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Elise Kearns, PT, PhD Candidate
Office Location: 

Room 204P Wethington Building

900 South Limestone Street

Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0200

Office Phone Number: 
(859) 323-8245
Position Title: 


Ms. Kearns received her Bachelor of Science in Health and Sport Studies from Miami University in 2000 and Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002.  After practicing in pediatrics in a variety of settings for 12 years, she was an assistant professor of exercise science at Asbury University from 2014-2018 and is a PhD candidate in the Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences program at the University of Kentucky.  


  • physical activity in public elementary schools
  • implementation science
  • pediatric obesity

Educational Focus

  • Pediatrics
  • Health and wellness
  • Cardiopulmonary


Ms. Kearns enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, golf, cycling, and any outdoor/sports activity.

Recent Publications

Kearns NE.  How small policy changes can transform the implementation of physical activity minutes in Kentucky public schools:  A white paper.  Journal of School Health. (Accepted).

Kearns NE, Dupont-Versteegden EE, Kleinert JO.  Implementing multi-level school-based physical activity interventions using core implementation components model.  Journal of School Health.  2019;89(5):427-431.