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.

Eloise Elliott, Ph.D.

Dr. Elliott is the Ware Distinguished Professor in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at West Virginia University and an adjunct clinical professor in the WVU School of Medicine. Her role includes leading service initiatives to improve the health and well-being of the citizens of WV. Those initiatives include the first WV Physical Activity Plan, the first WV Physical Activity Symposium, Active Academics, a web-based teacher resource to include physical activity in the PreK-5 classroom, and a web-based instructional module for middle school and high school students, Take Charge! Be Healthy! to enhance the health curriculum. Her primary research focus is on the development, implementation, and evaluation of interventional strategies to change children's behaviors related to physical activity, and on comprehensive school physical activity strategies.

Adam Gazzaley, Ph.D.

Dr. Gazzaley is a Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at the UC San Francisco, the founding director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center, and director of the Gazzaley Lab, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory. His laboratory studies neural mechanisms of perception, attention and memory, with an emphasis on the impact of distraction and multitasking on these abilities. His unique research approach utilizes a powerful combination of human neurophysiological tools, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG) and transcranial magnetic and electrical stimulation (TMS & TES). A major accomplishment of his research has been to expand our understanding of alterations in the aging brain that lead to cognitive decline. National Awards and honors for his research include the Pfizer/AFAR Innovations in Aging Award, the Ellison Foundation New Scholar Award in Aging, and the Harold Brenner Pepinsky Early Career Award in Neurobehavioral Science.

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.

Abby C. King, PhD

Dr. King is a Professor of Health Research & Policy and the Stanford Prevention Research Center in the Department of Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. King's research focuses on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of public health interventions to reduce chronic disease risk and enhance health. Her current research focuses on expanding the reach and generalizability of evidence-based interventions through use of state-of-the-art communication technologies; community-based participatory research perspectives to address health disparities among disadvantaged populations; and policy-level approaches to health promotion.

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.

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.

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 serves as the PCFSN Science Board Chair for 2015. She is currently 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.

Gail Woodward-Lopez, MPH, RD

Dr. Woodward-Lopez is Associate Director of the Atkins Center for Weight & Health at the University of California, Berkeley. The focus of her current work is the evaluation of school and community based programs to prevent childhood obesity. She has served on the evaluation team for two multi-sector, place-based obesity prevention initiatives and the national Healthy Community Study and has lead various statewide and multi-state projects to evaluate school wellness policy implementation and school nutrition legislation. She is bilingual, has worked extensively with the Latino community in California and Latin America, and has served as a consultant for several international agencies. She recently served on the IOM Committee on Physical Activity and Physical Education in the School Environment. In addition to publications of her research findings, she published a book on the determinants of obesity and several comprehensive literature reviews on the effectiveness of nutrition and physical activity interventions to improve academic performance, behavior and health outcomes. 

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