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Sami Yli-Piipari

Asst Professor

Health Sport Sciences

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Sami Yli-Piipari

Assistant Professor, Department of Health & Sport Sciences


Office Location: 214 Fieldhouse

Office Hours: Wednesday 11-12

Dr Yli-Piipari earned his Bachelor, Master, and PhD from the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland in Sport Pedagogy with supportive training of exercise psychology. After working in the junior faculty position at the University of Jyvaskyla, Dr Yli-Piipari spent two years in the Pedagogical Kinesiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro, first, as a Fulbright scholar and, second, as a postdoctoral scholar and project manager in the large-scale NIH-funded randomized field study to design, test, and disseminate a health science-based middle school physical education curriculum (PI - Dr Catherine D. Ennis). He is currently an Assistant Professor of the Department of Health and Sport Sciences at The University of Memphis, where he directs the Physical Activity and Exercise Psychology Laboratory.

Dr Yli-Piipari's academic interests lie in the study of determinants and consequences of physical activity behavior across K-12 and exercise settings. Specifically, Dr Yli-Piipari employs a social cognitive perspective to examine how social, physiological, behavioral, and psychological factors influence and are influenced by physical activity across the lifespan. One of the goals of his research is to apply motivation theories in developing innovative physical education curricula and school-based interventions to enhance children's and adolescents' learning, knowledge of physical activity, and to change their behavior for healthful living.



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