The IMPACT for Life Faculty Scholar

Kathryn and Doug Collins first became acquainted with the IMPACT program in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences when their son, Jeff, was 10 years old. During the 10 years he participated in the program, he gained so much from the one-on-one physical activity program and socialization opportunities that, as a young adult, he came back as a volunteer, helping kids with developmental disabilities develop skills for school, play, and home in a joyful, non-therapeutic environment.

To help provide opportunities for many other youth and help OSU students have life-changing learning experiences through IMPACT, the Collins family made a gift commitment in 2012 that created the first endowed faculty position for the program.

 

Joonkoo Yun

Joonkoo YunJoonkoo (J.K.) Yun became the inaugural IMPACT for Life Faculty Scholar in 2013. The co-director of OSU's IMPACT program and an associate professor in the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, he came to Oregon State in 1999 following a year on the faculty of the University of Rhode Island.

Yun's research focuses on improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and maximizing their health benefits through measurement issues in adapted physical activity. In 2012 he received the G. Lawrence Rarick Research Award from the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities. Its recipients have a distinguished record of research in physical education/recreation for individuals with disabilities and also direct student research in these areas.

"I believe that without appropriate measurement, our decisions in educational settings, as well as research findings, can be questionable," Yun said. "My second line of research focuses on underlying mechanisms of behavior changes. I am interested in how individuals acquire new movement skills and the impact of an individual’s movement skills on physical activity, health related physical fitness, and balance."

Yun earned his doctorate in human performance from Indiana University after receiving his master's from University of Wisconsin-La Cross. He earned his bachelor's degree at Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea.

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