Director: Sami Yli-Piipari
Dr Sami Yli-Piipari
Lab: FH 158
Office: FH 210
Phone: (901) 678-1794
Director: Sami Yli-Piipari, Ph.D. Lab Staff:Cole Fish (Graduate Research Assistant).Affiliated Faculty: Carol Irwin, Ph.D., Todd Layne, Ph.D., & Timothy Hnat, Ph.D.International Collaborators: Jarmo Liukkonen, Ph.D. (Professor, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland), Timo Jaakkola
(Senior Lecturer, Clinical Psychologist, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland), Tuija
Tammelin, Ph.D. (Director of the Research, Foundation for Sport and Health Sciences,
Finland), Vassilis Barkoukis, Ph.D. (Senior Lecturer, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,
Greece), & Nikos Chatzisarantis, Ph.D. (Professor, Curtin University, Australia).
Research Focus: Physical Activity and Exercise Psychology Laboratory (PAEP) has a broad focus revolving
around motivation and health behaviors (specifically physical activity) across K-12
and exercise settings. Currently, research efforts are supported by several external
funding mechanisms. Specifically, the PAEP operates in 4 content areas.
1) Study (employing a social cognitive perspective) on how social, physiological,
behavioral, and psychological factors influence and are influenced by physical activity
across the lifespan. Currently, PAEP is implementing a randomized controlled intervention
to increase in-school and out-of-school physical activity by helping physical education
teachers to be more autonomy-supportive. In addition, PAEP collaborates with the UofM
School of Public Health in a 3-year research project to increase school day physical
2) Study on assessment of free-living physical activity in special populations. Research
comprises validation of the new Kinematics Motion Capture System and designing its
3) Study on the role of school policies in children’s and adolescents’ health and
academic achievement. Current research efforts include i.e.: (1) an examination of
school policies in middle school students’ physical activity and fitness and (2) a
cross-cultural comparison between the U.S. and Finnish elementary students’ objectively
measured physical activity during school day:
Current Research Projects
- *Project Diabetes. Timeline. 2013-2016, PI. Ward, K., Co-I. Yli-Piipari, S., Martindale,
T., Stockton, M., & Ullman, G. Funded by Tennessee Department of Health.
- *An Autonomy-Supportive Intervention on Physical Education Motivation and Physical
Activity Timeline: 2013-2014, PI: Yli-Piipari, S., Co-I: Layne, T. & Irwin, C. Funded
- *Grizzlies Family Fitness Challenge Timeline 2012-2014. PI: Chambliss, H., Co-I: Layne,
T., Yli-Piipari, S., & Irwin, C. Funded by Memphis Grizzlies.
- *Validation of a New Physical Activity Monitor: The Kinematics Motion Capture System.
Timeline 2012-2014, PI: Hnat, T. & Yli-Piipari, S.
- *Elementary Students’ Objectively Measured Physical Activity During School Day: A
Cross-Cultural Comparison Between the U.S. and Finland. Timeline: 2013-2014, PI: Yli-Piipari,
S., Co-I: Jaakkola, T., & Tammelin T.
- *Examining the Role of Schools in the Urban Elementary School Students’ Physical Activity
and Fitness Timeline: 2012-2013, PI: Yli-Piipari, S., Co-I: Layne, T. & Irwin, C.
- *The Development of Students’ Physical Education Motivation and Physical Activity:
A Longitudinal Study Timeline: 2007-2014, PI: Yli-Piipari, S. & Liukkonen, J., Co-I:
Grasten, A, (Ph.D. student), & Jaakkola, T. Funded by Finnish Ministry of Education
- *The Role of Motivation Climate in Physical Education Students’ Behavior, Cognition,
and Affect Timeline: 2009-2011, PI: Yli-Piipari, S., Co-I: Barkoukis, V., Jaakkola,
T., & Liukkonen, J.