Esbelle Jowers

Esbelle Jowers

Research Assistant Professor, Exercise & Sports Psychology Lab Director

Email
ejowers@austin.utexas.edu

Office & Hours

Office: BEL 849
Monday: 10-12:00

Phone
512-232-6027

Fax
512-471-0946

Courses of Instruction
KIN 311 Sports Psychology
KIN 348 Psychological Aspects of Exercise
HED366 Human Sexuality

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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Profile

Dr. Jowers earned her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from the College of William & Mary in Virginia with a double major in Psychology and Kinesiology. Dr. Jowers is an alumna of The University of Texas at Austin, earning both her Masters (M.A.) and Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Exercise Science, with a Specialization in Physical Development and Aging.

Dr. Jowers serves as the Director of the Exercise & Sport Psychology Laboratory. She oversees the undergraduate and graduate research assistants, as well as the undergraduate internship program for Exercise and Sports Psychology. Dr. Jowers also teaches undergraduate courses in Sports Psychology and Psychological Aspects of Exercise through the department and also through the University Extension/Distance Education at UT Austin. Dr. Jowers is also fully bilingual (English/Spanish). With regard to research development, Dr. Jowers directs two major grant projects, including the Texas Initiatives for Children’s Activity & Nutrition (I-CAN!) project, and the Walk Texas! Project.

Texas I-CAN! is an obesity prevention project that aims to increase both physical activity and healthy eating in elementary school children. This project is currently funded through the National Institutes of Health/ Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for Child Development.The goal is to train elementary school teachers to incorporate physical activity into their academic lessons daily and to evaluate the corresponding physical activity changes and academic impact on the participating children. This is a 5-year project that will recruit 30 elementary schools within Central Texas. Dr. Jowers was part of the creation and refinement of this program since 2001 and has extensive experience working with children, elementary school teachers, and independent school districts.

Walk Texas! is funded by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS)/Texas Diabetes Council/Program to provide diabetes prevention and technical assistance/expertise to state-funded community diabetes prevention projects. Additionally, Dr. Jowers manages the online reporting system, termed the Program Management and Tracking System (PMATS), for the Texas Department of State and Health Services. This system tracks clinical outcomes across various programs (physical activity, nutrition, diabetes self management) to determine the impact of the programs on diabetes prevention and control across the state of Texas.

Dr. Jowers plays an integral role in the development and implementation of these two large research studies.

Education

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from the College of William & Mary, Virginia

Master of Arts (M.A.) from The University of Texas at Austin, Texas

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from The University of Texas at Austin, Texas

Representative Publications

Korinek, E.V., Bartholomew, J.B., Jowers, E. M., & Latimer, L. A. (2013). Fruit and vegetable exposure in children is linked to the selection of a wider variety of healthy foods at school. Maternal and Child Nutrition, Epub 2013 Apr 5.

John B. Bartholomew & Esbelle M. Jowers (June 2010). Strategies to modify school-based foods to lower obesity and disease risk, in De Meester, F., Zibadi, S., and Watson, R. R. (eds.), Modern Dietary Fat Intakes in Disease Promotion, Nutrition and Health. Springer Science Business Media, LLC 2010.

Bartholomew, J. B. & Jowers, E.M. (2011). The effects of physically active academic lessons on activity, attention control, and spelling performance. Preventative Medicine, Jun;52 Suppl 1:S51-4. Epub 2011 Jan 31.

Jowers, E. M., Bartholomew, J.B., & Callen, K. J. (2009). The Effects of Gender and Ethnicity on Absolute vs. Relative Ratings and Preferences for Low-Fat Elementary School Lunch Entrées. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 5(4), 368-376.

Bartholomew, J. B., Loukas, A., Jowers, E. M. & Allua, S. (2006). Validation of the Self-Efficacy and Beliefs Scale for Physical Activity: Testing Measurement Invariance Between Hispanic and White Children. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 3, 70-78.

Bartholomew, J. & Jowers, E.M. (2006). Increasing frequency of lower-fat entrees at school lunch: An environmental change strategy to increase healthy selections. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 2006 Feb 106(2), 248-252.

 

Recent Awards

  • Appreciation Letter and Commemorative Clock from The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, The University of Texas at Austin (nominated by a student for effort in creating an inclusive environment for all students)
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Elementary School, Pflugerville Independent School District, for commitment in making a difference in the lives of the students and families
  • 10 Years of Service Certificate from Dean of the College of Education, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Saint Joan of Arc Medal, United States Army Award for Service to Soldiers and their Families

Current Research Projects and Grants

Dr. Jowers directs two major grant projects, including the Texas Initiatives for Children’s Activity & Nutrition (I-CAN!) project, and the Walk Texas! Diabetes Prevention and Control Project.

Texas I-CAN! is an obesity prevention project that aims to increase both physical activity and healthy eating in elementary school children. This project is currently funded through the National Institutes of Health/ Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for Child Development. The goal is to train elementary school teachers to incorporate physical activity into their academic lessons daily and to evaluate the corresponding physical activity changes and academic impact in the participating children. Dr. Jowers has been part of the creation and refinement of the ICAN program since 2001 and has extensive experience in working with elementary-aged children, teachers, and independent school districts. Walk Texas! is funded by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS)/Texas Diabetes Council/Program to provide diabetes prevention and technical assistance/expertise to state-funded community diabetes prevention and control projects. Dr. Jowers manages the Program Management and Tracking System which collects clinical outcome data from across the various programs (physical activity, nutrition, diabetes self-management) throughout the state and she conducts trainings for the Texas Diabetes Council/Program staff. Dr. Jowers plays an integral role in the development and implementation of these two large research studies.

Research Interests and Expertise

Exercise and Sports Psychology

Obesity Prevention in School-Aged Children through Physical Activity & Healthy Eating

Diabetes Prevention & Control through Physical Activity and Motivation for Positive Behavior Change; focus on families with school-aged children

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • Graduate Studies Committee (GSC)
  • Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC), Independent School District