Christopher J. Stanfill
2011-2012 Luce Scholar
Placement: World Education Laos Vientiane, Laos
C.J. Stanfill is passionate about prosthetics and pediatric rehabilitation. He was raised in Arizona, but moved to Texas in 2003 when he was recruited to join the men's NCAA golf team at the University of North Texas. While at North Texas, C.J. worked in association with Scottish Rite Children's Hospital in Dallas to teach children with disabilities how to play golf. It was there that his passion for helping children with disabilities, especially those who rely on prosthetics, began. He graduated cum laude in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. C.J. entered the Master's program in Movement Science at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and joined its doctoral program in 2009. His research focused on the differences in sensory integration during balance between typically developing children and those with autism. He has also been involved in research focused on adaptive running methods for children. He currently serves as a mentor and tutor in the University Athletic Department, where he works to ensure that students have the skills and resources to achieve academic success. He is also the voting assembly member for the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education on the Graduate Student Assembly and the student representative on the Graduate Student Dean Advisory Committee, where he advocates for graduate students on a number of issues. In 2009, C.J. interned at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, where he furthered his research with children. C.J. will continue his research on prosthetics and the rehabilitation process for children who rely on these devices. He has a passion for golf, world travel, friends and family.