Kinesiology’s Senlin Chen, Receives External Funding to Study Childhood Obesity Prevention



Baton Rouge, LA – LSU School of Kinesiology’s Dr. Senlin Chen, a Helen "Bessie" Silverberg Pliner Associate Professor, received a $21,904 subaward from Iowa State University to study childhood obesity prevention. Dr. Chen has been a member of Iowa SWITCH, an organization dedicated to promoting wellness in youth, since 2014. He was previously an assistant professor at ISU, before joining the Kinesiology faculty at LSU in August 2017.

The secured funding stems from a larger research grant funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, which place emphasis on dissemination of the evidence-based SWITCH program in elementary schools. As a primary investigator of the sub award, Dr. Chen is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of the SWITCH physical education programming in schools. He also provides inputs to several operating committees to oversee the research direction and coordination of the project.

Dr. Chen is currently recruiting motivated students to help on his research projects. Students with interest in school-based wellness and physical activity promotions are encouraged to join his research team. For more information contact

Dr. Chen’s research is focused on physical education curriculum intervention, youth physical activity and fitness promotion, motivation and learning in physical activity. As a Fellow of the Research Council of Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America), he was the recipient of the 2016 Young Scholar Award from Western Society for Kinesiology and Wellness (WSKW) and the 2016 Early Career Research Excellence Award from the International Chinese Society for Physical Activities and Health (ICSPAH) among other awards. Dr. Chen is a guest editor of Biomedical Research International, an editorial board member of the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, and an ad hoc reviewer of a dozen scholarly peer-review journals and conferences. Dr. Chen is dedicated to mentoring graduate and undergraduate students to reach excellence in research and classroom.

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The LSU School of Kinesiology (SOK) advances the understanding of physical activity, sport, and health to optimize the quality of life for diverse populations through excellence in teaching, learning, discovery, and engagement. SOK offers a BS, MS, Online MS, PhD, and two certificate options. Graduates go on to successful careers in the health and fitness industry, corporate wellness, sport agencies and businesses, athletic administration, and K-12 educational settings. SOK is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.  

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The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree and/or certificate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 1,120 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.