Physical Acitvity & Health Research

Physical Activity & Health is a discipline with the goal of promoting health and preventing chronic diseases through physical activity promotion in various populations. This research area has strong interdisciplinary ties across campus, including medicine, nursing, public health, epidemiology, physiology, nutrition, social work, and psychology.

Affiliated labs
Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL)

Thomas Stoffregen, lab director

Link: z.umn.edu/apal



Behavioral Physical Activity Laboratory (BPAL)

Daheia Barr-Anderson, lab director

Link: z.umn.edu/bpal



Exercise & Mental Health Laboratory (EMHL)

Beth Lewis, lab director

Link: emh.umn.edu



Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science (LPHES)

Li Li Ji, lab director

Link: z.umn.edu/lphes



Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory (PAEL)

Zan Gao, lab director

Link: pael.umn.edu



Affiliated faculty
Daheia Barr-Anderson, PhD

Childhood and adolescent obesity, physical activity epidemiology

612-301-1309
barra027@umn.edu


Zan Gao, PhD

Physical activity epidemiology, physical activity and health, emerging technology applications, physical activity measurement

612-626-4639
gaoz@umn.edu


Li Li Ji, PhD

Biochemical and molecular exercise physiology, nutrition and aging

612-624-9809
llji@umn.edu


Beth Lewis, PhD

Physical activity promotion, behavioral interventions for physical activity, exercise and mental health

612-625-0756
blewis@umn.edu


Thomas Stoffregen, PhD

Perception and action, human factors, control of posture and orientation, ecological psychology, embodied cognition, coordination dynamics, affordances, motion sickness

612-626-1056
tas@umn.edu