Weiyun Chen

About

Dr. Chen’s research focuses on developing innovative and effective physical activity intervention strategies for promoting physically active habits to enhance physical and psychological health and wellness and to improve cognitive abilities in youth and adults. She has conducted extensive studies on how innovative PE curriculum and quality teaching practices help students become physically fit, and active, skillfully competent, and intrinsically motivated children.

As a PI, she has successfully implemented two different 3-year U.S. Department of Education Carol White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant projects, entitled, “Reach the Bar Together,” and “Smart Kids and Health Kids”. The two different funded projects examined how comprehensive school-based physical activity programs enhanced elementary school students’ motor skill competency, physical fitness, physical activity participation, motivation for participation in physical activity, knowledge of healthy eating, and healthy eating behaviors.

Dr. Chen has delivered over 100 presentations at international and national conferences. She has first authored one book, two book chapters, 45 peer-reviewed research manuscripts and co-authored three peer-reviewed research articles. She was president for AERA SIG and AAHPERD NASPE C & I Academy. She also chaired AERA SIG Senior Scholar Lecture Committee, AAHPERD Research Writing Award Committee, and AAHPERD Pedagogy Panel Review Committee. Currently, she is associate editor of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport and Journal of Teaching in Physical Education. She is the 2016 Eastern China Scholar awarded by Shanghai City.

Areas of interest

Innovative and technology-enhanced physical activity interventions; determinants of developing physically active habits; impact of physical activities on physical and psychosocial health and brain cognitions.

Contact

Weiyun
Chen
OBL 3145
1402 Washington Hts.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2013
(734) 615-0376
(734) 647-2808

Classes

Course Course Title Credits Term Instructor
HF 240 Introduction to Fitness & Health 3 Fall, Winter Chen
Course Name RO: Intro to Fit&Health
Course Level: Undergraduate
Description
This class provides fundamental theories, applications and personal experiences necessary for a comprehensive understanding of relationships between fitness, physical activity, and health and well-being through-out the lifespan.
Prerequisites:
Component: LEC
HF 251 Technology in Health and Fitness 3 Winter Chen
Course Name RO: Tech Health Fitness
Course Level: Undergraduate
Description
This course engages undergraduate students in the use of technologies specifically applied to health and fitness. Technology skills developed throughout this course will be immediately usable for assignments in other courses, research internships, fieldwork, student teaching and ongoing professional development.
Prerequisites:
Component: LEC
HF 313 Special Topics 1-4 As Arranged Chen
Course Name RO: Special Topics
Course Level: Undergraduate
Description
New courses in development can be introduced provisionally into the curriculum under this number. The current course description, if applicable, is available from the program chair.
Prerequisites:
Component: LEC