Diane Gill with moto

Diane L. Gill

Department of Kinesiology
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

Phone: 336-334-4683;
Fax: 336-334-3070
Email: dlgill@uncg.edu or diane_gill@uncg.edu
www: http://www.uncg.edu/~dlgill


Diane L. Gill, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research interests focus on physical activity and well-being across the lifespan, with an emphasis on social psychology, particularly gender and cultural diversity.

She received both her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, and her undergraduate degree from the SUNY at Cortland. She held faculty positions at the University of Waterloo and the University of Iowa before moving to UNCG in January 1987.

At UNCG she has served as Associate Dean of the School of Health and Human Performance, Head of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, and as the founding Director of the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness.

Her scholarly publications include the text, Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Exercise, several book chapters, and over 100 journal articles. She has presented over 100 research papers and invited addresses at national and international conferences, and received several awards for her research and professional work.

She is a fellow in several professional organizations, a former president of Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, and of the Research Consortium of AAHPERD. She serves on several editorial boards and is former editor of the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology and the current editor of Quest.

See our Kinesiology Psychology Lab page for information on the research and activities of our faculty and graduate students.

Research Overview

Dr. Gill has been continuously engaged in research and scholarly activity within exercise and sport psychology for over 30 years. Her research emphasizes social psychology and physical activity, with a focus on physical activity and psychological well-being. Her early research included laboratory and field research on social influence and motor performance, competitive anxiety, and extended into a line of research on motivational orientation, which included the development of the Competitive Orientation Questionnaire. Her research shifted to focus on social cognitive models and greater emphasis on social context and gender/cultural diversity issues with her move to UNCG. More recent projects follow two separate, but connected, lines: Cultural Competence in Physical Activity Settings, and Physical Activity and Well-being across the Lifespan. Current research efforts extend and merge those lines to focus on assessments of psychological well-being and quality of life within the context of community-based programs that promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles for girls and women.

Brief Vita

Current Position

Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Linda Arnold Carlisle Distinguished Excellence Professor in Women's and Gender Studies


1976, Ph.D., Univ. of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign (Social Psychology. & Motor Behavior)
1974, M.S., Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Social Psychology. & Motor Behavior)
1970, B.S.Ed., SUNY College at Cortland, Cortland, New York (Physical Education)

Selected Professional Service


book cover

Over 100 publications, including:


Gill, D.L. & Williams, L (2008). Psychological dynamics of sport and exercise (3rd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.




Over 100 presentations, including: