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Darla M. Castelli, Ph.D. is a professor of physical education pedagogy and health behavior health education in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin. She is an active fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology, who examines the effects of physical activity and metabolic risk factors on cognitive health. Castelli strives to understand how physical activity can reverse the effects of health risk. She has been working with school-age youth in physical activity settings for more than 25 years, leading several physical activity interventions (e.g., Kinetic Kidz, FITKids1,FITKids2, Active + Healthy = Forever Fit, Fitness4Everyone). Castelli has received teaching awards in both the public school (i.e. Maine Physical Education Teacher of the Year) and higher education (i.e., University of Illinois Teaching Excellence Award, University of Texas at Austin, Kinesiology and Health Education Graduate Teaching Award). Recently she was named 2020 Catherine D. Ennis Scholar Award from AERA and the 2020 SHAPE America Scholar. Award. As a fellow in the SHAPE America RC and past Young Scholar award recipient from NAKPEHE and AEISEP, her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Dietetic Foundation, and U.S. Department of Education. She has presented her work at U.S. Congress and Senate Briefings in Washington, DC in support of the FIT Kids Act. Castelli has been a member of two Institute of Medicine committees on Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes in Youth and Physical Activity and Physical Education in the School Environment. She received a B.S. from Plymouth State University, a M.S. from Northern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Castelli currently directs the department's Kinetic Kidz Lab, found at https://sites.edb.utexas.edu/kk2.
Studies the relationship between physical activity and cognitive performance in children, adolescents, and emerging adults.
The purpose of this study is to examine age-related declines in executive function and these contribute to impaired motor performance and increase the risks of harmful physical consequences (e.g., collision, loss of balance), using an advance virtual reality environment.
Castelli, D.M., Barczyk, A., Bearman, S., Champagne, F., Kinney, K., Lawson, K., Mackert, M., Rodriguez, L., Maslowsky, J., Nagy, Z., Schnyer, D. (Co-PIs). UT VPR 01/2018-2028. ENgaged Texas Research ALliance (CENTRAL). A ten year initiative with an estimated total budget of 10M
An educational platform to promote physical activity participation and standards-based education.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and General Mills Foundation. Presidential Youth Fitness Program Evaluation Proposal. Castelli, D.M. (PI), Cance, J. (Co-PI), & Bartholomew, J. (Co-I). $688,000 (funded April 2012-2015).
National Association for Sport & Physical Education. Carson, R. L. (PI), Beighle, A (Co-PI), & Castelli, D.M. (Co-PI). $30,000. (funded January 2012).
NIH R01, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Hillman, C. (PI), Cohen, N. (Co-I), & Castelli, D.M. (Co-I). $1,949,589 (funded January 2012).
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Carson, R. L. (PI), Beighle, A (Co-PI), & Castelli, D.M. (Co-PI). Building the Next Generation of Active Youth through Directors of Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs, $150,000 (funded January 2012).
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of vitamin D and protein consumption on physical and cognitive performance among high school athletes.
My primary research interest lies in exploring the relationship between physical activity and cognitive function, especially among populations (e.g. violent offenders and drug abusers) with cognitive deficits and decreased brain functioning (e.g. poor inhibition and error monitoring) by using cognitive neuroscience methods including ERPs and fNIRS. I am also interested in the negative influences of exercise addiction on emotion, inhibition, and error adjustment as well as their neuronal processing. My third research interest is analyzing...
Research interests coalesce around the determinants of proactive and preventive health behaviors and associated trajectories. He is primarily focused on the socioeconomic and cultural factors promoting poor health maintenance and the use of technology to positively impact overall health and improve health outcomes in adolescents and young adults.
