Dr. Harold W. Kohl, III - (Chair)
Univ. of Texas Health Science Center
Harold W. (Bill) Kohl, III, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., is professor in the School of Public Health and Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, and professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas-Austin. Dr. Kohl is founder and director of the University of Texas Physical Activity Epidemiology Program, where he is responsible for student training, research, and community service related to physical activity and public health. Previously, Dr. Kohl directed physical activity epidemiology and surveillance projects in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His research focuses on epidemiology related to physical inactivity, physical activity and health in children and adults. Dr. Kohl also studies the effect of the built environment on physical activity and is currently researching a planned development that implements “smart growth” techniques designed to support physically active lifestyles. He was a member of the IOM Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention and currently serves on the Committee on Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes in Youth. He received an M.S.P.H. in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of South Carolina School of Public Health and a Ph.D. in community health studies from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston School of Public Health.
Dr. Darla Castelli
University of Texas at Austin
Darla M. Castelli, Ph.D. is associate professor of physical education pedagogy in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin. She has been working with school-age youth in physical activity settings for more than 20 years, leading several physical activity interventions (e.g., FIT Kids, Active + Active Healthy = Forever Fit, Fitness4Everyone). Dr. Castelli has received teaching awards in both the public school, Maine Physical Education Teacher of the Year, and higher education, University of Illinois Teaching Excellence Award. As a fellow in the AAHPERD Research Consortium 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 presented her work at U.S. Congress and Senate Briefings in Washington, DC in support of the FIT Kids Act. Dr. Castelli is currently a member of the IOM Committee on Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes in Youth. She received a B.S. from Plymouth State University, an M.S. from Northern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in physical education pedagogy from the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Ang Chen
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Ang Chen, Ph.D. is professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is an experienced researcher in children and adolescent motivation for physical activity, learning on physical education, physical activity and physical skill assessment, and program evaluation. Dr. Chen's studies examine relationships among curriculum, learner motivation, and physical activity outcomes such as caloric expenditure in physical education. Specifically, he uses motivation theories to develop innovative physical education curriculum that encourages behavior change and enhances child and adolescent knowledge about physical activity. His recent research has focused on cognition- and motivation- based intervention on physical activity behavior change in children and adolescents. Dr. Chen has been a principal investigator in several federally funded, large-scale, multi-year physical education intervention studies with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. He has published approximately 50 research articles and delivered more than 80 research presentations at national and international conferences. He received a M.Ed. from Shanghai Institute of Physical Education (currently Shanghai University of Sport) of China and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Dr. Amy A. Eyler
Amy A. Eyler, Ph.D. is research associate professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at the University of Washington in St. Louis. She is the principal investigator and coordinator of the Physical Activity Policy Research Network, which integrates the work of research sites across the U.S. studying the nature and extent of physical activity policy in a variety of settings. She also leads a project on the evaluation of state policies influencing childhood obesity. Dr. Eyler also conducts research as part of the Prevention Research Center (PRC) in St. Louis. She is responsible for evaluation activities for core PRC projects and serves as collaborative investigator on a cancer prevention and dissemination grant as she continues to procure external research funding. Dr. Eyler is a former recipient of the Health Education and Behavior Article of the Year Award. She received a B.S. in community health and an M.S. in health promotion and disease prevention from Ohio University, and a Ph.D. in public health from Oregon State University.
Dr. Scott Going
University of Arizona
Scott Going, Ph.D. is Interim Department Head and Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Director of the Body Composition Research Laboratory in the Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Arizona. His expertise is in body composition assessment methods, physical activity assessment, exercise training and physical activity interventions, and promotion of health-related behaviors. He has also contributed to numerous multi-site school- and community-based physical activity interventions for children and youth. His research focuses on the effects of exercise and diet on bone, soft tissue composition and physical function in children and adults. Dr. Going received a B.S. in physical education from the University of Maine at Orono, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Jayne D. Greenberg
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Jayne D. Greenberg, Ed.D. is the district director of physical education and health literacy for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Dr. Greenberg is responsible for overseeing staff in physical education, health education, safety education, JROTC, driver education, adapted physical education, sports programs for students with disabilities, and the learn to swim program. Specifically, she develops and implements curriculum, instructional materials, outside programming, grant writing, and professional development, and she also designs facilities and equipment specifications for construction projects. Dr. Greenberg is also a current member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Previously she served as special advisor on youth fitness to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports; president of the Florida Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, and Sport; and chair of the Sport Development Committee for the United States Olympic Committee, USA Field Hockey. Dr. Greenberg was named as the 2005 National Physical Education Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Sport and Physical Education. She has secured over $20 million in federal and foundation grants for educational programs, including the Carol M. White Physical Education for Progress grant. She received an M.S. in physical education and sports psychology and an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction (instructional leadership and physical education) from Florida International University in Miami, Florida.
