Research & Labs

The Department of Human Movement Studies & Special Education is affiliated with laboratories that facilitates faculty, undergraduate and graduate students in expanding and extending research in the field.

Motor Behavior Lab

Exercise Equipment

The Motor Behavior Laboratory is a multi-purpose room that is used for assessment and training research as well as a resource area to complement undergraduate and graduate health and physical education courses when teaching specific motor behavior topics.

Location: Student Recreation Center Room 2004

Oral Preschool Program


The Oral Preschool Program is a Norfolk Public Schools program provided in partnership with Old Dominion University. It offers a unique educational setting and services for young children with hearing loss. Within a small, specialized class, children with hearing loss are taught to communicate successfully using spoken language.

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Park, Recreation & Tourism Studies Lab

The mission of the Park, Recreation, and Tourism Studies Lab is to facilitate regional, national, and international research and community engagement opportunities through applied research, experiential learning, and evidence-based programming. The PRTS Lab is located in the Student Recreation Center, Room 1009, and is the base camp for research in tourism, park and protected area management, youth development, recreational therapy, and outdoor recreation and education.

The lab is also outfitted with adaptive and outdoor recreation equipment, as well as group development resources, to allow faculty and students to engage with the community through a wide variety of projects in the Hampton Roads region. Undergraduate students and graduate assistants use the lab to develop knowledge and skills in field-based research, recreational therapy, group leadership, positive youth development and wilderness medicine.