Gabriella Maria Mcloughlin

Assistant Professor
Pearson-McGonigle Hall #242


Dr. Gabriella McLoughlin is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Public Health at Temple University. She received a master's and doctoral degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012-2018), before working at Iowa State University as a postdoctoral research associate (2018-2020), leading projects on childhood obesity prevention and school wellness programming. Dr. McLoughlin received in-depth training in implementation science in chronic disease prevention as a research associate at Washington University in St. Louis. Current applications of implementation science reflect a variety of topics pertaining to health disparities in cancer prevention, addressing food insecurity in underserved communities, school health policy implementation, and community approaches to obesity prevention more broadly. Dr. McLoughlin is deeply committed to improving implementation of evidence-based policies and programs that address health equity through pragmatic approaches.


  • PhD, Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MS, Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • BS, Sport and Exercise Science, Leeds Metropolitan University (UK)

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




KINS 4290

Special Topics in Kinesiology


Selected Publications

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Burgeson, C., Papa, J., & Moore, J.B. (2022). Opportunities for Policy Implementation and Advocacy. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 93(5), pp. 43-50. Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/07303084.2022.2053485

  • McLoughlin, G.M. & Martinez, O. (2022). Dissemination and Implementation Science to Advance Health Equity: An Imperative for Systemic Change. Commonhealth (Phila), 3(2), pp. 75-86. United States. Retrieved from

  • Lee, J.A., McLoughlin, G.M., & Welk, G.J. (2022). School Wellness Environments: Perceptions Versus Realities. J Sch Nurs, 38(3), pp. 241-248. United States. doi: 10.1177/1059840520924453

  • Singleton, C.R., Winata, F., Roehll, A.M., Adamu, I., & McLoughlin, G.M. (2022). Community-Level Factors Associated With Geographic Access to Food Retailers Offering Nutrition Incentives in Chicago, Illinois. Prev Chronic Dis, 19, p. E07. United States. doi: 10.5888/pcd19.210211

  • Rosenkranz, R.R., Dixon, P.M., Dzewaltowski, D.A., McLoughlin, G.M., Lee, J.A., Chen, S., Vazou, S., Lanningham-Foster, L.M., Gentile, D.A., & Welk, G.J. (2021). A cluster-randomized trial comparing two SWITCH implementation support strategies for school wellness intervention effectiveness. J Sport Health Sci. China. doi: 10.1016/j.jshs.2021.12.001

  • McLoughlin, G.M. & Graber, K.C. (2021). The Contribution of Physical Education to Physical Activity Within a Comprehensive School Health Promotion Program. Res Q Exerc Sport, 92(4), pp. 669-679. United States. doi: 10.1080/02701367.2020.1765952

  • Webster, C.A., McLoughlin, G., Starrett, A., Papa, J., Erwin, H., Reed, J.A., Carson, R.L., & Burgeson, C. (2021). Parents' Perceptions and Engagement Regarding School-Based Physical Activity Promotion. Am J Health Promot, 35(8), pp. 1125-1128. United States. doi: 10.1177/08901171211020987

  • Welk, G.J., Saint-Maurice, P.F., Dixon, P.M., Hibbing, P.R., Bai, Y., McLoughlin, G.M., & Silva, M.P.d.a. (2021). Calibration of the Online Youth Activity Profile Assessment for School-Based Applications. Journal for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour, 4(3), pp. 236-246. Human Kinetics. doi: 10.1123/jmpb.2020-0048

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Allen, P., Walsh-Bailey, C., & Brownson, R.C. (2021). A systematic review of school health policy measurement tools: implementation determinants and outcomes. Implement Sci Commun, 2(1), p. 67. England. doi: 10.1186/s43058-021-00169-y

  • Vazou, S., Bai, Y., McLoughlin, G.M., & Welk, G.J. (2021). Self-Regulations for Educators Questionnaire (SREQ) for implementation programming. Transl Behav Med, 11(5), pp. 1078-1087. England. doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibaa092

  • Bai, Y., Mcloughlin, G.M., & Welk, G.J. (2021). School Implementation of Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Programs: Results From the NFL Play 60 FitnessGram (R) Partnership Project Phase III. RESEARCH QUARTERLY for EXERCISE and SPORT, 92, pp. A75-A75. Retrieved from

  • Cohen, J.F.W., Hecht, A.A., McLoughlin, G.M., Turner, L., & Schwartz, M.B. (2021). Universal School Meals and Associations with Student Participation, Attendance, Academic Performance, Diet Quality, Food Security, and Body Mass Index: A Systematic Review. Nutrients, 13(3). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/nu13030911

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Massey, W.V., Lane, H.G., Calvert, H.G., Turner, L., & Hager, E.R. (2021). Recess as a practical strategy to implement the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model in schools. Health Education Journal, 80(2), pp. 199-209. doi: 10.1177/0017896920959359

  • Keye, S.A., Walk, A.M., Cannavale, C.N., Iwinski, S., McLoughlin, G.M., Steinberg, L.G., & Khan, N.A. (2021). Six-Minute Walking Test Performance Relates to Neurocognitive Abilities in Preschoolers. J Clin Med, 10(4). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/jcm10040584

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Vazou, S., Liechty, L., Torbert, A., Lanningham-Foster, L., Rosenkranz, R.R., & Welk, G.J. (2021). Transdisciplinary Approaches for the Dissemination of the SWITCH School Wellness Initiative Through a Distributed 4-H/Extension Network. Child and Youth Care Forum, 50(1), pp. 99-120. doi: 10.1007/s10566-020-09556-3

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Candal, P., Vazou, S., Lee, J.A., Dzewaltowski, D.A., Rosenkranz, R.R., Lanningham-Foster, L., Gentile, D.A., Liechty, L., Chen, S., & Welk, G.J. (2020). Evaluating the implementation of the SWITCH® school wellness intervention and capacity-building process through multiple methods. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 17(1), p. 162. England. doi: 10.1186/s12966-020-01070-y

  • McLoughlin, G.M., McCarthy, J.A., McGuirt, J.T., Singleton, C.R., Dunn, C.G., & Gadhoke, P. (2020). Addressing Food Insecurity through a Health Equity Lens: a Case Study of Large Urban School Districts during the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Urban Health, 97(6), pp. 759-775. United States. doi: 10.1007/s11524-020-00476-0

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Fleischhacker, S., Hecht, A.A., McGuirt, J., Vega, C., Read, M., Colón-Ramos, U., & Dunn, C.G. (2020). Feeding Students During COVID-19-Related School Closures: A Nationwide Assessment of Initial Responses. J Nutr Educ Behav, 52(12), pp. 1120-1130. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2020.09.018

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Wiedenman, E.M., Gehlert, S., & Brownson, R.C. (2020). Looking beyond the Lamppost: Population-Level Primary Prevention of Breast Cancer. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 17(23). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17238720

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Turner, L., Leider, J., Piekarz-Porter, E., & Chriqui, J.F. (2020). Assessing the Relationship between District and State Policies and School Nutrition Promotion-Related Practices in the United States. Nutrients, 12(8). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/nu12082356

  • Chen, S., Rosenkranz, R.R., McLoughlin, G.M., Vazou, S., Lanningham-Foster, L., Gentile, D.A., & Dzewaltowski, D.A. (2020). Evaluating the Implementation and Effectiveness of the SWITCH-MS: An Ecological, Multi-Component Adolescent Obesity Prevention Intervention. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 17(15). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17155401

  • DeShaw, K.J., Ellingson, L.D., McLoughlin, G.M., & Welk, G.J. (2020). Dissemination Of Motivational Interviewing Training: Use In Extension Outreach And School Health Programming. MEDICINE and SCIENCE in SPORTS and EXERCISE, 52(17), pp. 573-573. Retrieved from

  • Bai, Y., Mcloughlin, G.M., & Welk, G.J. (2020). Individual Fitness Longitudinal Changes From the NFL PLAY 60 FitnessGram Partnership Project Impact Phase. RESEARCH QUARTERLY for EXERCISE and SPORT, 91, pp. A73-A73. Retrieved from

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Bai, Y., & Welk, G.J. (2020). Longitudinal Associations between Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement in Youth. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 52(3), pp. 616-622. United States. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002159

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Templin, T., Graber, K.C., Woods, A.M., Metzler, M., & Khan, N.A. (2020). The status of physical education within a nationally recognized school health and wellness program. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 39(2), pp. 274-283. doi: 10.1123/JTPE.2019-0052

