Senlin Chen

Helen "Bessie" Silverberg Pliner Associate Professor

Bachelor's Degree(s): Physical Education, Beijing Normal University, 2005

Master's Degree: Physical Education, Beijing Normal University, 2007

PhD: Kinesiology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2011

Phone: 225-578-7995

Fax: 225-578-3680


Office: 2237 Pleasant Hall

Curriculum Vitae


Senlin Chen, PhD, is a Helen “Bessie” Silverberg Pliner associate professor in the School of Kinesiology. Prior to LSU, Dr. Chen was an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Iowa State University (2011-2017). Dr. Chen’s research is focused on physical education curriculum, youth physical activity and fitness promotion, motivation and learning in physical activity. Dr. Chen’s research has been funded by extramural and intramural sources. He and his team recently finished a project funded by the National Institutes of Health focused on developing and evaluating a school-based obesity prevention program called SWITCH-MS. He was involved as a Co-Investigator in a USDA grant (2015-2020) that examined the dissemination and implementation of SWITCH in elementary schools. Dr. Chen’s research has been published extensively in many research journals and disseminated in relevant scholarly conferences. As a Fellow of the SHAPE America, he was recipient of several awards for his research and service accomplishments. Dr. Chen has given professional service to the field as editor, associate editor, editorial board member, and ad hoc reviewers of a few peer-review scholarly journals. Dr. Chen is dedicated to mentoring graduate and undergraduate students to reach excellence in research and teaching. Outside work, Dr. Chen enjoys physical activities ranging from strength sports (weightlifting, powerlifting, strength training) and implement sports (tennis, golf, etc.), to lifestyle activities (e.g., cycling, swimming, walking). While in office, Dr. Chen purposely sits less with more standing and physical activity breaks, to be LESS sedentary at work.