Emerson Sebastião, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Exercise Science

Department

Kinesiology and Physical Education

Research Interests

  • Physical activity, exercise and health.
  • Physical activity and exercise in older adults.
  • Physical activity and exercise in persons with multiple sclerosis.

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Kinesiology
  • M.Sc. Sao Paulo State University (Brazil), Human Movement Sciences
  • B.Ed. Sao Paulo State University (Brazil), Physical Education

Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Exercise Neuroscience Research Laboratory, Rehabilitation Sciences

Courses Taught

  • KNPE 445 - Measurement and Evaluation in Exercise Science
  • KNPE 461 - Physical Activity and Wellness
  • KNPE 564 - Exercise is Medicine

Recent Scholarly Activities

Peer-Review Articles

  • Sebastião E., Mangino M., Kim H.K., Siqueira V.A.A.A.,. Camic C.L. High intensity interval training among middle age and older adults: a review of protocols and Science and Sports. 2021 (in press)
  • Sebastião E., Steffens M., Nakamura P.M., Papini C.B. Perceptions on activity behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic “second wave” among US adults: results from a short survey. Sport Science for Health. 2021 (in press)
  • Santinelli F.B., Sebastião E., Kuroda M.H., Moreno V.C., Pilon J., Vieira H.P., Barbieri F.A. Cortical activity and gait parameter characteristics in people with multiple sclerosis during unobstructed gait and obstacle avoidance. Gait and Posture. 2021; 86:226-232
  • Sebastião E., Mirda D. Group-based Physical Activity as a Means to Reduce Social Isolation and Loneliness among Older Adults. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research. 2021; 33:2003-2006
  • Sebastião E. Activity behavior and cognitive performance in older adults living in a senior housing facility: the impact of frailty status. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research. 2020; 32(4):703-709
  • Sebastião E., Pak J., Fuerniss K., Siqueira V.A.A.A., Benner Jr D., Gurjão L.D. Lower Extremity Functional Strength and Walking Speed in Older Adults Living in a Senior Housing Facility. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. 2020; 36: 116-121, 2020.
  • Sebastião, E., Pilutti, L.A., Motl, R.W. Aerobic Fitness and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis: A Cross-sectional Study. International Journal of MS Care; 2019; 21(1):23-28.
  • Sebastião, E., Pak, J., Benner Jr., D., Nakamura P.M., Papini, C.B. Magnitude and composition of sedentary behavior in older adults living in a retirement community. Journal of Community Health. 2019 (in press).
  • Christofoletti, A.E.M., Sebastião, E., Ueno, D.T., Bonolo, A., Deutsch, S., Nakamura, P.M. Effects of acute physical exercise and television watching on mood states of older women. Motriz. 2019 (in press).
  • Sebastião, E., McAuley, E., Adamson, B.C., Bollaert, R.E., Shigematsu, R., Motl, R.W. Home-based, square-stepping exercise program among older adults with multiple sclerosis: results of a feasibility randomized controlled study. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2018; 73:136-144.
  • Sebastião, E.; Motl, R.W. Body mass index and cardiorespiratory fitness in persons with multiple sclerosis. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica. 2018; 138(4):315-319.
  • Sebastião, E.; Bobitt, J.; Papini, C.B.; Nakamura, P.M.; Kokubun, E.; Sebastião, G. Sedentary behavior is associated with low leisure-time physical activity and high body fatness in older Brazilian adults. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine; 2018.
  • Edwards, T., Pilutti, L.A., Sebastião, E., Motl, R.W. Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of Functional Electrical Stimulation Cycling Exercise in People with Multiple Sclerosis with Mobility Disability. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. 2018; 26:103-111.

Funded Projects

  • Northern Illinois University - College of Education - Dean’s Research Grant
    Term of award: 7 Months; period 12/2017 thru 06/2018
    Grant #: Internal grant
    Amount: $2,400
    Project: SCOPE - sedentary behavior, cognition and physical function in older adults living in a retirement community
    Role: E. Sebastião (PI)
  • Northern Illinois University - DRIP- Research and Artistry Grant
    Term of award: 1 year; period 05/2018 thru 06/2019
    Grant #: Internal grant   
    Amount: $13,750
    Project: KITAMS: Kinesio tape and physical funcion in persons with multiple sclerosis
    Role: S. Zhang (PI), E. Sebastião (Co-PI)
  • Consortium for Multiple Sclerosis Centers - CMSC
    Term of award: 1 year; period 10-10-2016 thru 9-10-2017
    Grant #:  C2557/CMSC 084666
    Amount: $39,884
    Project: Feasibility and efficacy of the square-stepping exercise in older adults with multiple sclerosis: The SSE-MS Project.
    Role: E. Sebastião (PI) with Robert Motl and Edward McAuley (Co-Is).
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society - NMSS
    Term of award: 1 year; period 08-1-2016 thru 7-30-2017
    Grant #: G-1609-25965
    Amount: $100,462
    Project: Behavioral intervention for physical activity in multiple sclerosis
    Role: E. Sebastião (site-PI)
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society - NMSS
    Term of award: 1 year; period 10-1-2015 thru 9-30-2016
    Grant #: PR-1411-02096
    Amount: $43,230
    Project: Functional electrical stimulation cycling in severe multiple sclerosis
    Role: E. Sebastião (site-PI)