Melissa Bopp

 Melissa Bopp

Associate Professor; Professor in Charge, Undergraduate Program in Kinesiology

Contact Information

268R Recreation Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-865-1275


Ph.D., 2005, Department of Exercise Science, University of South Carolina

Research Interests

Research interests focus on exploring alternative strategies for partnering with community organizations for promoting physical activity in diverse populations.


  • Community-based influences on physical activity
  • Health disparities
  • Public health approaches to physical activity promotion

Selected Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals

Shaffer, K., Bopp, M. J. (Author, 20%), Sims, D., Papalia, Z., & Bopp, C. M. The relationship of living environment with behavioral and fitness outcomes by sex: an exploratory study in college-aged students. International Journal of Exercise Science. [In press].

Bopp, M. J. (Author), Sims, D., Rovniak, L. S., Matthews, S. A., Poole, E. S., & Colgan, J. Active Lions: a campaign to promote active travel on a university campus. American Journal of Health Promotion. [In press].


Articles in Non-Refereed Journals 

Webb, B. L., Bopp, M. J. (Author), & Baruth, M. Health Effects of A Religious Vocation: Perspectives from Christian and Jewish Clergy. Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling.!!! [In press].

Wilson, D., Bopp, M. J. (Author), Colgan, J., Sims, D., Matthews, S. A., Rovniak, L. S., & Poole, E. S. (2016). A Social Media Campaign for Promoting Active Travel to a University Campus. Journal of Healthcare Communications, 1(2), 11.

Colgan, J., Bopp, M. J. (Author), Starkoff, B., & Liberman, L. (2016). Fitness Wearables and Youth with Visual Impairments: Implications for Practice and Application. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness., 110(5), 336-348.