Matthew Lucas
Professor of Physical Education and Health Education

Phone (434) 395-2538
Department HARK Department
Office Willet 108

Dr. Matthew D. Lucas serves as a Professor in the Department of Health, Recreation, and Kinesiology.

Dr. Lucas holds an Ed.D. in Adapted Physical Education from the University of Virginia. He has worked for over 28 years in the field including ten at the elementary school level and over eighteen at Longwood University. He has created and runs three free sports/recreation programs for children with disabilities in the Farmville, VA area. The programs were started in 2009, 2011, and 2015. D​r. Lucas also serves on the editorial boards of five journals including the international adapted physical education journal, Palaestra. The journals also include three international special education journals and one state health, physical education, and recreation journal.

Dr. Lucas has published/co-published about 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts in international, national, and state journals. These journals include adapted physical education, special education, and physical education/recreation journals. He has also conducted 40 presentations at the international, national, state, and local levels. In addition, Dr. Lucas has published an e-monograph/e-course with a major publisher on the inclusion of individualized education programs in physical education as well as an anthology in a children's book about children with disabilities.​