Tao Zhang

Associate Professor, Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, Director, Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory
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Physical Education Building 210-B

Dr. Tao Zhang earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Physical Education from Shanghai University of Sport, and his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University in 2009 and has been at the University of North Texas since that time. He was a former lecturer and coach at Shanghai University of Sport and Shanghai Aquatic Sports Center in China, where he led his women’s rowing teams to win two national championships. As a Sport Pedagogy scholar, Dr. Zhang has made more than 80 research presentations at international and national conferences, published around 40 refereed research articles, (co-)authored more than 60 peer-reviewed research abstracts, conference papers and book chapters, and completed 12 funded research projects in the U.S and China. His research focuses on supportive school physical activity environments, achievement motivation, and youth physical activity and health promotion from social, psychological and behavioral perspectives. He was inducted as a Research Fellow in the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) in 2012, and earned the Mabel Lee Award from SHAPE America in 2013. Since 2010, he has already mentored both undergraduate and graduate students who have received state, national, and international awards for their research. Dr. Zhang has shown great leadership by involving in the service at different levels. He has been an active reviewer for 14 scholarly journals in Kinesiology and Education. He serves as the Editorial Board Members for the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, Journal of Teaching, Research, and Media in Kinesiology, Journal of American College Health, and Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. Dr. Zhang has also served on several committees of professional organizations (American College of Sports Medicine, American Educational Research Association, and SHAPE America), and received the Outstanding Service Award from the International Chinese Society for Physical Activities and Health in 2012.