Dr. Charles H. Hillman
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Charles H. Hillman, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Hillman’s research and professional interests focus on exercise psychology and cognitive neuroscience, examining the relation of physical activity to cognitive and brain health across the lifespan. His primary research emphasis is to better understand factors that relate to increased cognitive health and effective functioning of individuals during preadolescent development. Specifically, his research focuses on the relationship between both acute and chronic physical activity participation and cognitive function from a neuroimaging perspective. Using this approach, he has examined the relationship of cardiovascular activity on underlying processes involved in attention, memory, and processing speed. He received a Ph.D. in cognitive motor behavior from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Dr. Philip R. Nader
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Philip R. Nader, M.D. is emeritus professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Nader has been engaged in research in health behavior and the influence of families, schools, and communities on child health since the early 1970s. He has led and participated in several multi-disciplinary research teams examining both longitudinal descriptive and randomized population-based interventions for improving physical activity and nutrition. He was a visiting scholar at the Stanford University Institute for Communication Research, a Fogarty International Center fellow, and an investigator on Pacific Rim Indigenous Health. He continues his active community role in San Diego with the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, and the NICHQ/HRSA Region 9 Healthy Weight Collaborative. He wrote a book and companion curriculum in English and Spanish for parents and providers: A Legacy of Health: You Can Prevent Childhood Obesity, Practical Ideas from Pregnancy to Adolescence. Dr. Nader received his M.D. from the University of Rochester.
Dr. Kenneth E. Powell
Kenneth E. Powell, M.D., M.P.H. is the retired chief of Chronic Disease, Injury, and Environmental Epidemiology Section in the Division of Public Health at the Georgia Department of Human Resources in Atlanta. He was an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for 25 years and with the Georgia Department of Human Resources for nearly 8 years. Dr. Powell initiated the CDC’s epidemiologic work in physical activity and health by leading a consolidation of the scientific literature and setting the public health research agenda. He served on the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and is a member of the Physical Activity Work Group for the Task Force for the Guide to Community Preventive Services. He also participated in the development of the first nationwide surveillance of physical activity and the development of the physical activity-related objectives for the HHS Healthy People 2000. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Epidemiology, and American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Powell was a member of the IOM Committee on Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity and of the Transportation Research Board/IOM Committee on Physical Activity, Health, Transportation, and Land Use. He received an A.B. from Harvard College, an M.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health, and an M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School. He received postgraduate clinical training in internal medicine at the University of Colorado and the University of Utah.
Dr. Leah E. Robinson
Leah E. Robinson, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Pediatric Motor Development Laboratory and the Pediatric Health Assessment Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology at Auburn University. Dr. Robinson teaches graduate and undergraduate lifespan human motor development and skill acquisition courses. Her research focuses on three complementary areas: motor skill acquisition, physical activity participation, and cardiovascular health. Specifically, she investigates: a) the effects of various environmental and behavioral influences on gross motor development, physical activity participation, and cardiovascular health in pediatric populations and b) the effects of interventions on motor skill development and physical activity. She is principal investigator on a New Connections grant funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Active Living Research, “School reform: The role of school and physical education policy on children’s physical activity in Alabama’s Black Belt Region.” The long-term goal of her research is to implement school-, family-, and community-based programs that promote physical activity and well-being for young and school-age children. Dr. Robinson is a Holmes Scholar and has received several honors for her research and scholarship as a young investigator. She was named the recipient of The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology New Leader Award in 2011, the Mabel Lee Award and the Lolas E. Halverson Motor Development and Learning Young Investigator Award in 2010. She received a B.S. in physical education and biology from North Carolina Central University, an M.S. in sport and exercise science (exercise science and muscle physiology) and a Ph.D. in sport and exercise science (motor behavior and research methodology) from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Emma V. Sanchez-Vaznaugh
San Francisco State University
Emma V. Sanchez-Vaznaugh, Sc.D., M.P.H. is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University. She is also a former W.K. Kellogg Health Scholar at the Center on Social Disparities in Health, University California, San Francisco-Berkeley. Dr. Sanchez is interested in how society, policies, and environmental factors shape health, risk factors, and behaviors over the life course. This work devotes particular attention to the influence of places and policies (i.e., birthplace, place of residence, schools and physical education laws), socioeconomic position, and immigrant status on social disparities in health. Dr. Sanchez's research examines the impact of school nutrition and physical education policies on body weight and health behaviors among children and adolescents; how neighborhood conditions (social and physical) and their interaction with individual factors may influence health, disease and behaviors among adults; and the socioeconomic gradients in health and disease among diverse social groups defined by gender, race/ethnicity and immigrant status. She received a Sc.D. in social epidemiology from Harvard University's School of Public Health.
