Our Science Board

The Science Board was formed in 2003 to ensure that the messages and programs of the Council are scientifically sound. The Board includes scholars who have made significant contributions to the research and science of physical activity, health, sports, and nutrition.

Diane L. Gill, Ph.D.

Dr. Gill is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and the Linda Arnold Carlisle Distinguished Excellence Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research emphasizes social psychology and physical activity, with a focus on physical activity and psychological well-being. Current research efforts focus on physical activity and quality of life within the context of community-based programs. Her scholarly publications include the text, Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Exercise, several book chapters, and over 100 journal articles.

Daniel Gould, Ph.D.

Dr. Gould is the Director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports and Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the Michigan State University. Dan is a sought after speaker, coaching educator and applied sport psychology consultant, and is widely published on topics such as mental preparation, the psychology of excellence, coaching psychology, motivation, children in sport, stress, and the development of life skills in young athletes. Dan has published over 200 articles in the field of sport psychology, co-written three books including the most widely used textbook in the field, and has been invited to speak in over 30 countries. Dan has also served as the Co-Chair of the Science & Technology Committee of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), was a member of the USOC Coaching and Development Committee for 10 years, and currently serves on the United States Tennis Association Sport Science Committee.

Daniel L. Hurley, M.D.

Dr. Hurley is a Consultant in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, and Nutrition at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. Dr. Hurley’s clinical interests include obesity and bariatric surgery, hospital-based nutrition, and metabolic bone disease. He is a member of the nutrition and bone core groups at Mayo, and serves as a mentor for residents and fellows in nutrition, metabolic and bone disorders.

Peter T. Katzmarzyk, Ph.D., FACSM, FAHA

Dr. Katzmarzyk is currently a professor and the Associate Executive Director for Population Science at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He also holds the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority Endowed Chair in Nutrition. His main research interest is the epidemiology and public health impact of obesity and physical inactivity, and determining the relationships between physical activity, physical fitness, obesity and related disorders such as metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, particularly in children and youth. Dr. Katzmarzyk is currently an editorial board member for the International Journal of Obesity, International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, and Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders.

Dr. Harold W. (Bill) Kohl, III - 2014 PCFSN Science Board Chair

Dr. Kohl is Professor of Epidemiology and Kinesiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston School of Public Health, Austin Regional Campus and the University of Texas, Austin. Prior to this appointment, he served as Lead Epidemiologist and Team Leader in the Physical Activity and Health Branch of the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. He has worked since 1984 in the area of physical activity and health, including conducting research, developing and evaluating intervention programs for adults and children, and developing and advising on policy issues. He is the founding president of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health. He is currently Co-Editor of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

Penny M. Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., RD, FAHA

Dr. Kris-Etherton is the Distinguished Professor of Nutrition in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Kris-Etherton has served on many national committees that have established dietary guidelines and recommendations. She served on the 2nd Adult Treatment Panel of the National Cholesterol Education Program, the Dietary Reference Intakes for Macronutrients Committee of the National Academies, the HHS/USDA Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee 2005, and the Nutrition Committee of the American Heart Association that published diet and lifestyle recommendations for the prevention and treatment of CVD in 2006. She is a Fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA) and The National Lipid Association.

Michael W. Metzler, Ph.D.

Dr. Metzler is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Georgia State University, and a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology. His areas of research and scholarship include teacher education program assessment and PK-12 physical education programs. He is currently the principal investigator on a CDC/GSU grant to study the implementation of a “whole of school” approach to increase children’s physical activity and improve other health-enhancing knowledge and behaviors. Dr. Metzler has published over 60 refereed research and topical articles in journals like The Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, The Journal of Teacher Education, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Teaching and Teacher Education, and Quest. He has made more than 40 invited presentations and keynotes at national and international conferences, and has served as an education consultant in six countries.

Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D., FACSM

Dr. Nelson is Professor of Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and founder and Director of the John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention at Tufts University. Dr. Nelson's research interests include women's health and obesity prevention. She founded the StrongWomen Initiative, a community based nutrition and exercise program for midlife and older women. She served on the advisory committees for the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (committee vice chair) and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Patricia Patterson, Ph.D.

Dr. Patterson is a professor of Kinesiology at San Diego State University. Her primary focus is on measurement of fitness and physical activity. She has several peer-reviewed publications and presentations on measurement and assessment issues among children and in specific sport contexts. She has served as a reviewer for several publications including, currently, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport and Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science. Dr. Patterson is a Fellow of the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance National Council for Measurement and Evaluation.

Karin Pfeiffer, Ph.D., FACSM

Dr. Pfeiffer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and faculty in the Center for Physical Activity and Health at Michigan State University. She has been studying physical activity and health-related fitness in children and youth for the past 16 years. She has experience working with age groups ranging from preschool through college. Her main areas of expertise are in measurement of physical activity and interventions to increase physical activity. Dr. Pfeiffer was recently elected to the Board of Trustees for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and she currently serves on the Leadership Board for the National Youth Sports Health and Safety Institute.

James H. Rimmer, Ph.D.

Dr. Rimmer is a professor in the School of Health Professions, and the first Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). For over 30 years he has been developing and directing health promotion programs for people with disabilities aimed at reducing obesity, increasing physical activity, and improving nutrition in youths, adults and seniors with disabilities. Since 1997, he has provided leadership in the development of interdisciplinary research programs in disability, physical activity, and health promotion at the University of Illinois at Chicago and now at UAB. Dr. Rimmer directs two federally funded centers: the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, funded by CDC since 1999, and the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Exercise Technologies and Exercise Physiology for People with Disabilities. (Rec Tech is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research since 2002.)

Nancy Rodriguez, Ph.D., RD, CSSD, FACSM

Dr. Rodriguez is a professor of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources with joint appointments in Departments of Kinesiology and Allied Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut. She directs the Sports Nutrition program at the University and for the Department of Sports Medicine in the Division of Athletics. Dr. Rodriguez has an active research program that focuses on relationships between exercise, protein intake, and protein utilization in populations across the lifecycle. Formerly an Associate Editor for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, she serves on Editorial Boards for ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, the Journal of Nutrition, and the International Journal of Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. A registered dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics, Dr. Rodriguez has been a practicing dietitian for over 30 years.

Sharon L. Shields, Ph.D.

Dr. Shields is Associate Dean for Professional Development and Professor in Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Her career has focused on teaching, clinical research, and practice in the areas of exercise physiology, health promotion and disease prevention, community health, and university/community service-learning and civic engagement initiatives. She was co-founder and Program Director of the Kim Dayani Human Performance Center at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Her most recent scholarly work focused on community development and action research projects and initiatives related to physical activity, nutrition, health promotion, and disease risk reduction, in both rural and urban settings.

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