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Meet Our Team!

Our team is comprised of faculty, staff, and students with expertise in the areas of physical education pedagogy, physical activity leadership, coaching education, social psychology of sport and physical activity, exercise science, and community health.

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Brian Dauenhauer, Ph.D.

Brian Dauenhauer, Ph.D.

Institute Director

brian.dauenhauer@unco.edu
970-351-1202
Dr. Dauenhauer is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the MAT-PEPAL program. His research interests focus on school-based physical activity promotion and effective data-use in physical education. His personal interests include spending time with his family outdoors, fishing, gardening, and playing golf.

Read more about Brian Dauenhauer, Ph.D.

Jennifer Krause, Ph.D.

Jennifer Krause, Ph.D.

Research Faculty

jennifer.krause@unco.edu
970-351-1755
Dr. Krause is an Associate Professor of Sport Pedagogy. Her major research focuses on the technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge (TPACK) related preparation and behaviors among physical education pre-service and in-service teachers and PETE faculty.

Read more about Jennifer Krause, Ph.D.

Jaimie McMullen, Ph.D.

Jaimie McMullen, Ph.D.

Research Faculty

jaimie.mcmullen@unco.edu
970-351-1762
Dr. McMullen is an Associate Professor of Sport Pedagogy. Her research focuses on whole-of-school physical activity promotion and she is particularly interested in participant voice within this topic. Her personal interests include being active, spending time with family and friends, and traveling to all corners of the world.

Read more about Jaimie McMullen, Ph.D.

Russell Carson, Ph.D.

Russell Carson, Ph.D.

Founding Director & Institute Consultant



Dr. Carson is a dedicated community engaged scholar of whole school physical activity promotion. Dr. Carson’s energy is fueled every day by his commitment to a physically active lifestyle and the endearing love and support from his wife, two daughters and four-legged walking coach – Petee the dog.

Katie Hodgin, MPH, Ph.D.

Katie Hodgin, MPH, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

katie.hodgin@unco.edu
970-351-1491
Dr. Hodgin’s research background focuses on public health and health psychology, specifically physical activity/healthy eating promotion. Her personal interests include travelling, lifting weights, and supporting Colorado sports teams!

Michael Capps

Michael Capps

Institute Manager

michael.capps@unco.edu
970-351-1491
Michael’s current research interests focus on understanding the impact of physical activity on the prevention of chronic diseases and its effects on overall health. His personal interests include playing tennis, jogging, and being excited about life and everything it has to offer!

Melanie Reddell

Melanie Reddell

Administrative Assistant

melanie.reddell@unco.edu
970-351-1491
Melanie is originally from southern Louisiana, and now she handles our budgetary needs and social media. Her personal interests include travelling, spending time in the mountains, and reading while lounging with her two cats, Rowen and Jellybean.

Ann Kuhn

Ann Kuhn

Graduate Research Assistant

ann.kuhn@unco.edu
970-351-4242
Ann’s research interests focus on teacher wellness and physical activity, as well as comprehensive school physical activity programs (CSPAP).

Lauren Von Klinggraeff

Lauren Von Klinggraeff

Research Assistant

lauren.vonklinggraef@unco.edu
970-351-4242
Lauren is our Data Diva! Her professional focus is on mix methods evaluation of community based health promotion programs, and her personal interests include cuddling with her West Highland White Terrior.

Maria del mar Chavarria

Maria del mar Chavarria

Research Assistant

MariadelMar.Chavarri@unco.edu
970-351-4242
Maria is interested in Physical Activity & Psychological well-being, Mindful Physical Activity, Motivation in P.A, Culturally responsive education and P.A. with unique populations (e.g eating disorders, history of trauma, veterans). Her personal interests include yoga, running, time outdoors, books and coffee!!

Jill Matlock

Jill Matlock

Research Assistant

jill.matlock@unco.edu
970-351-4242
Jill’s research interests include physical activity promotion and effective community engagement practices. In her free time, she enjoys road cycling, hiking, and reading.


LAB ALUMNI

Graduate Research Assistants

Peter Stoepker
Assistant Professor
University of West Georgia

Jean Lee
Assistant Professor
University of Louisville

Research Assistants

Lily Mwandira
Research Assistant
Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center

Sara Walker
Rehabilitation Technician
Fox Ingrative Healthcare

Cathy Buschmeier
MPH Student
University of Northern Colorado

Katie Boncella
Graduate Student
University of Northern Colorado

Megan Wittenberg
Graduate Student
University of Northern Colorado

Graduate Interns

Grace Turner
Prevention Coordinator
University of Northern Colorado

Marley Vasquez
MPH Student
Colorado State University

Annie Mombourquette
Substance Use Prevention Coordinator
San Juan Basin Public Health Department

Interns

Kearstin Tingle
Undergraduate Student
Berea College

Madelyn Fairbrother
Undergraduate Student
University of Northern Colorado

Emma Anderson
Undergraduate Student
University of Northern Colorado

Holly Carter
Undergraduate Student
University of Northern Colorado