Kinetic Kidz Lab

Research in this lab examines the effects of physical activity and the relationship of metabolic risk factors on cognitive health. We strive to understand how physical activity can reverse the effects of health risk. 

Kinetic Kidz Program


The Kinetic Kidz program is intended to promote lifelong physical activity among youth. Personalized evaluation and small group participation phsyical activity sessions are employed to reaffirm the importance of regular engagement and to improve self-efficacy. The benefits of such participation will be reiterated through these individualized appointments, whereby youth learn through active gaming and other forms of physical activity.

Active Kids Do Better in Class

Moving for a Better Mind

Longhorn Game Changers

Recent Presentations

Az AHPERD Robert P. Pangrazi Scholar Lecture

Montana Let's Move! Active Schools Summit

Selected Research Publications 

Castelli, D.M., Centeio, E.E., & Nicksic, H.M. (2013). Preparing educators to promote and provide physical activity in schools. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine (online publication date 5-15-2013).

Chaddock, L., Erickson, K.I., Voss, M.W., Kencht, A.M., Pontifex, M.B., Castelli, D.M., Hillman, C.H., & Kramer, A. (2013). The effects of physical activity on functional MRI activation associated with cognitive control in children: A randomized controlled intervention. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7(72). DOI:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00072.

Kamijo, K., Pontifex, M. B., Khan, N. A., Raine, L. B., Scudder, M. R., Drollette, E. S., Evans, E. M., Castelli, D. M., & Hillman, C. H. (2012). The negative association of childhood obesity to the cognitive control of action monitoring. Cerebral Cortex (online publication date 11-11-2012).

Beighle, A., Carson, R.L., Castelli, D.M., & Erwin, H.E. (2013). School-based physical activity promotion: A conceptual framework for research and practice. Quest, 64(4), available online.

Keating, X., & Ayers, S., Castelli, D.M. (2013). Association of weekly strength exercise frequency and academic performance among students at a large university in the United States. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research 27.7 (2013): 1988-1993.

Kamijo, K., Pontifex, M., Khan, N., Raine, L., Scudder, M., Drollette, E., Evans, E., Castelli, D., Hillman, C. (2012). The association of childhood obesity to neuroeletric indices of inhibition. Psychophysiology, 49, 1361-1371.

Last updated on January 22, 2014