|2023||Spring||KIN 395: 21-Children's Exercise & Activ|
|2023||Spring||HED 395: Chldrn's Exercise/Phys Activ|
|2023||Spring||HED 373: Evaluation And Research Design|
|2022||Fall||KIN 395: 71-Cogn/Exerc Across Lifespan|
|2022||Fall||KIN 334: Chldrn's Exercise & Phys Activ|
|2022||Fall||HED 395: Cogn/Exerc Across Lifespan|
|2022||Summer||HED f398T: Teaching In Higher Education|
|2022||Spring||KIN 395: 21-Children's Exercise & Activ|
|2022||Spring||KIN 334: Chldrn's Exercise & Phys Activ|
|2022||Spring||HED 395: Chldrn's Exercise/Phys Activ|
|2022||Spring||HED 373: Evaluation And Research Design|
|2021||Fall||KIN 334: Chldrn's Exercise & Phys Activ|
|2021||Spring||HED 196: Doctoral Seminar|
|2021||Spring||HED 373: Evaluation And Research Design|
|2021||Spring||KIN 334: Chldrn's Exercise & Phys Activ|
|2020||Fall||KIN 395: 71-Cogn/Exerc Across Lifespan|
|2020||Fall||KIN 334: Chldrn's Exercise & Phys Activ|
|2020||Fall||HED 395: Cogn/Exerc Across Lifespan|
|2020||Spring||KIN 395: 21-Children's Exercise & Activ|
|2020||Spring||KIN 334: Chldrn's Exercise & Phys Activ|
|2020||Spring||HED 373: Evaluation And Research Design|
|2019||Fall||KIN 395: 71-Cogn/Exerc Across Lifespan|
|2019||Fall||KIN 352K: Sport Pedagogy|
|2019||Fall||EDC 350: Sport Pedagogy|
|2019||Spring||KIN 314: Children's Movement|
|2019||Spring||EDC 196: 9-Phys Education Teacher Educ|
|2018||Fall||EDC 345: Curric Iss In Physical Educatn|
|2018||Fall||KIN 395: 71-Cogn/Exerc Across Lifespan|
|2018||Spring||KIN 352K: Sport Pedagogy|
|2018||Spring||KIN 314: Children's Movement|
|2018||Spring||HED 196: Doctoral Seminar|
|2018||Spring||EDC 196: 9-Phys Education Teacher Educ|
|2018||Spring||EDC 390T: 10-Anly Of Teaching In Phys Ed|
|2018||Spring||EDC 370S: 12-Teaching Sec Physical Educ|
|2018||Spring||EDC 350: Sport Pedagogy|
|2017||Fall||KIN 395: 71-Cogn/Exerc Across Lifespan|
|2017||Fall||KIN 352K: Sport Pedagogy|
|2017||Fall||EDC 350: Sport Pedagogy|
|2017||Summer||HED f398T: Teaching In Higher Education|
|2017||Summer||KIN f314: Children's Movement|
|2017||Spring||KIN 352K: Sport Pedagogy|
|2017||Spring||EDC 196: 9-Phys Education Teacher Educ|
|2016||Fall||KIN 395: 71-Cogn/Exerc Across Lifespan|
|2016||Fall||KIN 352K: Sport Pedagogy|
|2016||Fall||KIN 314: Children's Movement|
|2016||Fall||EDC 196: 9-Phys Education Teacher Educ|
|2016||Summer||HED s398T: Teaching In Higher Education|
|2015||Fall||KIN 395: 71-Cogn/Exerc Across Lifespan|
|2015||Fall||HED 398T: Teaching In Higher Education|
|2015||Fall||EDC 385G: Rsch On Teacher Ed In Phys Ed|
|2015||Spring||EDC 385G: 99-Curriculum In Physical Educ|
|2014||Fall||EDC 185G: Phys Educ Teacher Educ Forum|
|2014||Fall||KIN 395: 71-Cogn/Exerc Across Lifespan|
|2014||Summer||HED f398T: Tchng/Sprvsn In Kin & Hlth Ed|
|2014||Spring||KIN 395: 71-Cogn/Exerc Across Lifespan|
UT Game Changers: Kids and Physical Activity
Drs. Darla Castelli and John Bartholomew discuss their research and the implications for providing physical activity in schools.
Kinetic Kidz Video
An example of research conducted in the Kinetic Kidz Lab at The University of Texas at Austin.
Whole Communities Whole Health
In Texas, many children live in poverty, suffer from chronic illness, or endure abuse and neglect. Despite years of targeted intervention, these issues persist. Changing the way science helps society thrive is our grand challenge.