Dr. Sandy J. Slater
University of Illinois at Chicago
Sandy J. Slater, Ph.D. is research assistant professor of health policy and administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she is also senior research scientist at the Institute for Health Research and Policy. Dr. Slater’s research interests include community-level studies designed to examine and reduce modifiable disease risk factors such as physical inactivity, obesity, tobacco use, and substance abuse in minority and underserved populations. She is principal investigator on an NIH grant to study how the built environment and related policies influence adolescent physical activity and ultimately overweight and obesity. As part of the grant she is examining the importance of school and community physical activity settings and opportunities for physical activity on youth physical activity levels, overweight, and obesity. She is also a co-investigator on a national study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Bridging the Gap program, that aims to improve understanding of how policies, practices and other environmental factors affect youth diet and physical activity. Dr. Slater received an M.S. in public service management from DePaul University and a Ph.D. in public health sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr. Nicolas Stettler
Nicolas Stettler, M.D., M.S.C.E. is a senior managing scientist in the Health Sciences Center for Chemical Regulation and Food Safety at Exponent in Washington, DC. As a pediatrician and epidemiologist trained in nutrition, Dr. Stettler has more than two decades of experience in the scientific and clinical aspects of nutrition, in particular as they relate to child health, obesity, and associated cardiovascular risk factors. A former member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition, Dr. Stettler has experience in creating, reviewing, and commenting on the scientific aspects of professional organizations or governments policies related to child and infant nutrition. Through his medical training and teaching of clinical epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is associate professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology, he has a broad understanding of various scientific and clinical aspects of human health and disease. Dr. Stettler’s technical expertise includes child nutrition, clinical epidemiology, analyses of existing surveys and medical databases, nutrition epidemiology, measurements of energy balance, obesity treatment and prevention, pediatric clinical care, tropical medicine, child growth and development, WIC and school nutrition policies, food and menu labeling, and public health nutrition. His clinical experience includes caring for the complex medical and nutritional issues of children with various health conditions, including obesity, hypercholesterolemia, cancer, metabolic diseases, diabetes, acute critical conditions, or prematurity. He also served on the IOM Committee on Nutrient Relationships in Seafood: Selections to Balance Benefits and Risks. He received an M.S.C.E. in clinical epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.D. from Lausanne Medical School in Switzerland.
Ms. Gail Woodward-Lopez
University of California, Berkeley
Gail Woodward-Lopez, M.P.H., R.D. is associate director of the Atkins Center for Weight & Health at the University of California at Berkeley. She has over 20 years of experience developing, implementing and evaluating public health programs. The focus of her current work is the evaluation of school and community based programs to prevent childhood obesity. She has served on the evaluation team for two multi-sector, place-based obesity prevention initiatives and has lead various statewide and multi-state projects to evaluate school wellness policy implementation and school nutrition legislation. Currently, she heads up the strategy level evaluation of Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Eating Activity Living initiative in Northern California and focuses on school and community environmental measures for the national, NIH-funded Healthy Communities Study. She is bilingual, has worked extensively with the Latino community in California and Latin America, and has served as a consultant for several international agencies. In addition to publications of her research findings, she had published a book on the determinants of obesity and several comprehensive literature reviews on the effectiveness of nutrition and physical activity interventions to improve academic performance, behavior and health outcomes. She received an M.P.H. from the University of California at Berkeley.