Our Team

Our team is comprised of faculty with expertise in the areas of physical education pedagogy, physical activity leadership, coaching education, and social psychology of sport and physical activity.


Brian Dauenhauer, Ph.D. 


Dr. Dauenhauer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Northern Colorado and is the Coordinator of the MAT-PEPAL program. He taught physical education for six years at the elementary school level prior to entering higher education and has hands-on experience implementing a whole-of-school approach to physical activity and health promotion. Building upon his experiences in the field, Dr. Dauenhauer’s research interests include school-based obesity prevention and effective data-use in physical education. When he is not working, he likes to spend time with his family outdoors, fishing, gardening, and of course, playing golf.

Russell Carson,        Ph.D.    


Dr. Carson is the research and evaluation director of the MATPE-PAL program. He is also a Professor in Sport and Exercise Science with a concentration in comprehensive school physical activity program (CSPAP) research and practice. His recent funded research focuses on maximizing the sustainability and impact of prolonged CSPAP professional development. He co-chaired the national task force that developed the initial CSPAP professional development program (referred to now as the Physical Activity Leader learning system accompanying First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Active Schools initiative), and continues to conduct CSPAP trainings for physical educators and university faculty, deliver invited CSPAP presentations, chair CSPAP research symposia, and consult on youth physical activity assessment and evaluation.

Megan Babkes Stellino, Ed.D.


Dr. Babkes Stellino is a Professor of Social Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity in the School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Northern Colorado and a Fellow in the Research Consortium for the Society for Health and Physical Educators. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Motivation, Psychology, Sociology, Motor Behavior and Developmental Aspects of Kinesiology. Her research has historically focused on social influences on children’s motivation, emotion and self-perceptions in youth sport and more recently has shifted to examination of the psychosocial and environmental predictors of children’s discretionary, and school-based, physical activity. Dr. Stellino is a former Division I NCAA gymnast and four-year letter winner at the University of Washington as well as an experienced group fitness instructor. She currently ‘champions’ school-based physical activity opportunities in her community and tries to keep up with her busy, athletic, and always on the go two sons and husband in their family camping, skiing, and travel adventures!


Scott Douglas, Ph.D., CAPE


Dr. Douglas is a former world-class athlete in multiple sports (wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis), Scott was a three-time Paralympian (1992, 1996, 2000), and earned a bronze medal in wheelchair tennis at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia. As Director of Athletics at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site in Birmingham, Alabama, Scott was recognized for his significant accomplishments and leadership in Paralympic sport by being appointed the Assistant Chef de Mission (delegation head) at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. Scott earned a B.S. in Economics from the University of Utah, a M.Ed. from the University of Montevallo, and a Ph.D. in Human Performance/Sport Pedagogy from The University of Alabama. Scott is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys handcycling, hiking, kayaking, photography, and watching sports of any kind, at any level. His research interests are in the areas of coaching expertise, coaching education and adapted physical activity and sport.


Jennifer Krause, Ph.D.      


Dr. Krause is an Assistant Professor of Sport Pedagogy in the School of Sport and Exercise Science. She teaches courses in the areas of assessment, technology integration, and instructional design and delivery. Her research has focused on the preparation of pre-service teachers' technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge (TPACK) for physical education. Dr. Krause was a middle school health and physical education teacher and coach in Virginia prior to working in teacher education. In her spare time, she enjoys fitness activities, sprint triathlons, hiking, and spending quality time with her family.

Jaimie McMullen, Ph.D.


Dr. McMullen is an Assistant Professor of Sport Pedagogy in the School of Sport and Exercise Science.  She teaches courses in the areas of instructional design, health-related fitness, secondary physical education methods, and policy, advocacy, and leadership.  Her research focuses on whole-of-school physical activity promotion and she is particularly interested in participant voice within this topic. Dr. McMullen is currently collaborating with international researchers from Ireland, the UK, Finland, Australia, Norway and Turkey. She taught High School Physical Education in Grundy Center, IA prior to completing her PhD at Arizona State University. She has also taught in physical education teacher education programs at Minot State University (North Dakota) and the University of Limerick (Ireland). In her spare time, she enjoys being active, spending time with family and friends and traveling to all corners of the world!   

Michael Capps


Michael Capps is the Project Manager for The Colorado Health Foundation Grant based out of the School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Northern Colorado. His past research has focused on utilizing exercise to attenuate the negative effects of chronic diseases including obesity, type-2 diabetes, and cancer. Michael has recently shifted his research focus to understanding the impact of physical activity on the prevention of chronic diseases and its effects on overall health. Michael earned his B.S. in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University and is currently completing his Masters in Exercise Physiology at the University of Northern Colorado. During his free time, Michael enjoys playing tennis, jogging, and being excited about life and everything it has to offer!

Katie Hodgin, Ph.D.


Dr. Hodgin is a post-doctoral research associate working on a grant-funded project to promote healthy schools in the School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Northern Colorado. Her research background is in public health and health psychology, specifically physical activity/healthy eating promotion. Katie has studied the psychosocial and environmental correlates of health behaviors including stair use and food selection. She is passionate about promoting wellness in applied settings like schools and worksites. In her spare time, Katie enjoys traveling, lifting weights, and supporting Colorado sports teams!