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Richards, K.A.R., & Ivy, V.N. (2019). A Longitudinal Study of the Transition from Doctoral Student to Faculty Member in Physical Education. Res Q Exerc Sport, 90(4), pp. 699-711. United States. doi: 10.1080/02701367.2019.1645940

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Rosenkranz, R.R., Lee, J.A., Wolff, M.M., Chen, S., Dzewaltowski, D.A., Vazou, S., Lanningham-Foster, L., Gentile, D.A., Rosen, M.S., & Welk, G.J. (2019). The Importance of Self-Monitoring for Behavior Change in Youth: Findings from the SWITCH® School Wellness Feasibility Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 16(20). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16203806

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Edwards, C.G., Jones, A., Chojnacki, M.R., Baumgartner, N.W., Walk, A.D., Woods, A.M., Graber, K.C., & Khan, N.A. (2019). School Lunch Timing and Children's Physical Activity During Recess: An Exploratory Study. J Nutr Educ Behav, 51(5), pp. 616-622. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2019.01.006

  • Mcloughlin, G.M. & Graber, K.C. (2019). The Role of Physical Education Within a Comprehensive School Health Promotion Program. RESEARCH QUARTERLY for EXERCISE and SPORT, 90, pp. A99-A99. Retrieved from

  • Mcloughlin, G.M., Foster, L.L., Gentile, D., Vazou, S., Wolff, M., Liechty, L., Torbert, A., Welk, G.J., Lee, J., Chen, S., Dzewaltowski, D., & Rosenkranz, R. (2019). School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health (SWITCH): A Model for Training and Dissemination. RESEARCH QUARTERLY for EXERCISE and SPORT, 90, pp. A87-A88. Retrieved from

  • Khan, N.A., Cannavale, C., Iwinski, S., Liu, R., McLoughlin, G.M., Steinberg, L.G., & Walk, A.M. (2019). Visceral Adiposity and Diet Quality Are Differentially Associated With Cognitive Abilities and Early Academic Skills Among Preschool-Age Children. Front Pediatr, 7, p. 548. Switzerland. doi: 10.3389/fped.2019.00548

  • Ensign, J., Woods, A.M., Kulinna, P.H., & McLoughlin, G. (2018). The teaching performance of first-year physical educators. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 23(6), pp. 592-608. Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/17408989.2018.1485140

  • Woods, A.M., McLoughlin, G.M., Kern, B.D., & Graber, K.C. (2018). What's Physical Activity Got to Do With It? Social Trends in Less Active Students at Recess. J Sch Health, 88(7), pp. 500-507. United States. doi: 10.1111/josh.12637

  • McLoughlin, G.M., McLoughlin, G.M., Richards, K.A.R., & Ivy, T.N. (2018). Transitioning From Doctoral Student to Faculty Member in Physical Education. RESEARCH QUARTERLY for EXERCISE and SPORT, 89, pp. A164-A165. Retrieved from

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Edwards, C.G., Covello, A.R., Walk, A.M., Woods, A.M., Graber, K.C., & Khan, N.A. (2018). Recess Physical Activity: Associations Between Behavior, Executive Function, and Temperament. RESEARCH QUARTERLY for EXERCISE and SPORT, 89, pp. A73-A74. Retrieved from

  • Mcloughlin, G.M. & Lynch, S. (2018). Optimizing the learning environment for students in physical education: Integrating theories of motivation. The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education & Recreation (ACHPER) Healthy Lives Magazine, 25(1), pp. 35-40.

  • Richards, K.A.R., McLoughlin, G.M., Gaudreault, K.L., & Shiver, V.N. (2018). Perceptions of the Physical Education Doctoral Experience: Does Previous Teaching Experience Matter? The Physical Educator, 75(2), pp. 255-281. Sagamore Publishing, LLC. doi: 10.18666/tpe-2018-v75-i2-7686

  • Kern, B.D., Graber, K.C., Shen, S.a., Hillman, C.H., & McLoughlin, G. (2018). Association of School-Based Physical Activity Opportunities, Socioeconomic Status, and Third-Grade Reading. J Sch Health, 88(1), pp. 34-43. United States. doi: 10.1111/josh.12581

