Jeffrey Gehris

Associate Professor of Instruction
251 Pearson Hall


Jeffrey S. Gehris, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology. He instructs courses in the BS in kinesiology degree focused on physical activity and public health. Dr. Gehris's research interests focus on the role of movement experiences in human health and well-being, including the area of trauma-informed practice.


  • PhD, Kinesiology, Temple University
  • MEd, Physical Education, Temple University
  • BS, Accounting, Villanova University

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




KINS 1201

Introduction to Kinesiology in Public Health


KINS 2204

Motor Behavior


KINS 2501

Physical Activity Across the Lifespan


KINS 3101

Historical and Philosophical Dimensions of Physical Activity


KINS 3501

Research Methods in Kinesiology


KINS 4501

Program Planning and Leading Physical Activity and Fitness


Selected Publications

  • Gehris, J.S., Simpson, A.C., Baert, H., Robinson, L.E., MacDonald, M., Clements, R., Logan, S., & Schneider, S. (2018). Resource to Share with Parents: Helping Your Child Develop Physical Literacy. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 89(6), pp. 50-59. doi: 10.1080/07303084.2018.1478559

  • Whitaker, R.C. & Gehris, J.S. (2015). Increasing Movement to Promote Health and Learning in Early Childhood. NAM Perspectives, 5(4). doi: 10.31478/201504g

  • Gehris, J.S., Gooze, R.A., & Whitaker, R.C. (2015). Teachers' perceptions about children's movement and learning in early childhood education programmes. Child Care Health Dev, 41(1), pp. 122-131. England. doi: 10.1111/cch.12136

  • Gehris, J.S. (2014). It's About the Relationships. Journal of Physical Education Recreation & Dance, 85(5), pp. 5-7. doi: 10.1080/07303084.2014.897564

  • Gehris, J., Myers, E., & Whitaker, R. (2012). Physical activity levels during adventure-physical education lessons. European Physical Education Review, 18(2), pp. 245-257. doi: 10.1177/1356336X12440365

  • Gehris, J.S., Gooze, R.A., & Whitaker, R.C. (2012). Perceptions of Head Start Teachers About Children's Physical Activity. RESEARCH QUARTERLY for EXERCISE and SPORT, 83, pp. A96-A96. Retrieved from

  • Gehris, J., Kress, J., & Swalm, R. (2010). Students' views on physical development and physical self-concept in adventure-physical education. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 29(2), pp. 146-166. doi: 10.1123/jtpe.29.2.146