Christy Greenleaf|

Christy Greenleaf, PhD

  • Professor, Kinesiology, ACSM Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist


PhD 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

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.

Reel, J. J., Galli, N., Miyairi, M., Voelker, D., & Greenleaf, C. (2016). Development and validation of the intuitive exercise scale. Eating Behaviors, 22, 129-132.

Greenleaf, C., Petrie, T. A., & Martin, S. B. (2017). Exploring weight-related teasing and depression among overweight and obese adolescents. Revue Européenne de Psychologie Appliquée/European Review of Applied Psychology, 67 (3), 147-153.

Mitchell, S. H., Petrie, T. A., Greenleaf, C. A., & Martin, S. B. (2017). A biopsychosocial model of dietary restraint in early adolescent boys. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 37(5), 593-617.

Greenleaf, C., Klos, L., Hauff, C., Hennum, A., Pozolinski, B., & Serafin, G. (2019). “Unless you puke, faint, or die, keep going!” Exploring weight stigma in the gym on The Biggest Loser. Fat Studies, 8, 110-126.

Rukavina, P., Portman, P., Langdon, J., Greenleaf, C., & Jenkins, J. (2019. Diversity attitude associations in pre-service physical education teachers. Journal of Teaching, Research, and Media in Kinesiology.

Greenleaf, C., Hauff, C., Klos, L., & Serafin, G. (2020). “Fat people exercise too!”: Perceptions and realities of shopping for women’s plus-size exercise apparel. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 38(2), 75-89.

Greenleaf, C., & Hauff, C. (2019). Environments that cultivate embodiment through mindful movement. In T. L. Tylka and N. Piran (Eds.), Handbook of Positive Body Image: Constructs, Protective Factors, and Interventions (pp. 118-128). New York: Oxford University Press.

Hauff, C., & Greenleaf, C. (2021). Exploring plus-size exercise apparel as a social justice issue; Understanding how all pants are NOT created equal. In L. K. Fuller (Ed.), Sportswomen’s Apparel in the United States (pp. 129-151). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Honors & Awards

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
  • Editorial Board, Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal
  • Editorial Board, Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology