Jennifer Etnier

Professor, Department of Kinesiology
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Phone: 336-334-3037

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Jennifer Etnier is a professor of sport and exercise psychology in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Dr. Etnier completed her Bachelor's degree in computer science and mathematics at the University of Tennessee, her Master's degree in exercise and sport science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Ph.D. in sport and exercise psychology at Arizona State University. Dr. Etnier was an assistant professor at Wake Forest University from 1995-1998. She then returned to Arizona State University in 1998 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 2004. Dr. Etnier came to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2004 and was promoted to full professor in 2010.

Dr. Etnier's research interests lie in the field of Exercise Psychology. Her primary research focus is in the area of physical activity and cognition. In particular, Dr. Etnier is interested in the potential benefits of physical activity for the slowing of age-related cognitive decline and for the prevention of dementia. Dr. Etnier is also pursuing research related to the potential benefits of physical activity for ADHD children, the benefits of a single bout of exercise for cognition, and the benefits of chronic physical activity in chronically ill populations (i.e, fibromyalgia syndrome, Celiac's disease patients).

Dr. Etnier recently published a sport psychology book designed to provide sport psychology skills to young athletes. Dr. Etnier is an active fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. She is also the past Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. She is conducting research to determine if a person's genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease predicts the benefits they experience from exercise also known as The PAAD Study.

Dr. Etnier's teaching interests include exercise psychology, sport psychology, health psychology, and psychosocial aspects of sport. She also enjoys teaching research statistics and research methods.