Areas of special academic interest are: motor learning, physical activity for older adults and those with chronic diseases or disabilities, behavioral medicine, fitness assessment, writing, and research design. In Kansas City, she was part of a research team investigating environmental determinants of obesity and completed dissertation research about the relationship between functional fitness, lifelong physical activity, and health in community-dwelling older adults. While at Castleton, research work with students has been focused on family influence on physical activity among children, and monitoring effectiveness of a Community Adult Physical Activity Program she facilitates for Exercise Science, Health Science, and Physical Education majors.
She has coached a Girls on the Run team of 8-10-year-olds at the Fair Haven Grade School since 2007, and involves Castleton students as volunteers with that program. Its goals are to reinforce healthy behaviors among young girls and help them prepare for a 5-K event at the end of their 10-week Spring session. Away from school, she and her husband are volunteer ski instructors at Sugarbush with Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, and in the summer and fall, enjoy biking and kayaking.
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City
M.S., University of Kansas Medical Center
B.A., Grinnell College