Erin E. Centeio, Ph.D.

Erin E. Centeio, Ph.D.

Associate Professor at The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and CHCI Researcher

Erin E. Centeio, Ph.D.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign


Erin E. Centeio, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Professor in the College of Education, Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science at The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She currently serves as the program coordinator of the Health and Physical Education. Erin obtained her Bachelor and Masters in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin. Erin spent six years at Wayne State University before joining the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Erin’s research focuses on integrating physical activity before, during, and afterschool and understanding the implications of physical activity and fitness on children’s health, as well as the cognitive and psychosocial benefits. As such, she consults with numerous community programmers, physical education teachers and school districts in order to maximize potential for quality physical education and additional opportunities for physical activity before, during and after school. Erin has received research and scholarship awards from SHAPE America, AERA, and AIESEP. She has been a principal/co-investigator on over 3 million dollars in grant funding, authored/coauthored over 86 presentations at National and International conferences, and published 5 book chapters and over 36 peer-reviewed manuscripts focusing on integrating physical activity and healthy eating interventions into school and community settings.
In addition to her scholarship, Erin believes that service to the fields of physical education and physical activity is important. She currently serves as the chair of the Teacher Preparation council at SHAPE America, as well as chair-elect of the AERA SIG 93: Research on Teaching and Instruction in Physical Education. Erin is currently an executive board member of HAHPERD (Hawai‘i association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance and she is also part of local taskforces in the State of Hawaii that focus on decreasing obesity among youth as well as the state association for physical education. She has previously served on committees and taskforces through SHAPE America, as well as within the States of Illinois, Michigan, and Hawai‘i.

Area of Expertise

  • Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs
  • Healthy School Transformations
  • Physical Education Curriculum
  • Technology in Physical Education
  • Sociocultural Issues in Physical Education
  • Youth physical activity interventions

Research Interests

Erin’s research interests center around increasing youth physical activity with hopes of reducing childhood obesity and risks of chronic disease among urban youth. Dr. Centeio's conducts research in both the school and community settings. Through the school setting she focuses on implementing healthy school transformations and integrating phsycial activity before, during, and afterschool. She seeks to understand the impact that increased physical activity can have on obesity and chronic disease as well as academic outcomes. Erin also works within community settings to design programs that will increase the physical activity levels of youth and their families.

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