Maria  Kosma 

Associate Professor

Bachelor's Degree(s): Physical Education and Sport Science, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece, 1997.
Master's Degree: Exercise and Sport Science/Adapted Physical Activity, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland, 1999.
PhD: Exercise and Sport Science/Movement Studies in Disabilities, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 2003.
Phone: 225-578-8016
Fax: 225-578-3680
Email: mkosma@lsu.edu
Office: 331 Peabody Hall

 

Biography

Dr. Kosma is currently a tenured, Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. She is interested in exercise promotion by using pragmatic (phronetic) research to understand how culture, history, society, and personality influence the formation of values regarding exercise behavior. She also uses mixed-methods (quantitative and qualitative) research designs to explore the linkages among physical activity behavior, physical function, mental health, and physical activity experiences. Her research projects are community based and the studied populations are diverse regarding age (older and younger), race (African American and White), socioeconomic status, and ability levels. She has received several honors and awards, including the 2011 Oregon State University Young Alumni Award, the Mabel Lee Award in 2007, and an Emerging Scholar Award on Health, Wellness and Disability in 2008. She also obtained Fellow status in SHAPE America (formerly: AAHPERD) in 2008.

Selected Publications

Kosma, M., Buchanan, D. R., & Hondzinski, J. (in press). Complexity of exercise behavior among older African American women. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity.
 
Kosma, M., & Cardinal, B. J. (2016). Theory-based physical activity beliefs by race and activity levels among older adults. Ethnicity & Health, 21, 181-195. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2015.1047741
 
Kosma, M., Buchanan, D. R., & Hondzinski, J. (2015). The role of values in promoting physical activity. Quest, 67, 241-254.doi: 10.1080/00336297.2015.1050117.
 
Kosma, M. (2014). An expanded framework to determine physical activity and falls risks among diverse older adults. Research on Aging. An International Bimonthly Journal, 36, 95-114. doi:  10.1177/0164027512469215
 

Selected Presentations

Kosma, M., Buchanan, D. R., & Hondzinski, J. (2017, March). Complexity of exercise behavior among older African American women. Oral presentation for the SHAPE America national convention, Boston, MA.

Kosma, M., Hondzinski, J., & Buchanan, D. R. (2017, March). Exercise, health, and falls risks among older African American women. Oral presentation for the SHAPE America national convention, Boston, MA.

Kosma, M., Buchanan, D. R., & Hondzinski, J. (2016, July). Practical reasoning in physical activity promotion. Oral presentation for the 12th Annual International Conference on Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences, Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), Athens, Greece.
 
Kosma, M (2013, September). Don’t fall for it – Learning to prevent falls. INVITED WORKSHOP for the conference of the new School of Nutrition & Food Sciences at Louisiana State University. Conference theme: “Celebrating the New School of Nutrition & Food Sciences – The Community is Our Campus.” Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.

Kosma, M (2011, November). Do health promoters have people in mind? FEATURED SPEAKER for the “Classes without Quizzes” homecoming seminar at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.


Curriculum Vitae