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Physical Activity and Exercise Psychology Laboratory

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 activity.

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 mHealth applications.

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 by AAHPERD.
  • *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 and Culture.
  • *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.
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