Darla M. Castelli, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education

University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX

Darla M. Castelli, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin. She has been working with school-aged youth in physical activity settings for more than 20 years, leading several physical activity interventions (e.g., FIT Kids, Active + Active Healthy = Forever Fit, Fitness4Everyone, Kinetic Kidz). Dr. Castelli has received teaching awards in both the public school, Maine Physical Education Teacher of the Year, and higher education, University of Illinois Teaching Excellence Award.

As a fellow in the AAHPERD Research Consortium and past Young Scholar award recipient from NAKPEHE and AEISEP, her research focuses on the effects of physical activity on cognitive and brain health in children which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Dietetic Foundation, and U.S. Department of Education. She presented her work at U.S. Congress and Senate Briefings in Washington, DC in support of the FIT Kids Act and PHYSICAL Act. Dr. Castelli was recently a member of the Institute of Medicine Committees on Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes in Youth and Physical Activity, Physical Education, and the Cognitive Benefits for Children.

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