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Tao Zhang

Associate Professor
Tao Zhang

Director of the Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory

Ph.D., 2009, Louisiana State University
Physical Education Building 210-B
940-565-3415

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Tao Zhang earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Kinesiology from Shanghai University of Sport, and his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University in 2009. He has been at the University of North Texas since that time. 

As a Kinesiology scholar, Dr. Zhang has made more than 150 research presentations at international, national and state conferences, published more than 80 refereed research articles and book chapters, (co-)authored about 100 peer-reviewed research abstracts and conference papers, and completed about 20 funded research projects. His research focuses on supportive physical activity environments, achievement motivation, and youth physical activity and health promotion from social, psychological, pedagogical, and behavioral perspectives. 

He was inducted as a Research Fellow in the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) in 2012, and earned the Mabel Lee Award from SHAPE America in 2013. Since 2010, he has already mentored both undergraduate and graduate students who have received over 25 state, national, and international awards for their research. He earned the Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award from SHAPE America in 2017. 

Dr. Zhang serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Journal of Teaching, Research, and Media in Kinesiology, and Editorial Board Members for the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education and Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. He has also served on several committees of professional organizations (American College of Sports Medicine, SHAPE America, and American Educational Research Association). Recently, Dr. Zhang was inducted as a Fellow of American College of Sports Medicine in 2020, and earned the Joy of Effort Award from SHAPE America in 2020.