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CRPASH Co-Directors

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Center for Research on Physical Activity, Sport & Health (CRPASH)

Dr. Don Sabo, Founding Director and Senior Advisor

Don Sabo, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus, Health Policy, at D'Youville College, where he founded CRPASH.  He is the former Research Director of the Women's Sports Foundation, and currently serves as its Senior Health Policy Advisor. Professor Sabo is considered one of the most important empirical researchers in the United States on girls and women in sport, especially as related to youth sports, education and health, and the struggle for gender equity in sport. He has also written extensively about boys' and men's health for more than two decades.

Don Sabo, PhD
Don Sabo, PhD

Professor Sabo is the former president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, and a frequently invited speaker and keynoter on campuses and for conferences. He keynoted a national conference on women's sports leadership at the U. of Minnesota's Tucker Center (2011), and is a featured speaker at an upcoming November 2012 national summit on youth sport and education at the LA84 Foundation.

On October 20, 2015, Dr. Don Sabo was honored with the Billie Jean King Contribution Award at the 36th Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards gala held by the Women's Sports Foundation. This honor recognizes an individual or organization who has made a significant contribution to the development and advancement of women's sports. Dr. Sabo's pioneering research is a catalyst for the advancement of girls and women in sports and uncovers the lifelong benefits of participation on their health and well-being.

Nationwide Research Reports Dr. Sabo has directed and/or co-authored

  • The Decade of Decline: Gender Equity in High School Sports (2012)
  • Progress Without Equity: The Provision of High School Athletic Opportunity in the United States, by Gender, 1993-94 through 1994-95 (2010)
  • Go Out and Play: Youth Sports in America (2008)
  • Her Life Depends On It: Physical Activity and the Health and Well-Being of American Girls (2004)
  • Health Risks and the Teen Athlete (2000)
  • The Women's Sports Foundation Report: Sport and Teen Pregnancy (1998)
  • The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Report: Physical Activity & Sport in the Lives of Girls (1997)
  • The Women's Sports Foundation Gender Equity Report Card: A Survey of Athletic Opportunity in American Higher Education (1997)
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Nation in Televised International Athletic Events (1995)
  • Sports and Fitness in the Lives of American Working Women (1993)
  • The Women's Sports Foundation Report: Minorities in Sport (1989)

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Dr. Renee Cadzow, Director

Renee Cadzow, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Health Services Administration at D'Youville College. She joined D'Youville College in August 2012 after working previously as research faculty in the SUNY at Buffalo Department of Family Medicine and as the Evaluation Director for the New York State Area Health Education Center System. She has collaborated with WNY school districts to implement system-wide changes to policy, environment, and programs that emphasize improved nutrition and physical activity behaviors. Her research focuses on the prevention of childhood obesity. 

Renee Cadzow
Renee Cadzow, PhD

As a public health advocate, she serves on two area school district wellness committees, including as the co-director of the School Wellness Advisory Team (SWAT) focused on advising the implementation of the district's wellness policy.  She is Board Co-Chair of the Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo and a board member the Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network. She is also a member of the of the Healthy Start, Healthy Future for All coalition. She has worked closely with western New York community partners to advocate for environment and policy changes in support of breastfeeding, which is strongly related to later life health and well-being for both moms and children. Dr. Cadzow is also a mom to four young children who keep her very active.

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Dr. Briana J. Jegier, Assistant Director

Briana J. Jegier, PhD, is an assistant professor in healthcare services administration at D’Youville College. She also holds an appointment as an assistant professor in the college of health sciences at Rush University. Dr. Jegier’s teaching experience includes courses taught in statistics, decision analysis, epidemiology, research design, healthcare finance, healthcare insurance, and management communication.

Dr. Jegier previously served as the director for curriculum at Malcolm X College where she partnered with faculty to develop and implement 5 new healthcare education programs as a part of a health professions training grant partnership between several community colleges around the United States and the Department of Labor.

Dr. Jegier is currently the co-chair of the Breastfeeding Committee for the Maternal Child Health Section and the chair for the Breastfeeding Forum for the American Public Health Association. She is also a member of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation.

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