John Bartholomew

John Bartholomew

Professor & Chair

Exercise Science, Health Behavior & Health Education


Office & Hours

Office: BEL 718
Monday: 2:30 - 4

(512) 232-6021

(512) 471-8914

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Courses of Instruction

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
2109 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78712-1415
UT Mail Code: D3700

Full Vita
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Dr. Bartholomew graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Harvard University, where he was a three-year letter winner on the varsity football team. He then earned a Ph.D. in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Arizona State University. He came to The University of Texas in 1996 and lives in Round Rock, TX with his wife Pam and daughters Blair and Emma.




1989, B.A. Harvard University, Cambridge

1996 Ph.D. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ: Exercise Science / Sport Psychology


Representative Publications

  • Faulk, K.E. & Bartholomew, J.B. (2012). The moderating effect of physical activity on cardiovascular reactivity following a single, high fat feeding. Psychophysiology, 49, 145-149.
  • Bartholomew, J. B. & Jowers, E. M. (2011). Physically active academic lessons in elementary children.Preventative Medicine, 52, S51-S54.
  • Lutz, R. S., Stults-Kolehmainen, M.A., & Bartholomew, J. B. (2010). Exercise caution when stressed: Stages of change and the stress-exercise participation relationship. Psychology of Exercise and Sport, 11, 560-567.
  • Bibeau, W.S., Moore, J.B., Mitchell, N. G., Vargas-Tonsing, T., & Bartholomew, J.B. (2010). Effects of acute resistance training of different intensities and rest periods on anxiety and affect. Journal of Strength Conditioning Research, 24(8), 2184-2191.
  • Grieco, L. A., Jowers, E., & Bartholomew, J. B. (2009). Physically Active Academic Lessons and Time on Task: The Moderating Effect of Body Mass Index. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41(10), 1921-1926.


Recent Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Fellow, American Academy of Kinesiology
  • Dean's Distinguished Teaching award for the College of Education

Current Research Projects and Grants

    • 4/1/11 -- 3/31/16: PI - Building the evidence base for physically-active academic games. Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health, NICHHD -- R01. Total Costs: $2,410,177
    • 9/1/09 -- 8/30/12: PI - Walk Texas! Physical Activity Program; Texas Department of Health - Texas Diabetes Council. Total Costs: $635,862
    • 8/1/09 -- 7/30/11: PI - Low fat entrées and school lunch: Selection and participation rates across SES Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health, NIDDK - R21. Total Costs: $417,875
    • 9/1/06 - 8/30/09: PI - Walk Texas! Physical Activity Program; Texas Department of Health - Texas Diabetes Council.  Total Costs: $698,525
    • 8/1/06 - 07/30/08: PI - Evaluation of the Texas I-CAN Curriculum; National Institutes of Health, NIDDK - R21.  Total Costs: $405,430.

Research Interests and Expertise

Dr. Bartholomew has a broad research interest in exercise and health psychology. He is the director of Texas I-CAN! Program (Initiatives for Children’s Activity and Nutrition), which develops school-based interventions to prevent childhood obesity and enhance academic performance.  He is the director of the Walk Texas! Program, where he partners with the Texas Diabetes Council for community-based diabetes prevention. He also has long-standing interest in the use of exercise to regulate mood and reduce stress.