KHPR faculty member named SHAPE America Fellow

Xiangli Gu, an assistant professor in the UNT College of Education’s Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation department, was recently named one of six new research fellows for the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America in 2017.

“The SHAPE America Society of Health and Physical Educators Research Fellow is selected by nomination only from other established research fellows,” Gu said. “To date, SHAPE America has recognized 87 research fellows in the Sport Pedagogy research area since 1959, and I am so proud of being a member of them.”

According to Gu’s profile page on the College of Education website, her “research focuses on achievement motivation in physical activity and health promotion; the behavioral mechanism of childhood obesity including physical activity, physical fitness and motor skills assessment among youth; and how those behavioral variables may affect school-aged students’ academic performance and health outcomes. The long-term goal of [Gu’s] research agenda is to develop optimal school-based intervention programs that aim at childhood obesity prevention and promoting cognitive health, especially in low-income minority groups.”

SHAPE America focuses on the health of young children in the United States with regards to physical activity. Since 1885, SHAPE America has provided the U.S. with research about physical activity and its benefits to children and young adults.

Gu has been a part of many services for the Research Council of SHAPE America since 2008. She has served as a reviewer for the SHAPE America Official Journals (Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport) as well as the research papers of each annual convention.

Gu has received grant support as well as research awards from SHAPE America. Gu’s undergraduate and graduate students have also received research awards from SHAPE America under her mentoring.

“I feel very honored to be recognized by the largest professional organization in our field,” Gu said. “In the meantime, I am also proud of being able to represent UNT at the professional levels. I would like to extend my appreciation to my colleagues, chair and deans since I cannot obtain this great honor without their help, encouragement and support.”

Gu will be commended for this professional recognition the SHAPE America National Convention and Expo in Boston on March 16.


Above, Xiangli Gu, seen here talking with UNT Provost Finley Graves, was also honored at the college's Faculty Salute in 2015.