The YAP Research and Application Collaborators
The development and continued refinement of the YAP has been a team effort. The list below documents some of the major contributions to the current version of the online Youth Activity Profile tool. Many others have contributed as well so please excuse the failure to fully track other contributions.
Gregory J. Welk, Ph.D. (Project Leader)
Dr. Welk is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Iowa State University and the leader of the YAP research and development team. He coordinates applied research through the Physical Activity and Health Promotion lab. He was the PI on the NIH-funded study on the Youth Activity Profile and has continued to guide the overall progression of work on the YAP. He coordinates the integration and evaluation of the YAP through separate collaborations with the Active Schools network and with the Cooper Institute on the FitnessGram program..
Pedro F. Saint-Maurice, Ph.D.
Dr. Saint-Maurice is a postdoctoral fellow in the Metabolics and Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology, at the US National Cancer Institute, NIH. He conducted the original development work on the Youth Activity Profile as part of his dissertation research while at Iowa State University and was a Co-Investigator on the NIH project. He has also fostered international collaborations with Dr. Welk.
Phillip Dixon, Ph.D.
Dr. Dixon is a Professor in the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University. He has had long-standing collaborations with Dr. Welk on an array of Kinesiology research projects and also through the ISU Translational Research Network. He was a Co-Investigator on the NIH project and conducted the primary statistical analyses for the latest iteration of the YAP calibration algorithms. He has also led related analyses of the YAP through the SWITCH with Dr. Welk.
Yang Bai, Ph.D.
Dr. Bai is an assistant professor at the University of Utah with expertise in school-based program evaluation. She has led analyses in a number of studies in the NFL PLAY60 FitnessGram Partnership Project and specifically facilitated the promotion and evaluation of the Youth Activity Profile in this early application effort. She has remained as an active collaborator on the NIH-funded study evaluating the online version of the YAP and has continued
Paul Hibbing, Ph.D.
Dr. Hibbing is a post-doctoral research fellow at Children's Mercy in Kansas City. He was a Project Manager on the NIH-funded project while completing his MS degree at Iowa State University. He coordinated the processing of activity monitor data and the segmentation steps needed for calibration of the YAP. He has remained involved in the ongoing work and has supported related efforts on international applications.
Michael Pereira da Silva, Ph.D.
Dr. Silva is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the Federal University of Rio Grande in Brazil. He served as a Project Manager on the NIH-funded project as a visiting scholar at Iowa State University. He coordinated data collection and contributed to data management on the project and has built related lines of research in Brazil..
Gabriella McLoughlin, Ph.D.
Dr. McLoughlin is an Assistant Professor at Temple University with expertise in school-based programming, mixed methods research and implementation science. She contributed to the development of curricular resources and training resources during a 2 year post-doc at Iowa State University. She has remained engaged in YAP research through SWITCH and the Active Schools project.
Joey Lee, Ph.D.
Dr. Lee is an Assistant Professor of Health Science at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He contributed to the application of the Youth Activity Profile in the SWITCH project and specifically developed a companion tool called the School Wellness Environment Profile to assist schools in evaluating school environments. He has remained a collaborator on the YAP through various school applications.
Brian Dauenhauer, Ph.D.
Dr. Dauenhauer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Northern Colorado. He is the Director of the Active Schools Institute and the Coordinator of the Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership (PEPAL) program. He has been engaged with the YAP research team on efforts related to dissemination of the YAP through the Active Schools network.
Stuart Fairclough, Ph.D.
Dr. Fairclough is a Professor of Physical Activity Education and member of the senior management team in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity at Edgehill University in the UK. He has had a long-standing collaboration with Dr. Welk and the Youth Activity Profile research team and led the parallel evaluation of the YAP with youth in the U.K.
Lynne Boddy, Ph.D.
Dr. Boddy is a Reader in Children's Physical Activity and Physical Activity Exchange Lead with the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University in the U.K. She has had a long-standing collaboration with Dr. Welk and the Youth Activity Profile research team and collaborated on the evaluation of the YAP with Dr. Fairclough in the U.K.
David Dzewaltowski, Ph.D.
Dr. Dzewaltowski is a Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He has been a long-term collaborator with Dr. Welk and has speciically worked as a CoInvestigator on the SWITCH project that has actively deployed and utilized the Youth Activity Profile as part of the school-based training initiative. He leads the Wellscapes community trial that also utilizes the YAP.
Javier Carasco, Ph.D.
Dr. Carrasco is a Health and Physical Education Curriculum Specialist K-12 in the El Paso Independent School District. He has used the YAP systematically in the District as a needs assessment tool and has been actively using the YAP in both research and practice settings.