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Dr. Megan Babkes Stellino

Dr. Megan Babkes Stellino


Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Dietetics
College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact Information

2750 Gunter Hall
Office Hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays – 12:30-2:30pm or by appointment
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
School of Sport and Exercise Science
Campus Box 39
Greeley, CO 80639


B.A. (1993) University of Washington

M.S. (1996) University of Oregon

Ed.D. (1999) University of Northern Colorado

Professional/Academic Experience

1999-2001 – Post-Doctoral Research Fellow – Department of Psychology/International Center for Talent Development – University of California, Los Angeles

2001- present – Professor – University of Northern Colorado

Other Experience

2005-2009 - Adjuct Professor – University of Denver

2004 – Adjunct Professor – Colorado State University

1993-1994 – Director of Child Care (WeeWACs) – Washington Athletic Club – Seattle, WA

Research/Areas of Interest

Motivation and social psychological correlates (emotion, self-perceptions) of youth sport and physical activity involvement, parent/family influences on, and experiences in, youth sport and physical activity, psychosocial and environmental aspects of school-based physical activity promotion.

Publications/Creative Works

Dinger, M.K., Brittain, D.R., Patten, L., Hall, K.C., Burton, S., Hydock, D.S., & Stellino, M.B. (2020). Gender identity and health-related outcomes in a national sample of college students. American Journal of Health Education, 51(6), 383-394. https://doi.org/10.1080/19325037.2020.1822242

Massey, W. V., Stellino, M. B., & Geldhof, J. (2020). An observational study of recess quality and physical activity in urban primary schools. BMC Public Health. 20:792. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-08849-5

Nicholls, B. N., Smith, M. A., &  Babkes Stellino, M. (2020). Factors influencing college selection by NCAA Division III men's basketball players. Journal of Amateur Sport, 6(1), 32-51. https://doi.org/10.17161/jas.v6i1.8297

Massey, W. V., Stellino, M. B., Hayden, L., & Thalken, J. (2020). Examination of the responsiveness of the Great Recess Framework—Observational Tool. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(1):225. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17010225

Koon, L. M., Brustad, R. J., & Babkes Stellino, M. (2019) Social engagement and task complexity: Physical activity characteristics and executive function among older adults. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine, 4(4): 18.doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1904064  

Davies, M. J., Babkes Stellino, M., & Gray, D.P. (2019). Basic psychological needs satisfaction and self-determined motivation among Canadian golf league members. Leisure/Loisir, 42(4), 1-28. https://doi.org/10.1080/14927713.2019.1581992

Babkes Stellino, M., Vazou, S., Koon, L. M., Hodgin, K. (2019). Social psychological and motivational theoretical frameworks for CSPAP implementation.In R. L. Carson, & C. A. Webster (Eds.), Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: Evidence-Based Research and Practice(pp. 67-86). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Dauenhauer, B., Babkes Stellino, M., & Webster, C. A., & Steinfurth, C. (2019). Before and after school physical activity program effectiveness.In R. L. Carson, & C. A. Webster (Eds.), Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: Evidence-Based Research and Practice(pp. 111-126).  Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Massey, M.V., Ku, B. & Stellino, M.B. (2018). Observations of playground play during elementary school recess. BMC Research Notes, 11(1), 755- https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-018-3861-0

Massey, W.V., Stellino, M.B., & Fraser, M. (2018). Individual and environmental correlates of school-based recess engagement. Preventive Medicine Reports, 11, 247-253. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2018.07.005

Massey, W.V.,Stellino, M.B., Mullen, S.P., Claassen, J. & Wilkinson, M. (2018). Development of the great recess framework – observational tool to measure contextual and behavioral components of elementary school recess. BMC Public Health, 18:394. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5295-y

Massey, W.V., Stellino, M.B., Claassen, J., Dykstra, S., & Henning, A. (2018). Evidence-based strategies for socially, emotionally, and physically beneficial school recess. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 89(5), 48-52.https://doi.org/10.1080/07303084.2018.1440266

Massey, W.V., Stellino, M.B., Wilkison, M., & Whitley, M.A. (2018). The impact of a recess-based leadership program on urban elementary school students. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 30, 45-63. doi: 10.1080/10413200.2017.1318417

Kroshus, E, Babkes Stellino M., Chrisman S. P. D., & Rivara F.P. (2017). Threat, pressure and communication about concussion safety: Implications for parent concussion education. Health Education & Behavior, 45(2):254-261. doi.org/10.1177/1090198117715669

Massey, W.V., Stellino, M.B, Holliday, M., Godbersen, T., Rodia, R., Kucher, G., & Wilkison, M. (2017). The impact of a multi-component physical activity program in low-income elementary schools. Health and Education Journal.  doi: 10.1177/0017896917700681.

Sinclair, C., & Babkes Stellino, M. (2017). Pictorial playground-based physical activity assessment instrument: Uses and applications of the ADL-PP. JOPERD, 88(3), 16-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/07303084.2016.1270785

Dauenhauer, B., Krause, J., Douglas, S., Smith, M., & Babkes Stellino, M. (2017). A newly revised Master's degree in physical education and physical activity leadership at the University of Northern ColoradoJOPERD (Special Issue), 88(2), 14-19.

Parker, M., Morrison, J., Patton, K., Stellino, M.B., Hinchion, C., & Hall, K. (2016). ‘I Couldn’t Teach Without Technology’: A Teacher and Student Learning Journey. In Pedagogical Cases: Digital Technologies in Youth Physical Activity, Physical Education and Sport, A. Casey, V.  Goodyear, and K. Armour (eds.), London: Routledge.

Davies, M. J., Coleman, L., & Babkes Stellino, M. (2016). The relationship between basic psychological need satisfaction, behavioral regulation, and participation in CrossFit. Journal of Sport Behavior, 39(3)

Davies, M. J., Babkes Stellino, M., Nichols, B., & Coleman, L. (2016). The relationship between other-initiated motivational climate and youth hockey players’ good and poor sport behaviors. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 28(1), 78-96. https://doi.org/10.1080/10413200.2015.1071297

Babkes Stellino, M., & Sinclair, C.D. (2014). Examination of recess physical activity patterns using the activities for daily living-playground participation (ADL-PP) instrument.  Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 33(2), 282-296.

Erwin, H. E., Babkes Stellino, M., Beets, M. W., & Beighle, A. (2013).  Physical education lesson content and teacher style and elementary students’ motivation and physical activity levels.  Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 32, 321-334.

Babkes Stellino, M., & Sinclair, C.D. (2013). Psychological predictors of children’s recess physical activity motivation and behavior. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 84(2), 167-176.

Babkes Stellino, M., & Sinclair, C.D. (2013). From atheoretical to motivation theory-based youth discretionary-time physical activity promotion: Current and future directions. Revista de Iberomaericana de Psicologia del Ejercicio y el Deporte, 6(2), 283-298.

Kirkland, R., Karlin, N., Stellino, M., & Pulos, S. (2011). Basic psychological needs satisfaction, motivation, and exercise in older adults. Activities, Adaptation, & Aging, 35(3), 181-196.

Babkes Stellino, M., Sinclair, C.D., Partridge, J.A., & McClary King, K. (2010).  Differences in children’s recess physical activity: Recess activity of the week (RAW) intervention. Journal of School Health, 80(9), 436-444.

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