Xiaofen Keating

Xiaofen Keating

Associate Professor, Program Coordinator for PETE

Physical Education Teacher Education


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 428N

(512) 232-3565

(512) 471-8460

Courses of Instruction
EDC 380R Educational research and design
EDC 385R Intro. to Quantitative Research

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Curriculum & Instruction
1912 Speedway Stop D5000
Austin, TX 78712
UT Mail Code: D5700

Full Vita
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Dr. Keating teaches research design courses and PETE graduate courese for the dept. of curriculum and instruction and children's movement for the dept. of Kinesiology and health education. Her research focuses are (a) measurement and assessment in physical activity settings; (b) fitness education and health-related fitness knowledge testing; and (c) healthy lifestyle promotion among university stuents.




Bachelor and Master of Education from Beijing Sports University

Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Representative Publications

1.      Keating, X.D., Castelli, D., & Ayers, S. (in press). University student strength exercise and their academic performance. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research.

2.      Castro-Piñero, J., Padilla-Moledo, C., Ortega, F.B., Moliner-Urdiales, D., Keating, X.D., Mora, J., & Ruiz., J.R. (2012). Cardiorespiratory fitness and fatness are associated with health complaints and health risk behaviors in youth. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 9, 642-649.

3.      Dauenhauer, B.D., & Keating, X.D. (2011). Physical education programs and elementary school student physical activity. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 82, 512-520.

4.      Keating, X.D., Castelli, D.,Castro-Pinero, J., & Guan, H. (2011). University student meeting the recommended standards of physical activity and body mass index. The ICHPER-SD Journal of Research, 6(1), 20-26.

5.      Keating, X.D., Castro-Piñero, J., Centeio, E., Harrison, L. Jr., Ramirez, T., & Chen, L. (2010). Health-related fitness knowledge and its relation to student physical activity patterns at a large U.S. southern state university. ICHPER-SD Journal of Research, 5(2),3-9.



Recent Awards

Current Research Projects and Grants

Keating, X.D., Lambdin, D. & Harrison, L. Jr. (2009-2010). Scope and sequence of fitness education ($17,000). Funded by The National Association for Sports and Physical Education.


Carol M. White Physical Education Grant, Cheryl White (PI)                      2003-2004

U.S. Department of Education                                                                       ($275,706)


Grant seed program award ($4,880) from Graduate Studies and Research at CSULA, 2003.

Carol M. White Physical Education Grant, Betty Hennessy (PI)                  2002-2003      

U.S. Department of Education                                                                       ($492,283)

Research Interests and Expertise

Measurement and assessment; fitness testing; research design; and fitness education.

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), 1994 – present
  •  International Council of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance, 2005 – present
  •  International Chinese Society for Physical Activities and Sport, lifetime member