Director: Sami Yli-Piipari
Dr Sami Yli-Piipari
Lab: FH 158
Office: FH 214
Phone: (901) 6781794
Director: Sami Yli-Piipari, Ph.D. Lab Staf: Joshua Campbel (Graduate Research Assistant) Affiliated Faculty: Carol Irwin, Ph.D., Dr Todd Layne, Ph.D. International Collaborators: Jarmo Liukkonen, Ph.D. (Professor, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland), Timo Jaakkola
(Senior Lecturer, Clinical Psychologist, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland), Vassilis
Barkoukis, Ph.D. (Senior Lecturer, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece).
Research Focus: Physical Activity and Exercise Psychology Laboratory (PAEP) has its focus on the
study of determinants and consequences of physical activity behavior across K-12 and
exercise settings. Specifically, the PAEP employs a social cognitive perspective to
examine how social, physiological, behavioral, and psychological factors influence
and are influenced by physical activity across the lifespan. Laboratory has generated
a Physically Active School Initiative program to increase school students’ physical
activity to facilitate children’s and adolescents’ health, well-being, and school
Current Research Projects
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. Abstract:The research study is to examine the role of school policies along with physical
and psychological environment in the children’s and adolescents’ physical activity
and fitness. School health policies of 50 middle and elementary schools, perceptions
of 300 school teachers, and BMI and one mile run test scores of 2,000 students will
be examined. The findings of the study will advance our understanding regarding the
role of school environment in children’s and adolescents’ physical activity and fitness.
As a result of this project, more physically active school environment can be created
and more successful interventions to increase children fitness and health can be designed.
The Development of Students’ Physical Education Motivation and Physical Activity:
A Longitudinal Study Timeline: 2007-2013 PI: Yli-Piipari, S. & Liukkonen, J., Co-I: Grasten, A, (GA),
& Jaakkola, T. Abstract: The purpose of this study is to investigate the change in Finnish adolescents’ physical
education motivation and habitual physical activity from last grade of elementary
school across middle, high, and volitional schools.
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. Abstract: The aim of this 2-year longitudinal study is to examine the relationships between
students’ perception of motivational climate, in-class and out-of-class physical activity
behavior, enjoyment, and anxiety in physical education.