Leah R. Ketcheson

Leah R. Ketcheson
Adjunct Faculty - Health & Physical Education
125 Matthaei Complex

 Office Hours: Wednesday 2:00 - 5:00


  • Undergraduate Degree - Physical Education and French - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Masters Degree - Adapted Physical Education-  Ohio State University, Columbus
  • PhD - Kinesiology - University of Michigan  - Ann Arbor 


 Dr. Leah Ketcheson joins WSU as adjunct faculty with extensive experience implementing physical and social programming for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan. Dr. Ketcheson is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan, School of Kinesiology earning her doctoral degree in Adapted Physical Activity. Her dissertation studies focused on the motor behavior of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 


Dr. Ketcheson’s passion for her educational pursuits were born during her tenure as a teacher of adapted physical education in Detroit Public Schools, she credits the children with whom she had the privilege of working with to her desire to continue to contribute to the field of adapted physical activity. 



 Dr. Ketcheson teaches classes in the College of Education, Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies. This year Dr. Ketcheson was responsible for teaching Adapted Physical Activity, Disability Sport and Assessment in Special Populations. 

Academic Interests

 Early motor and physical activity interventions for special populations.  

Area Of Expertise

 The motor skill development and levels of physical activity in children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Research Interests

 Community based motor skill interventions for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 

Courses Taught

  • Adapted Physical Activity
  • Disability & Sport
  • Assessment and Service Delivery: Adapted Physical Education

Community Engagement Activities

 Dr. Ketcheson is the Executive Director of LightUp, a non-profit organization whose mission it is to improve the quality of life in individuals with disabilities. 

150 years in the heart of Detroit