Mai Jara is a lecturer and the Director of Adapted Aquatics program at the Center of Achievement (COA) for the Dept. of Kinesiology at CSUN.
I have been working in the field of Adapted Physical Activity for 15 years providing adapted aquatic therapy, adapted exercise, and conducting various research. I am currently working with many APA graduate students in research on quality of life and physical activity, virtual reality with exercise, gait/balance analysis, attitudes towards people with disability, and self efficacy through student service learning program.
I have completed and conferred Educational Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership program at CSUN in August 2019. I am strong believer, advocate, and supporter of implementing the student service learning program (Brown Center, Commit to be Fit, 3 Wins, Motor development lab, iFit, etc).
Developed Certificate program in Personal Trainer & Group Fitness instructor at Oxnard College. Certified in ARC Lifeguard Instructor, ARC & AHA CPR/AED instructor, Adapted Aquatics Instructor (AAPHERED), Tai Chi and Ai Chi instructor.
My dissertation emphasized the attitudes towards people with disabilities (PWD) among Kinesiology students.
My research emphasis is the student service learning program effect on Kinesiology students. Specifically, I am interested in Ableism in the education system. I also conducted various gait research in people with various disabilities.
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Lecturer / Director of Adapted Aquatics Program