Meet the Director

Leah E. Robinson, Ph.D., FACSM (The Ohio State University, 2007)
Leah E. Robinson,  joined the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan as an Associate Professor on January 1, 2015.  She is also a Research Associate Professor in the Center for Human Growth and Development at the University of Michigan and a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Previously, she was an Assistant/Associate Professor at Auburn University (Alabama, 2007 – 2014).
Her research agenda takes a developmental approach to three complementary areas: motor skill acquisition, physical activity, and developmental health in preschool and school-age children. She seeks to understand the developmental process of motor skill acquisition along with the underlying factors that shaped or that are influenced by a child’s ability to move. Dr. Robinson also implements interventions in school-based settings to maximize physical activity, motor skills, and physical health and development in pediatric populations and explores how these interventions contribute to children’s developmental trajectories.  The overarching goal of her research is to promote movement while motivating children to be physically active and ensure that they enter school healthy, active, and ready to learn.
She has received research funding from the  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and National Institutes of Health and serves as a committee member for the National Academy  of Sciences Institute of Medicine and the American Cancer Society – Nutrition and Physical Activity (NuPA) Advisory Committee. 
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