of Health and Human Sciences (currently the Waters College of Health Professions) award for excellence in scholarship.

As Executive Director of the Center for Rehabilitation an Independent Living, Dr. Colquitt seeks to build strategic partnerships with community stakeholders and Center faculty that meet the needs of the region while enhancing the research capacity of the University. These partnerships will enhance service and outreach programs to the community while synergizing interdisciplinary research between human movement, human performance, and allied health professionals among the Armstrong, Liberty, and Statesboro campuses.  Please contact Dr. Colquitt at to learn how the Center for Rehabilitation and Independent Living can support you!


Research Interests

  • Disability health
  • School/community-based physical activity interventions
  • Cerebral Palsy

Ongoing Projects

  • Power training for young people in cerebral palsy
  • Neuromuscular mechanisms of contracture related to people with cerebral palsy

Last updated: 4/4/2022