Erin E. Centeio, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Professor in the College of Education, Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science at The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She currently serves as the program coordinator of the Health and Physical Education. Erin obtained her Bachelor and Masters in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin. Erin spent six years at Wayne State University before joining the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Erin’s research focuses on integrating physical activity before, during, and afterschool and understanding the implications of physical activity and fitness on children’s health, as well as the cognitive and psychosocial benefits. As such, she consults with numerous community programmers, physical education teachers and school districts in order to maximize potential for quality physical education and additional opportunities for physical activity before, during and after school. Erin has received research and scholarship awards from SHAPE America, AERA, and AIESEP. She has been a principal/co-investigator on over 3 million dollars in grant funding, authored/coauthored over 86 presentations at National and International conferences, and published 5 book chapters and over 36 peer-reviewed manuscripts focusing on integrating physical activity and healthy eating interventions into school and community settings.
In addition to her scholarship, Erin believes that service to the fields of physical education and physical activity is important. She currently serves as the chair of the Teacher Preparation council at SHAPE America, as well as chair-elect of the AERA SIG 93: Research on Teaching and Instruction in Physical Education. Erin is currently an executive board member of HAHPERD (Hawai‘i association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance and she is also part of local taskforces in the State of Hawaii that focus on decreasing obesity among youth as well as the state association for physical education. She has previously served on committees and taskforces through SHAPE America, as well as within the States of Illinois, Michigan, and Hawai‘i.
Erin E. Centeio, Ph.D., is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Wayne State University. As a member of the Division of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Studies and as a researcher in the Center for Health, she conducts research that focuses on the implementation of healthy school transformations in an urban context. Increasing children’s levels of physical activity throughout the school day and understanding the effects this has on their health, as well as the cognitive and psychosocial benefits is key to her research. Dr. Centeio has consulted with numerous physical education teachers and school districts to maximize potential for physical activity opportunities. Dr. Centeio is currently a principle investigator of a 1.2 million dollar grant titled Creating a Culture of Healthy Habits, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This grant focuses on healthy school transformations at the secondary level by implementing physical activity throughout the entire school day. Dr. Centeio is also a Co-PI for Building Healthy Communities, which is funded through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. This grant is a $900,000 grant that works to improve the health of students at the elementary level. Dr. Centeio has authored/coauthored over 45 presentations at National and International conferences, as well as published over 10 papers focusing on integrating physical activity into the school setting.
Area of Expertise
Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs
Healthy School Transformations
Physical Education Curriculum
Technology in Physical Education
Sociocultural Issues in Physical Education
Erin’s research interests center around implementing physical activity interventions in school settings. Her dissertation Outcomes of Director of Physical Activity Professional Development, examined the effects of the Physical Activity Leader ctraining. Specifically, Erin examined how this professional development influenced teacher’s perceptions of and efficacy toward the implementation of Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs. Since Erin completed her dissertation in 2012 she has continued to pursue a line of research focusing on healthy school transformations and integrating physical activity before, during, and after school. Erin’s future research interests lie in the application of culturally relevant pedagogy to physical education instruction and within comprehensive physical activity programs.