COE Faculty and Staff > Kinesiology and Rehabilitation
Science > Erin E. Centeio

  • No Photo AvailableErin E. Centeio

    Assistant Professor


    • Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science


    • 2005 Bachelor of Science Kinesiology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • 2008 Master of Science Kinesiology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • 2012 Doctor of Philosophy Curriculum and Instruction University of Texas at Austin

    Area(s) of Interest

    • Relationship between physical activity and academic achievement
    • Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs
    • Physical Education

    Brief Biography

    Erin E. Centeio, Ph.D., is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Education, Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Over the last six years, in conjunction with the Center for Health and Community Impact at Wayne State University, Erin has conducted research that focuses on increasing children’s levels of physical activity throughout the school day and understanding the effects this has on their health, as well as the cognitive and psychosocial benefits. Dr. Centeio has consulted with numerous physical education teachers and school districts to maximize potential for physical activity opportunities and quality physical education in the schools. A current grant that Dr. Centeio is working on is called Dearborn SHINES. It is funded through the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and Beaumont Health; it focuses on creating a culture of health in eight elementary and middle schools within the Dearborn Public School district in Michigan. Erin also works with the Kids Work It Out program that is implemented in Detroit Public Schools and focuses on providing students with the opportunity to engage in yoga as well as learn social emotional and healthy eating skills. Dr. Centeio has authored/coauthored over 68 presentations at National and International conferences, as well as published over 27 papers focusing on integrating physical activity into the school setting. Erin is excited to enter her first year at the University of Hawaii and is seeking to better understand the culture of physical education and physical activity in the State.

    Contact Information

    Office Phone


    PE Athletic Complex



    No home page provided.

    Curriculum Vitae


    Scholarly Works

      Journal Articles

    • Centeio, E. E., Barcelona, J., Kaszeta, K., & McCaughtry, N. (2018). Building Healthy Communities: Creating policy to sustain school change. Journal of Youth Development, 13(3) , 176–190.
    • Centeio, E. E., McCaughtry, N., Moore, E. W. G., Kulik, N., Martin, J., Shen, B., … Fahlman, M. (2018). Building healthy communities: A comprehensive school health program to prevent obesity in elementary schools. Preventive Medicine, 111, 210–215.
    • Centeio, E. E., Somers, C., Moore, E. W. G., Kulik, N., Garn, A., Martin, J., & McCaughtry, N. (2018). Relationship Between Academic Achievement and Healthy School Transformations in Urban Elementary Schools in the United States. . Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 23, 402–417.
    • Centeio, E. E., Duncan-Cance, J., Barcelona, J., & Castelli, D. (2018). Relationship between health risk and school attendance among adolescents. . American Journal of Health Education, 49, 28–32.
    • Shen, B., Centeio, E. E., McCaughtry, N., Martin, J., Somers, C., & Kulik, N. (2018). Parental social support, perceived competence and enjoyment in school physical activity. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 7(3), 346–352.
    • Centeio, E. E. (2017). The have and have nots: An ever-present digital divide. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 88, 11–12.
    • Centeio, E. E., Whalen, L., Thomas, E. M., Kulik, N., & McCaughtry, N. (2017). Using yoga to reduce stress and bullying behaviors among urban youth. Health, 9, 409–424.
    • Centeio, E. E., & McCaughtry, N. (2017). Implementing CSPAP: A Wayne State University Case Study. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 88, 42–49.
    • Garn, A., Morin, A. J., Martin, J., Centeio, E. E., Shen, B., Kulik, N., … McCaughtry, N. (2016). A reciprocal effects model of children’s body fat self concept: Relations with physical self-concept and physical activity. The Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 38, 255–267.
    • Martin, J., Byrd, B., Garn, A., McCaughtry, N., Kulik, N., & Centeio, E. E. (2016). Predicting social responsibility and belonging in urban after school physical activity programs with underserved children. The Urban Review, 48, 403–418.
    • Somers, C., Centeio, E. E., Kulik, N., Garn, A., Shen, B., Fahlman, M., & McCaughtry, N. (2016). Academic and psychosocial outcomes of a physical activity program with fourth graders: Variations among schools in six urban school districts. Urban Education, Online first.
    • Whalen, L., McCaughtry, N., Garn, A., Kulik, N., Centeio, E. E., Maljak, K., … Martin, J. (2016). Why inner-city high-school students attend after-school physical activity clubs. Health Education Journal, 75(6) , 639–651.
    • Glowacki, E. M., Centeio, E. E., Van Dongen, D. J., Carson, R. L., & Castelli, D. M. (2016). Health Promotion Efforts as Predictors of Physical Activity in Schools: An Application of the Diffusion of Innovations Model. Journal of School Health, 86(6), 399–406.
    • Gutuskey, L., McCaughtry, N., Shen, B., Centeio, E. E., & Garn, A. (2016). The Role and Impact of Student Leadership on Participants in a Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Programme. Health Education Journal, 75, 27–37.
    • Garn, A., Centeio, E. E., Shen, B., Martin, J., & McCaughtry, N. (2016). A moderated mediation analysis of children’s physical activity enjoyment. Journal of Positive Psychology, 11, 428–438.
    • Centeio, E. E., Whalen, L., Kulik, N., Thomas, E. M., & McCaughtry, N. (2015). Understanding stress and aggression among urban youth. The Journal of Yoga and Physical Therapy, 5, 187.
    • Kulik, N., Somers, C., Thomas, E., Martin, J., Centeio, E. E., Garn, A., … McCaughtry, N. (2015). Source and Type of Support for In-School Physical Activity: Differential Patterns for Demographic Subgroups. American Journal of Health Education, 46(5), 301–309.
    • Castelli, D. M., Centeio, E. E., Beighle, A., Carson, R., & Nicksic, H. (2014). Physical literacy and comprehensive school physical activity programs. Preventive Medicine, 66, 95–100.
    • Centeio, E. E., McCaughtry, N., Gutuskey, L., Garn, A., Somers, C., Shen, B., … Kulik, N. (2014). Physical activity change through comprehensive school physical activity programs in urban elementary schools. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 33(4), 573–591.
    • Centeio, E. E., Erwin, H., & Castelli, D. (2014). Comprehensive school physical activity programs: Characteristics of trained teachers. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 33(4), 492–510.
    • Erwin, H., Beets, M. W., Centeio, E. E., & Morrow, J. R. (2014). Best practices and recommendations for increasing physical activity in youth. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 85(7), 27–34.
    • Castelli, D. M., Centeio, E. E., Hwang, J., Barcelona, J. M., Gloawacki, E., Calvert, H. G., & Nicksic, H. M. (2014). VII. The history of physical activity and academic performance research: Informing the future. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 79, 119–148.
    • Castelli, D. M., Centeio, E. E., & Nicksic, H. (2013). Preparing educators to promote physical activity in schools. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 7(5), 324–332.
    • Heidorn, B., & Centeio, E. E. (2012). Director of physical activity, staff involvement. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 83(7) , 13–19.
    • Castelli, D. M., Centeio, E. E., Boehrnesen, H., Barclay, D., & Bundy, C. (2012). Collaboration between universities and public schools to achieve sustained reform and professional development, school and university partnerships: The wizard, the warrior, and the wagoner. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 83(9), 15–18.
    • Keating, X., Castro-Pinero, J., Centeio, E. E., Harrison, L., Ramirez, T., & Chen, L. (2010). Health-related fitness knowledge and its relation to student physical activity patterns at a large U.S. southern state university. Journal of Research, 5(2) , 3–9.