The College of Education consistently ranks among the top in the nation. This is largely due to the effort our students and faculty put into research. In fact, in 2016 The College of Education was ranked second in research expenditures among public colleges by the U.S. News and World Report.

The Department of Kinesiology and Health Education mirrors this success.  It is ranked #2 by the National Academy of Kinesiology and has consistently averaged research expenditures above $4 million/year.  This success is due to the work of several research labs and facilities aimed at promoting and understanding physical activity, health promotion, movement, behavior, physical culture and sport. Research in our department is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and many foundation and corporate funders. This page highlights some of the many research accomplishments of the Department.

Dr. Jonathan Dingwell standing on a walking simulator

A Step in the Right Direction

Dr. Johnathan Dingwell is researching interventions utilizing virtual reality simulations that can be implemented to improve balance and walking control in elderly populations. Falls account for 95% of hip fractures, and are a concern in the health community.

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Keep it Moving

'The New York Times' profiles Professor Edward Coyle's research on the benefits movement can have for the deskbound. His study suggests that single vigorous workouts without regular physical activity do little to combat the harms of prolonged sitting.

Labs and Research Areas

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Adaptation to Stress and Health Resilience Lab

Focus areas include diabetes self-management interventions, the role of positive emotions in reducing depressive symptoms, and the relationship between chronic psychosocial stress and metabolic health.

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Adolescent Health and Development Lab

Conducts studies and develops corresponding interventions on the development of adolescent health and health behaviors, such as sleep, substance use, risk behavior, and sexual behavior.

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Biodynamics Laboratory

Determining the biomechanics and motor control mechanisms humans use to regulate complex movements like walking and reaching.

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Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory

Investigates the influence of aging and lifestyle modifications on vascular function and disease risks.

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Developmental Motor & Cognition Lab

Focuses on age-related changes in motor competence across the life span by studying developmental changes in the performance of physical activity.

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Developmental Risk and Resilience Laboratory

Focuses on the prevention of problem behaviors and tobacco use among adolescents and young adults.

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Exercise & Sport Psychology Laboratory

Develops interventions to increase physical activity and health eating, and seeks to understand the benefits of exercise for mental health.

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Fitness Institute of Texas

Provides clinical research services to aid in the design of health/fitness related research. Functional outcome measures include body composition, bone density, and options to assess cardio-respiratory and musculoskeletal health.

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Health Innovation & Evaluation Team

Examines health education in a public setting and develops innovative ways to plan, implement and evaluate health strategies.

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Human Performance Laboratory

Explores the physiological factors that regulate exercise performance by examining factors that influence levels of stress and fatigue in athletes.

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Kinetic Kidz

Examines the correlation between metabolic risk factors and cognitive health in children and young adults to determine how those factors may affect future health.

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Life-Span Development and Health Laboratory

Studies psychosocial factors in health behavior and health and well-being in adulthood and aging.

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Motor Coordination Laboratory

Assesses kinematic, dynamic, and electromyographical data to determine neurophysiological and biomechanical factors in motor skill performance.

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Neuromuscular Physiology Research Laboratory

Conducts studies specializing in neuromuscular control patterns during aging and clinical conditions such as spinal cord injury.

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Physical Culture and Sport Studies at the Stark Center

The world’s most extensive collection of materials, books, journals, and artifacts covering topics of sport training, history, philosophy, art and sociology.

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Prevention Research Lab

Examines the relationship between the influence the media has on at risk youth and how risk behaviors may co-occur in adolescents and young adults.

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Sport + Development Lab

An innovative network of research groups and practitioners working to advance the development of sport systems and sport’s impact on individuals and communities.

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Tobacco Research and Evaluation Team

Conducts research on youth and young adult tobacco use, and develops effective tobacco prevention programs and intervention tools that are easily accessible for various populations.