Exercise & Mental Health Laboratory (EMHL)

The Exercise and Mental Health Lab includes studies examining the effect of physical activity on mental health. Studies have included randomized trials examining theory-based behavioral strategies to increase exercise among individuals at risk for mental health issues. Most recent studies have examined the effect of telephone-based physical activity interventions on preventing perinatal depression among women who are at high risk for depression.


 
Professor Beth Lewis talks about her research (November 2016)

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Tucker Center benefactor, Dr. Dorothy McNeill Tucker, passes away

Wednesday, August 16, 2017: We have recently learned of the passing of Dr. Dorothy McNeill Tucker, our founder and benefactor. The Tucker Center was established in 1993 due to her incredible and ongoing support and generosity. Dr. Tucker graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1945, majoring in Recreation Leadership. She went on to earn a doctorate in Counseling … Continue reading Tucker Center benefactor, Dr. Dorothy McNeill Tucker, passes away


Lewis is co-investigator on NIH/National Institute of Nursing grant

Thursday, June 29, 2017: Beth Lewis, Ph.D., School of Kinesiology director and professor, is a co-investigator on an NIH/National Institute of Nursing grant (R01 NR016705-01), “Community-based intervention effects of older adults’ physical activity and falls.” The purpose of this study is to identify behavioral change strategies that lead to increased physical activity and in turn lead to a reduction in falls and improved … Continue reading Lewis is co-investigator on NIH/National Institute of Nursing grant


Lewis’s research cited in Reuters feature on benefits of exercise on postpartum depression

Monday, June 19, 2017: Beth Lewis, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology with a research focus on behavioral aspects of physical activity, was recently cited in a story published by Reuters.  The Health News feature, titled “Exercise may stave off postpartum depression,” discussed an article recently published by researchers from Spain and Chile. Their findings align with Lewis’s research outcome … Continue reading Lewis’s research cited in Reuters feature on benefits of exercise on postpartum depression


Lewis promoted to full professor

Monday, May 22, 2017: The Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota has approved the promotion of the School of Kinesiology‘s director designate Beth Lewis, Ph.D., to the rank of full professor. A ceremony was held at the MacNamara Alumni Center to honor Dr. Lewis and others who were promoted. Dr. Lewis’ research focuses on examining the efficacy … Continue reading Lewis promoted to full professor


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