Dixie Stanforth

Dixie Stanforth

Senior Lecturer, Ph.D.

Health Promotion & Personal Training Specialization


Office & Hours

Office: GRE 4.144
Tuesday and Thursday: 10:30 - 11:45 AM



Courses of Instruction
KIN 310 Physiological Basis of Conditioning
KIN 327L Personal Training
KIN 332 Techniques of Fitness Leadership
HED 352 Strategic Health Communication
HED 627 Internship

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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Dixie has been teaching in Undergraduate program since 1985. She has developed a successful curriculum for personal trainers, providing both theoretical content and practical experiences in that Specialization. She is a spokesperson for ACE, and serves on the Editorial Board for the ACSM Health & Fitness Journal and GSSI Speakers Bureau. She has has been a fitness editor for Shape magazine and a 5-star presenter for IDEA, presenting extensively at both national and international conferences. Her research generally involves current fitness topics, but has been expanded to include strategic health communication, including her work with the award winning Gatorade Replay on Fox Sports. Dixie received the inaugural Departmental Teaching Excellence Award in 2011.




2010 Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin

1982 M.S. Physical Education, University of Arizona

1981 B.A. Physical Education, College of William and Mary

Representative Publications

Mackert, M., Stanforth, D., and A.A. Garcia. Undermining of nutrition and exercise decisions: experiencing negative social influence. Public Health Nursing, 28(5), 402-410, 2011.

Stanforth, D., M. Steinhardt, M. Mackert, P. Stanforth, C. Gloria. Does mind-set matter? An investigation of exercise and the placebo effect. American Journal of Health Behavior. 35(3): 257-268, 2011.

Stanforth, D. Role Model Stories Delivered via YouTube: Evaluating the Impact of Health Promotion Focused on Exercise Self-Efficacy and Exercise Behaviors. UMI Online Publishing, 2010.

Stanforth, D. and M. Mackert. Social undermining of healthy eating and exercise behaviors. ACSM's Health and Fitness Journal. 13(3), 14-19, 2009.

D. Stanforth, Stanforth, P.R., and Hoemeke, M.P. Physiologic and metabolic responses to a Body Pump® workout. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 14(2), 144-150, 2000.

Stanforth, D., Stanforth, P.R., Hahn, S., and A. Phillips. A 10-week training study comparing Resistaball® and traditional trunk training. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, 2(4), 134-140, 1998.

Stanforth, D., Stanforth, P.R., and K. Velasquez. Aerobic requirement of benchh stepping. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 14(3), 129-133, 1993.

Recent Awards

  • Inaugural Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, 2011.
  • Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Eta Sigma Faculty Award [student selected]

Current Research Projects and Grants

"Take the Stairs" Campus Initiative (Fall 2014)

Get Fit Campus Circuit (In development, 2013-present)

Gatorade Training Council: Gatorade Replay on Fox Sports (2010-2012)

Division of Housing and Food Service Wellness Initiative (UT Austin, 2008-2011)

Research Interests and Expertise

Health and Fitness

Personal Training

Behavioral Journalism

Health Communication

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • American College of Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Journal, Editorial Board, 2002-present.
  • Active Life, Austin, TX
  • Cooper Aerobics Center, Personal Training Advisory Board