Physical Activity and Functionality

Renee Umstattd, Ph.D.

Renee Umstattd, Ph.D.

Dr. Renee Umstattd is an assistant professor of health, human performance and recreation at Baylor University's School of Education and studies health promotion through physical activity behavior.

Umstattd's research interests include the application, measurement and evaluation of how theoretical constructs promote, explain and predict physical activity behaviors; how those apply to community-based settings; and how physical activity impacts chronic disease, functionality and quality of life across the lifespan.

Most recently, Umstattd has focused on understanding the role of environmental support for physical activity in rural and worksite communities, measurement of this support and implications for behavioral change. She has published about her findings in several journals, including the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of American College Health, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors and Preventive Medicine.

Umstattd is a master certified health education specialist, on the board of directors of the American Academy of Health and Behavior and on the editorial board of the Moving Forward Electronic Newsletter for the International Society Physical Activity and Health.

After graduating from Baylor in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in health education and fitness, she received her master's degree in health promotion and wellness from the University of Mississippi in 2002. She earned her doctoral degree in health promotion, education and behavior from the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health in 2005.

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