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 and Community Impact 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 a Co-PI for Building Healthy Communities, which is funded through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. This project focuses on improving the health of students at the elementary level through a comprehensive phsyical activity and healthy eating intervention. Erin also works on increasing physical activity for youth outside of the school setting. Currently, Dr. Centeio is working with Brilliant Detroit to implement physical activity opportunities for youth ages 0-5 in Detroit neighborhoods and also works with Spectrum of Sports and LightUp to offer phsyical activity opportunities for children with disabilities. Dr. Centeio has authored/coauthored over 62 presentations at National and International conferences, as well as published over 20 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
- Youth physical activity interventions