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Christy Greenleaf, PhD

Professor, BS Kinesiology Program Director


Ph D Exercise and Sport Science University of North Carolina – Greensboro 2000
MS Sport Behavior and Performance Miami University 1997
BA Psychology Bowling Green State University 1994

Speaker Topics

  • Body Image
  • Psychological and Social Aspects of Weight, Obesity, and Physical Activity
  • Disordered Eating

Interests & Expertise

Christy Greenleaf’s primary research focus is on psychosocial aspects of weight, physical activity, body image and disordered eating. She is particularly interested in weight bias, or negative attitudes and stereotypes toward individuals who appear to be overweight, and how weight bias manifests itself within physical activity settings.

Selected Publications

Zhang, T., Dunn, J., Morrow, J., & Greenleaf, C. (2017, February). Ecological analysis of college women’s physical activity and health-related quality of life. Women & Health, 1-18.
Yeatts, P. E., Martin, S. B., Petrie, T. A., & Greenleaf, C. (2016, August). Weight Control Behavior as an Indicator of Adolescent Psychological Well-Being. Journal of School Health, 86(8), 561-567.
Reel, J. J., Galli, N., Miyairi, M., Voelker, D., & Greenleaf, C. (2016, August). Development and validation of the intuitive exercise scale. Eating behaviors, 22, 129-32.
Langdon, J., Rukavina, P., & Greenleaf, C. (2016, June). Predictors of obesity bias among exercise science students. Advances in Physiology Education, 40(2), 157-164.
Reel, J., Voelker, D., & Greenleaf, C. (2015). Weight status and body image perceptions in adolescents: current perspectives. Adolescent Health, Medicine and Therapeutics, 149-158.
Klos, L. A., Greenleaf, C., Paly, N., Kessler, M. M., Shoemaker, C. G., & Suchla, E. A. (2015). Losing weight on reality TV: A content analysis of the weight loss behaviors and practices portrayed on The Biggest Loser. Journal of Health Communications, 20(6), 639-646.
Voelker, D. K., Reel, J. J., & Greenleaf, C. (2015). Weight status and body image perceptions in adolescents: current perspectives. Adolescent Health, Medicine and Therapeutics, 6, 149.
Greenleaf, C., Petrie, T. A., & Martin, S. B. (2015). Biopsychosocial correlates of dietary intent in middle school girls. Eating Behaviors, 18, 143-146.
Srikanth, S., Petrie, T. A., Greenleaf, C., & Martin, S. B. (2015). The relationship of physical fitness, self-beliefs, and social support to the academic performance of middle school boys and girls. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 35(3), 353-377.
Galli, N., Petrie, T., Reel, J. J., Greenleaf, C., & Carter, J. E. (2015). Psychosocial predictors of drive for muscularity in male collegiate athletes. Body Image, 14, 62-66.
Ruggero, C. J., Petrie, T., Sheinbein, S., Greenleaf, C., & Martin, S. (2015). Cardiorespiratory fitness may help in protecting against depression among middle school adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 57(1), 60-65.
Marczyk Organek, K. D., Taylor, D. J., Petrie, T. A., Martin, S. B., Greenleaf, C., Dietrich, J. R., & Ruiz, J. M. (2015). Adolescent sleep disparities: Gender and racial/ethnic differences. Sleep Health, 1, 36-39.
Greenleaf, C., Petrie, T. A., & Martin, S. B. (2014). Relationship of weight-based teasing and adolescents’ psychological well-being and physical health. Journal of School Health, 84(1), 49-55.
Greenleaf, C. (2014). Contributor to chapter 45: Principles of behavior change: Skill building to promote physical activity.
Gould, D., Voelker, D. K., Damarjian, N., & Greenleaf, C. (2014). Imagery training for peak performance. 3rd ed., 55-82. Washington, DC/American Psychological Association: Exploring sport and exercise psychology.

Honors & Awards

Fellow (2013) The Obesity Society.
Fellow, Research Consortium (2009) American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
Phi Beta Kappa (1994) Bowling Green State University chapter.

Current & Previous Activities

  • Associate Editor (Psychology section) for Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
  • SHI-Behavioral Strategies Committee, America College of Sports Medicine