The Department of Kinesiology at the Penn State has a rich history of research, scholarly accomplishments, and scientific training in a wide array of specializations that span the physical, life, behavioral, and social sciences, together with the humanities as they relate to human movement and physical activity.

The department continues its tradition of research and scholarly excellence in the domains of athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, history and philosophy of sport, motor control, and psychology of physical activity.

The Biomechanics Lab and Noll Lab, two of the department's oldest research entities, have both made abundant contributions to human biomechanics and exercise physiology since they were established in the mid-1960s.


The research faculty includes some the world's most renowned and respected scholars in their respective fields. They serve as editors of scholarly journals, on international and national advisory boards, as leaders of important professional organizations, and on scientific review panels for federal funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Learn about some of our faculty and their reserach by watching the following short videos.

Kinesiology Research Videos


There are individual faculty research laboratories that together encompass over 50,000 square feet of dedicated research space in three separate buildings. The Department has many externally funded, individual and large-scale research projects.

Interdisciplinary Collaborations

Substantial interdisciplinary collaborations extend research projects across the University Park and Hershey Medical Center campuses. These collaborations incorporate the departments of Biobehavioral Health, Bioengineering, Biology, Human Developement and Family Studies, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Nutritional Sciences, Psychology, the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, and the College of Medicine. Many faculty in Kinesiology also hold joint appointments with these departments.