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Associate Professor Tao Zhang


Dr 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 and has been at the University of North Texas since that time. He was a former lecturer and coach at Shanghai University of Sport and Shanghai Aquatic Sports Center in China, where he led his women’s rowing teams to win two national championships. As a Kinesiology scholar, Dr. Zhang has made more than 110 research presentations at international and national conferences, published about 50 refereed research articles and book chapters, (co-)authored more than 70 peer-reviewed research abstracts and conference papers, and completed 15 funded research projects in the U.S and China.

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 state, national, and international awards for their research. He earned the Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award from SHAPE America in 2017. Dr. Zhang has been a reviewer for 15 scholarly journals in Kinesiology and Education.

He serves as the Editorial Board Members for the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, Journal of Teaching, Research, and Media in Kinesiology, Journal of American College Health, 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’s Research on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education SIG), and received the Outstanding Service Award from the International Chinese Society for Physical Activities and Health in 2012.