Focused on the biological, developmental, social and behavioral bases of physical activity, human performance, sport and recreation, Kinesiology is #UMNDRIVEN to enhance the quality of human life.

Research feature

For years, dual x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans have been the gold standard for measuring bone density and determining body composition. Now, thanks to the creative talents of Kinesiology professor Don Dengel and his former Ph.D. advisee, Dr. Tyler Bosch, DXA scans can be viewed in a whole new way—to help athletes improve their health and performance through training and nutrition, and to help athletic organizations choose players with the assets the team needs.

Alumni spotlight

Azizah Jor’dan graduated in 2012 with a Ph.D. in Kinesiology and headed to Harvard for a postdoctoral fellowship. Today she is a research scientist in the New England Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center in the VA Boston Healthcare System and an instructor in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Our areas of study

School Leadership

Li Li Ji, PhD
Director & Professor, School of Kinesiology
Director, Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene
and Exercise Science
Bob Janoski
Administrative Director, School of Kinesiology

Program Contacts

Brandi Hoffman
Director, Physical Activity Program & CEHD Academic, Professional, and Personal Success Program
Katie Koopmeiners
Undergraduate Academic Adviser (REC, SMGT, Coaching)
Nicole LaVoi, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Sport & Exercise Psychology & Sport Sociology
Director, Coaching Program
Beth Lewis, PhD
Professor, Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity
Director, Undergraduate Studies
Colin Rogness
Undergraduate Academic Adviser (KIN)
Chelsey Thul, PhD
Honors Faculty Representative
Michael Wade, PhD
Professor, Motor Learning/Motor Development
Interim Director, Graduate Studies
Nina Wang, MS
Graduate Program Coordinator & M.Ed. Advisor