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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Lewis is co-author of article on fall prevention and physical activity resources for older adults

Tuesday, February 6, 2018: Beth Lewis, Ph.D., professor and director of the School of Kinesiology,  is a co-author with U of M colleagues from the School of Nursing, the School of Public Health, and the Department of Psychology, an article in The Gerontologist. “Older Adults’ Utilization of Community Resources Targeting Fall Prevention and Physical Activity”  discusses the effects of older adults knowing about and using […]

Lewis blogposts on exercise principles in CEHD Vision2020

Wednesday, January 24, 2018: Beth Lewis, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, was interviewed for a recent Minneapolis Star Tribune article on the popular aerobic dance workout Zumba.

Lewis publishes article on sleep pattern changes and postpartum depressive symptoms

Tuesday, January 16, 2018: Beth Lewis, Ph.D., director and professor in the School of Kinesiology, has published the article “The effect of sleep pattern changes on postpartum depressive symptoms“ in BMC Women’s Health, a peer-reviewed, open access journal with a focus on the physical, mental, and emotional health of women. The study finds an increased risk for depressive symptoms later in the […]

Kinesiology’s Morgan Betker nominated for Midwest Association of Graduate Schools Excellence in Teaching Award

Tuesday, January 9, 2018: Morgan Betker, Ph.D. student in the School of Kinesiology, was nominated by the U of M Graduate School for the prestigious Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching Award. As the only doctoral student nominated, Betker will represent the U of M at MAGS’ 2018 regional competition. The award will be presented at […]

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