Dr. Natalie Colabianchi is a professor and program chair of Applied Exercise Science, and director of the Environment and Policy Lab, at the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology. She also holds an appointment as a research associate professor in the Survey Research Center at U-M's Institute for Social Research. Prior to her time at U-M, Dr. Colabianchi was an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of South Carolina. She completed her PhD in Epidemiology at Case Western Reserve University.
As principal investigator, Dr. Colabianchi has received more than $10 million in grant funding from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is an author on more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Annals of Internal Medicine, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. She has been an ad hoc reviewer for nearly 20 journals, including American Journal of Epidemiology, Environment and Behavior, and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her professional affiliations include the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Colabianchi has advised more than 50 students for research, capstone, and committee activities across multiple universities. At U-M School of Kinesiology she teaches courses relating to the relationship between policy, the environment, and physical activity behavior at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Exercise & Sport Science Initiative (ESSI) and a member of the Advisory Committee for Recreational Sports.
Areas of Interest
Dr. Colabianchi’s research focuses on the role of environments and policies in facilitating physical activity behavior in children and adults. She has completed a number of federally-funded studies that have examined the influence of parks and playgrounds as well as school and neighborhood environments. She is also interested in physical activity measurement including accelerometry and direct observation.