Weiyun Chen

Weiyun Chen

About

Dr. Weiyun Chen is associate professor of Applied Exercise Science and director of the Physical Activity and Health Laboratory at the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology. Prior to her time at U-M, Dr. Chen was assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Temple University. She earned her PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

Dr. Chen’s research focuses on developing and examining technology-enhanced physical activity (PA) interventions to promote health, cognition, and psychological well-being in school-aged children, young adults, and older adults. As PI on 20 funded research projects and Co-I on three funded projects, she examines (a) effects of school-based physical activity interventions targeting implementation of innovative physical education curriculums and quality teaching practices, active recess programs, and family/community engagement on improving students’ motor skill competency, physical fitness, physical activity behaviors, and determinants of PA behaviors; (b) effects of different types of physical activities on improving mental health and psychological well-being among college students; and (c) effects of technology-enhanced “Active Mind and Body” intervention on promoting functional fitness, executive functions, and psychological well-being in community-dwelling older adults.

Dr. Chen has delivered over 120 presentations at international and national conferences and conducted 30 workshops for training physical education teachers. She has authored one book, two book chapters, and published 57 peer-reviewed research articles. Dr. Chen served a three-year term as chair of AERA SIG and AAHPERD NASPE C & I Academy, and also chaired the AERA SIG Scholar Lecture Committee, AAHPERD Research Writing Award Committee, and AAHPERD Pedagogy Panel Review Committee. Dr. Chen served as associate editor for the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, and is currently associate editor for Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (since 2013) and academic editor for Medicine (since 2018).

Dr. Chen is a Fellow in SHAPE America, as well as a member of the U-M Momentum Center for Driving Discovery to End Child Obesity and the U-M Center for Human Growth and Development.

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
AES 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
AES 251 Technology in Applied Exercise Science 3 Winter Chen
Course Name RO: Tech AES
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
AES 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