  • McLoughlin, G., Fecske, C.W., Castaneda, Y., Gwin, C., & Graber, K. (2017). Sport Participation for Elite Athletes With Physical Disabilities: Motivations, Barriers, and Facilitators. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 34(4), pp. 421-441. Human Kinetics. doi: 10.1123/apaq.2016-0127

  • Richards, K., McLoughlin, G.M., Ivy, V.N., & Gaudreault, K.L. (2017). Understanding physical education doctoral students' perspectives of socialization. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 36(4), pp. 510-520. doi: 10.1123/jtpe.2016-0165

  • McLoughlin, G.M. & Richards, K.A.R. (2017). Physical Education Graduate Students’ Perceptions of Institutional and Relational Factors. International Journal of Kinesiology in Higher Education, 1(3), pp. 75-88. Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/24711616.2017.1297660

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Covello, A., Edwards, C., Baumgartner, N., Curran, M., Burkhalter, T., Graber, K., Woods, A.M., & Khan, N. (2017). The Influence Of Contextual Factors On Recess Physical Activity Among Elementary School Children. MEDICINE and SCIENCE in SPORTS and EXERCISE, 49(5), pp. 883-883. doi: 10.1249/01.mss.0000519394.74280.2b

  • Marttinen, R.H.J., McLoughlin, G., Fredrick, R., & Novak, D. (2017). Integration and Physical Education: A Review of Research. Quest, 69(1), pp. 37-49. Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/00336297.2016.1150864

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Woods, A.M., Graber, K.C., & Khan, N.A. (2017). Effects of Recess Timing on Physical Activity and Nutritional Intake. RESEARCH QUARTERLY for EXERCISE and SPORT, 88, pp. A78-A79. Retrieved from

  • Woods, A.M., Kern, B.D., McLoughlin, G.M., & Graber, K.C. (2016). Social Influence on School Recess Physical Activity. Health Behavior and Policy Review, 3(2), pp. 99-109. Paris Scholar Publishing. doi: 10.14485/hbpr.3.2.2

  • Kern, B.D., McLoughlin, G.M., & Graber, K.C. (2016). In-School Physical Activity Moderates Socioeconomic Status and 3rd-Grade Reading Relationship. RESEARCH QUARTERLY for EXERCISE and SPORT, 87, pp. A44-A45. Retrieved from

  • McLoughlin, G.M. & Woods, A.M. (2015). National Teachers of the Year Outcome Priorities: Influence of Experience. RESEARCH QUARTERLY for EXERCISE and SPORT, 86, pp. A136-A136. Retrieved from

  • McLoughlin, G.M. & Graber, K.C. (2015). Children's Physical Activity and Nutritional Status and Perceptions of Lifestyle. RESEARCH QUARTERLY for EXERCISE and SPORT, 86, pp. A57-A57. Retrieved from

  • Nicholson, G., Mcloughlin, G., Bissas, A., & Ispoglou, T. (2014). Do the Acute Biochemical and Neuromuscular Responses Justify the Classification of Strength- and Hypertrophy-Type Resistance Exercise? Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28(11), pp. 3188-3199. Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health). doi: 10.1519/jsc.0000000000000519

  • Pilar, M., Elwy, A.R., Lushniak, L., Huang, G., McLoughlin, G.M., Hooley, C., Nadesan-Reddy, N., Sandler, B., Moshabela, M., Alonge, O., Geng, E., & Proctor, E. A Perspective on Implementation Outcomes and Strategies to Promote the Uptake of COVID-19 Vaccines. Frontiers in Health Services, 2. Frontiers Media SA. doi: 10.3389/frhs.2022.897227

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Sweeney, R., Liechty, L., Lee, J.A., Rosenkranz, R.R., & Welk, G.J. Evaluation of a Large-Scale School Wellness Intervention Through the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR): Implications for Dissemination and Sustainability. Frontiers in Health Services, 2. Frontiers Media SA. doi: 10.3389/frhs.2022.881639

  • Wright, P.M., Howell, S., Jacobs, J., & McLoughlin, G. Implementation and perceived benefits of an after-school soccer program designed to promote social and emotional learning. Journal of Amateur Sport, 6(1), pp. 125-145. The University of Kansas. doi: 10.17161/jas.v6i1.8635