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Department of Kinesiology

Dr. Nicole Smith

Assistant Professor

Physical Education Teacher Education

Educational Background:

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ph.D., M.S., Sports Education Leadership
Emphases in Pedagogy, Research Methods and Public Health

University of Nevada, Reno
B.S., Community Health Sciences
Emphases in Physical Education and General Science

Research Interests:

  • Physical activity measurement
  • Environmental and policy influences on physical activity
  • Evidence-based physical education programs
  • Physical activity interventions
  • Physical education teacher effectiveness

Recent Publications:

Smith, N.J., Monnat, S.M., & Lounsbery, M.A.F. (2015). Physical activity in high school physical education: Are longer lessons better? Journal of School Health. 85(3), 141-148.

Monnat, S.M., Lounsbery, M.A.F., & Smith, N.J. (2014). Correlates of state adoption of elementary school physical education policies. Preventive Medicine. 69(Suppl 1), S5-11.

Smith, N., Lounsbery, M. A. F., & McKenzie, T. L. (2014). Physical activity in high school physical education: Impact of lesson context and class gender composition. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 11, 127-135. 

Lounsbery, M., McKenzie, T., Trost., S., & Smith, N. (2011). Facilitators and barriers to adopting evidence-based PE in elementary schools. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 8(Suppl 1), S1-S25.

Smith, N., & Lounsbery, M. (2009). Promoting physical education: The link to academic achievement. JOPERD80(1), 39-43.

Lounsbery, M., Bungum, T., & Smith, N. (2007). Physical activity opportunity in K-12 public school settings: Nevada statewide surveillance. Journal of Physical Activity & Health. 4(1), 30-38.

Lounsbery, M., Gast, J., & Smith, N. (2005). The integrated curriculum of Planned Approach to Healthier Schools. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance76(3), 34-37.

Funded Project Affiliations

Development of a SOFIT Toolkit for the Navajo Nation (Developer and Trainer)

Healthy Eaters, Lifelong Movers, University of Colorado, Denver (PE Academy Project Manager)

Discovering Obstacles to Physical Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Project Manager)

Professional Organizations

American Public Health Association (APHA)

SHAPE America (formerly AAHPERD)

California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD)

The National Association for Sports Officials (NASO)


Officiating basketball

Quote I Live By:

"If you can dream it, you can become it."

Contact Information:


Phone: 559.278.2069