To go from the days of disco and Carter in the White House to today, and still love doing your job, it takes a unique person.
Carl Gabbard is that person.
He's a man who wears many hats. He's a professor of motor neuroscience and director of the Motor Development Laboratory here at Texas A&M. He's also a Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education.
Dr. Gabbard has served as president of National Association for Sport and Physical Education and served as a chair of the Motor Development section for the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. Furthermore, his scholarly activities have been recognized by both of these organizations and the State of Texas.
His research is vast, looking at such things as how children plan motor actions. That is, how they mentally represent movements before executing them. But his works and research aren't just limited to the Texas or the United States. He is a member of the Medical Science Faculty at the State University of Campinas in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Together with counterparts in from the Methodist University of Piracicaba Physical Therapy Program, they have formed the TAMU/Brazil Collaborative. Research is conducted dealing with infant motor development and environmental influence.
"One of our projects examines low birth weight infants with the intent to determine the functional relationship between postural control and manipulative behavior, while another examines the home and the affordances it provides that many (or may not) influence motor development." An assessment instrument that was developed by one of his graduate students has been translated and used in six countries.
In his free time, you may see Dr. Gabbard running around campus or at the Student Rec Center. He’s an avid runner and rock climber. He and a group of climbers make trips around the state monthly have climbed as far away as Nevada, California, and Mexico.
Looking Forward To The Future
For a professor who was in the department when the first computer was purchased, the job still brings challenges. “Technology over the years I’ve been here has changed how in-depth we can look at a problem.”
And even after recently marking his 30th year at
"I love this work. I see myself still looking forward."