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Danielle Downs
Danielle Symons Downs, Ph.D.
Professor of Kinesiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology
Summary Statement

Danielle Downs researches the motivational determinants of exercise among women and children, application of the Theory of Planned Behavior to exercise, and lifestyle interventions for women (preconceptional, pregnant, gestational diabetes).

  • Kinesiology - KINES
  • Ph.D., 2002, Health and Human Performance, University of Florida
  • M.A., 1998, Psychology, University of New York, College at Brockport
  • B.A., 1995, Psychology and Sociology, Baldwin-Wallace College
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Office Address
268Q Recreation Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
  • Individually-tailored, theoretically-designed, optimized behavioral interventions
  • Motivational determinants and outcomes of physical activity, healthy behaviors, and weight management in women before, during, and after pregnancy
  • Exercise psychology
Grants and Research Projects

Theoretical determinants of exercise motivation and participation; evidence-based behavioral interventions to promote physical activity and health during the preconceptional, prenatal, and postpartum periods; excessive exercise and eating pathology behaviors.