Dr. Jowers earned her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from the College of William & Mary in Virginia with a double major in Psychology and Kinesiology. Dr. Jowers is an alumna of The University of Texas at Austin, earning both her Masters (M.A.) and Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Exercise Science, with a Specialization in Physical Development and Aging.
Dr. Jowers serves as the Director of the Exercise & Sport Psychology Laboratory. She oversees the undergraduate and graduate research assistants, as well as the undergraduate internship program for Exercise and Sports Psychology. Dr. Jowers also teaches undergraduate courses in Sports Psychology and Psychological Aspects of Exercise, Motor Learning & Control, Motor Development, Introduction to Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, and Human Sexuality. Dr. Jowers is fully bilingual (English/Spanish). With regard to research development, Dr. Jowers directs two major research projects, including the Texas Initiatives for Childrens Activity & Nutrition (I-CAN!) project and the Program Management and Tracking System (PMATS) for the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section within the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
Dr. Jowers additionally serves as the Associate Director of Operations for the Texas Center for Equity Promotion (TexCEP) within the College of Education.
B.S. in Kinesiology, College of William & Mary, Virginia
M.A. in Kinesiology and Health Education, Exercise Science, The University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. in Kinesiology & Health Education, Exercise Science, Specialization in Physical Development & Aging, The University of Texas at Austin
Member, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, Department of Kinesiology & Health Education(2020 - Present)
Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Department of Kinesiology & Health Education(2020 - 2021)
Member, Steering Committee, Texas Center for Equity Promotion (TexCEP)(2020 - Present)
Member, Executive Committee, Texas Center for Equity Promotion (TexCEP)(2020 - Present)
Bartholomew, J., Errisuriz, V. & Jowers, E. (2018). Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents. Handbook of Sport Psychology (4thed.). Hoboken: Wiley.
Bartholomew, J., Jowers, E., Roberts, G., Fall, A., Errisuriz, V. & Vaughn, S. (2018). Active Learning Increases Childrens Physical Activity Across Demographic Subgroups. Translation Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, 3, 1–9.
Bartholomew, J., Jowers, E., Errisuriz, V., Vaughn, S. & Roberts, G. (2017). A cluster randomized control trial to assess the impact of active learning on child activity, attention control, and academic outcomes: The Texas I-CAN trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 61, 81–86.
Grieco, L., Jowers, E., Errisuriz, V. & Bartholomew, J. (2016). Physically Active vs. Sedentary Academic Lessons: A Dose Response Study for Elementary Student Time on Task. Preventive Medicine, 89, 98–103.
Korinek, E., Bartholomew, J., Jowers, E. & Latimer, L. (2013). Fruit and vegetable exposure in children is linked to the selection of a wider variety of healthy foods at school. Maternal and Child Nutrition.
Bartholomew, J. & Jowers, E. (2010). Strategies to modify school-based foods to lower obesity and disease risk. Modern Dietary Fat Intakes in Disease Promotion, Nutrition and Health: Springer Science Business Media. LLC.
Jowers, E., Bartholomew, J. & Callen, K. (2009). The Effects of Gender and Ethnicity on Absolute vs. Relative Ratings and Preferences for Low-Fat Elementary School Lunch Entrées. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 5(4), 368–378.
Bartholomew, J., Loukas, A., Jowers, E. & Allua, S. (2006). Validation of the Self-Efficacy and Beliefs Scale for Physical Activity: Testing Measurement Invariance Between Hispanic and White Children. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 3, 70–78.
Bartholomew, J. & Jowers, E. (2006). Increasing frequency of lower-fat entrees at school lunch: An environmental change strategy to increase healthy selections. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 106(2), 248–252.
Bartholomew, J. & Jowers, E. (n.d.). The effects of physically active academic lessons on activity, attention control, and spelling performance. Preventive Medicine, 52, S51–S54.
Thi, C., Horton, K., Loyo, J., Jowers, E., Rodgers, L., Smiley, A., Leversen, E. & Hoelscher, D. (n.d.). Farm to Work: Development of a modified community-supported agriculture model at worksites, 2007-2012. Preventing Chronic Disease. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd12.150022.
Texas Initiatives for Children's Activity and Nutrition (Texas I-CAN!)
An obesity prevention project that aims to increase both physical activity and healthy eating in elementary school children. This project is has previously been funded through the National Institutes of Health/ Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for Child Development. The goal is to train elementary school teachers to incorporate physical activity into their academic lessons daily and to evaluate the corresponding physical activity changes and academic impact in the participating children.
Program Management and Tracking System (PMATS)
Funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)/Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section. Several programs are included within this project. One program within the section is the Texas Diabetes Program/Council (TDP/C). This project provides the TDP/C with diabetes prevention and technical assistance/expertise to state-funded community diabetes prevention projects. Additionally, Dr. Jowers manages the online reporting system, termed the Program Management and Tracking System (PMATS), for the Texas Department of State and Health Services. This system tracks critical chronic disease prevention and control health-related and behavior-related outcomes across several programs. For the TDP/C, for example, it tracks clinical outcomes across various field programs offered (physical activity, nutrition, diabetes self management) to determine the impact of the programs on diabetes prevention and control across the state of Texas.
Undergraduate Teaching Award, Department of Kinesiology & Health Education (2020)
Appreciation Letter and Commemorative Clock, The University of Texas at Austin, Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
Certificate of Appreciation, Pflugerville Independent School District
Saint Joan of Arc Medal for Service to Soldiers and their Families, United States Army