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Dawn P. Coe, PhD


Associate Professor
Exercise Physiology
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, natural playground physical activity and behaviors, and the impact of physical activity and physical fitness on academic success in children and adolescents.


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 the chair of the Colleges and Universities Education Subcommittee for the National Physical Activity Plan.

Peyer, K.A., Pivarnik, J.M., and D.P. Coe. The relationship among HRpeak, RERpeak, and VO2peak during treadmill testing in girls. Res Q Exerc Sport. 82: 685–692, 2011.

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.

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.

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): 1102-11, 2015.

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