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Dawn P. Coe, PhD

Associate Professor
HPER 341


KNS 365 Pediatric Exercise Science
KNS 480 Physiology of Exercise
KNS 565 Advanced Exercise Physiology

Dawn Coe’s research focuses primarily on pediatric exercise physiology. Coe’s research agenda includes physical activity assessment in youth, physical activity levels and behaviors in outdoor settings, and the impact of physical activity and physical fitness on cognition and academic success in youth.


PhD Michigan State University Kinesiology
MA Central Michigan University Physical Education & Sport
BS University of Michigan Kinesiology

Dawn Coe is actively involved with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine (NASPEM). Coe is a Fellow of ACSM and is a Certified ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist. She also serves on several national ACSM committees and is a member of the Colleges and Universities Education Subcommittee for the National Physical Activity Plan and the president-elect of NASPEM.

Coe, D.P. Pivarnik, J.M., Womack, C.J., Reeves, M.J., and R.M. Malina.  Health-related fitness and academic achievement in middle school students.  J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 52(6): 654-60, 2012.

Tyo, B., Bassett, D.R., Coe, D.P., Feito, Y., and D.L. Thompson.  Effects of BMI on waist-mounted pedometers in early adolescents under free-living conditions. Med Sci Sports Exerc.  45(3):569-74, 2013. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3182746aa5.

Scott, S.N., Thompson, D.L., and D.P. Coe.  The ability of the PACER to elicit peak exercise response in youth.  Med Sci Sports Exerc. 45(6):1139-1143, 2013.  doi: 1249/MSS.0b013e318281e4a8.

Coe, D.P., Peterson, T.H., Blair, C.L., Schutten, M.C., and H. Peddie.  Academic achievement, fitness, and socioeconomic status in school-aged youth. J Sch Health. 83(7):500-507, 2013.

Flynn, J.I., Coe, D.P., Larsen, C., Rider, B.C., Conger, S.A, and D.R. Bassett, Jr.  Detecting indoor and outdoor environments using the ActiGraph GT3X+ light sensor in children.  Med Sci Sport Exerc. Jan;46(1):201-6, 2014. doi:10.1249/MSS.0b013e3182a388c0.

Marshall, M., Coe, D. P., and J.M. Pivarnik.   Development of a prediction model to predict VO2peak in adolescent females using the Bruce protocol.  Res Q Sport Exerc. 85(2): 251-256, 2014. doi: 10.1080/02701367.2014.893053.

J. Desendorf, D.R. Bassett, Jr., H.A. Raynor, and D.P. Coe. Validity of the Bite Counter device in a controlled laboratory setting. Eat Behav. 15(3): 502-4, 2014.

MacArthur, B., Coe, D.P., A. Sweet, and H.A. Raynor.  Active video gaming compared to unstructured, outdoor play in young children: Percent time in moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity and estimated energy expenditure. Games Health J.  3(6): 388-394, 2014.  doi: 10.1089/g4h.2014.0017.

Coe, D.P., Flynn, J.I., Wolff, D.L., Durham, R.S., and S.N. Scott. Children’s physical activity levels in a traditional versus natural playground setting. Children, Youth and Environments Journal. 24(3): 1-15, 2014.

D.R. Bassett, John, D., Conger, S.A., Fitzhugh, E.C., and D.P. Coe.  Trends in physical activity and sedentary behaviors of U.S. youth.  J Phys Act Health.12(8): 1102-1111, 2015. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2014-0050

Flynn, J.I., Bassett, D.R., Fouts, H.N., Thompson, D.L., and D.P. Coe. Active Families in the Great Outdoors: A program to promote family outdoor physical activity.  Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. 17(3): 227-238, 2017.  DOI:10.1080/14729679.2017.1291355.

Coe, D.P., Conger, S.A., Kendrick, J.M., Howard, B.C., Thompson, D. L., and J.D. White.  Effect of an Acute, Postprandial Bout of Moderate Intensity Walking on Glucose Levels in Women with Gestational Diabetes.  Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. Dec 22, 2017.

Moran, M.J., Brookshire, R.A., Coe, D.P., Oody, J.F., and M.J. Green.  Partners through Playgrounds: Building A Play Community.  Children, Youth and Environments. In Press.

Nocera, V.G., Wozencroft, A.J., and D.P. Coe.  A Systematic Review of the Effect of Physical Activity on Cognitive Performance in Youth with Down Syndrome. Am J Recreat Therapy. In Press.

Scott, S.N., Springer, C.M., Flynn, J.I., McClanahan, M.S. Wiseman, B.D., T.J. Kybartas, and D.P. Coe.  Development and Validation of a PACER Prediction Equation for VO2peak in 10-15-year-old youth. Ped Exerc Sci. In Press.

Coe, D.P. Means of Optimizing Physical Activity in the Preschool Environment.  Am J Lifestyle Med.  In Press.