Research

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 2018, the College of Education was ranked third 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.

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Features

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E-cigarettes and Youth Discovery Minute

Join Professor Alexandra Loukas as she discusses the alarming jump in e-cigarette use within the past year among high school and middle school-age students.

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The Power of Prediction

The Health & Integrative Physiology Lab identifies biomarkers that predict those at increased risk for these diseases or progressing to serious complications.

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How to Choose a Sport for your Son or Daughter

Matt Bowers offers advice about how parents can navigate choosing the right sport for their son or daughter.

Labs and Research Areas

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.

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.

Autonomic Control of Circulation Laboratory

Investigates the effects of type 1 and type 2 diabetes on the neural control of circulation during exercise.

Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory

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

Clinical Exercise Physiology Laboratory

Examines the cardiovascular limitations to exercise capacity in healthy individuals and clinical populations.

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.

Developmental Risk and Resilience Laboratory

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

Exercise & Sport Psychology Laboratory

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

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.

Gender Health Equity Lab

Examines the relationship between sexual risk behaviors, substance abuse, violence, and structural factors among those who experience health disparities.

Health and Integrative Physiology Laboratory

Investigates the mechanisms underlying the link between lifestyle behaviors, metabolic health, and chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in at-risk populations.

Health Innovation & Evaluation Team

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

Human Performance Laboratory

Investigating the types of physical activity and exercise that keep people healthy and allow them to achieve their physical potential.

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.

Life-Span Development and Health Laboratory

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

Migration and Health Lab

Focuses on better understanding how migration-related factors influence vulnerability to substance abuse and related harms among Latino communities in the US and Mexico.

Motor Coordination Laboratory

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

Neuromuscular Physiology Research Laboratory

Conducts studies specializing in the investigation of neuromuscular control patterns in healthy, clinical and aging populations with the use of intramuscular fine-wire recording and electrical stimulation.

Neurorehabilitation and Biomechanics Lab

Seeks to understand the mechanisms of biomechanical and neuromuscular control of normal and pathological movements and to apply this knowledge to design interventions that improve functional movements.

Physical ActivityLaboratory

Supports investigators conducting research related to physical activity and exercise interventions.

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, sport history, sport philosophy, sport management, physical culture and alternative medicine.

Prevention Research Lab

Examines how the marketing of unhealthy products impacts youth and young adults’ behaviors. Explores how risk behaviors may co-occur among adolescents and young adults.

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.

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.