Dr. Barry Lavay

Contact Information

Phone: (562)985-4077

Office: AS2-214

Email: blavay@csulb.edu

Web-page: www.csulb.edu/programs/apa

Employment Detail

Level: Professor

Year Hired: 1989

Position: Coordinator, Adapted Physical Education Program

Classes Taught

320 - Adapted Physical Education

387 - Physical Activity for the Disabled

388 - Program Planning and Instruction in APE

489 - Field Work in APE

427/527 - Physical and Motor Assessment

526 - Applied Behavior Anaylsis in PE

537 - PE for Special Populations

638 - Seminar in APE

Education Detail

Ph.D., Adapted PE; University of New Mexico; 1984

M.S., Physical Education; Eastern Illinois University; 1976

B.S., Physical Education; Plymouth State College; 1973

Published Works

Megginson, N., & Lavay, B. (2001). Providing disability sport opportunities in adapted physical education. Palaestra: The forum for sport, physical education and recreation.17(2), 20-26.

Rizzo, T. L., & Lavay, B., (2000). Inclusion: Why the confusion? Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. 71(4) 32-36.

Lavay, B., (1999). Focus on ability: Including children with special needs in AYSO soccer. American Youth Soccer Organization, Hawthorne, CA.


Dr. Barry Lavay is a professor the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at California State University, Long Beach where his primary responsibility is to train students to teach physical education to individuals with disabilities. Since 1988 over 125 students have received a California APE Specialist Credential. His duties in the department include: coordinating the State Adapted Physical Education Teaching Credential Program; directing the Perceptual Motor Development Clinic For Children With Special Needs, and directing two summer programs for children with asthma and disabilities. Dr. Lavay obtained his Ph.D. in special physical education from the University of New Mexico in 1984.

Dr. Lavay's publication and research interests are in the areas of behavior management and physical fitness testing and programming for individuals with mental retardation. He has authored or co-authored over 10 textbooks, textbook chapters, and manuals and over 35 juried articles in 11 different physical education and special education journals. He is the co-author of two textbooks, Positive Behavior Management Strategies for Physical Educators and Physical Activity for Individuals with Mental Retardation: Infancy through Adulthood. He has given over 75 scholarly presentations on the international, national, regional & state level and also provided over 20 inservice training seminar/workshops on the state, and local level. He has served on the Editorial Board for Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly from 1993 to 1997 and is currently a guest reviewer.

Since 1973, Dr. Lavay has been an active member with the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (AAHPERD). He was on the writing task force that authored, Physical BEST and Individuals with Disabilities: A Handbook for Inclusion in Fitness Programs. Since 1983, he has been actively involved with the National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities. From 1992 to 1997 he served on the Steering Committee for the Adapted Physical Education National Standards Project. He is currently on the CAHPERD State Council on APE (SCAPE) where he serves as Chair. Since 1988 he has directed after school and summer physical activity programs for children with disabilities and special needs on the CSU, Long Beach campus. He has served as a consultant for the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) and developed instructional materials (i.e., manual, workshop materials) to help coaches meet the unique challenges children with special needs and disabilities present when included into Soccer. This information is now part of all AYSO soccer training materials provided to all coaches. He has eight years of physical education public school teaching experience in adapted and general physical education. Experiences include; teaching as an itinerant special physical education teacher, teaching physical education in a special day school to children with mental retardation, and working as an elementary school physical education teacher.