Ph.D. Student Profile

Erica  Twardzik

Erica Twardzik, M.S., B.S.

  • Doctoral Student


M.S.; Kinesiology; Oregon State University (2016)
B.S.; Movement Science; University of Michigan (2013)

Research Interests & Projects

Erica's research interests broadly focus on the mechanisms by which neighborhood environments influence health. She is interested in the causes and consequences of disability and what role physical and social environments play in creating disability. Erica is currently working under the mentorship of Dr. Philippa Clarke and Dr. Natalie Colabianchi. Her research focuses on health disparities experienced by individuals with disabilities, and the impact place and time has on physical activity and health-related outcomes for individuals with and without disabilities.

Current Research

Erica's current research projects are examining the relationship between neighborhood socioeconomic status and quality of life among stroke survivors in large national cohort.

Selected Publications

Son, K., Twardzik, E., Nabozny, M.L., Strasburg, D., Alexander, N. (2017) Contribution of obesity and performance factors to 6 minute walk test in older adults with diabetes. Innovation in Aging.

Welch, W.A., Alexander, N., Swartz, A.M., Miller, N.E., Twardzik, E., Strath, S.J. (2017) Individualized estimation of physical activity in older adults with type 2 diabetes. Med Sci Sports Exerc. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001355. PMID: 28640060.

Twardzik, E., Dixon-Ibarra, A., & MacDonald M. (2017). The relationship between state lead agency and odds of enrollment for children aged birth through three in early intervention services. Early Intervention.

Twardzik, E., Cotto-Negron, C., & MacDonald M. (2017). Factors related to early intervention Part C enrollment: A systematic review. Disability and Health Journal. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.01.009. PMID: 28187953.

MacDonald, M., Hatfield, B. & Twardzik, E. (2017). Child behaviors of young children with autism spectrum disorder across play settings. Adapted physical activity quarterly. 34(1). 19-32. doi: 10.1123/APAQ.2016-0028. PMID: 28218869.