My research aims to understand mechanisms by which pregnant and
postpartum women can achieve sufficient levels of physical activity and thereby
obtain an impressive array of health benefits provided to the maternal-fetal
unit.More specifically, I focus my research on the comprehensive understanding of barriers which keep pregnant and postpartum women from being active and on ways to overcome these specific barriers. A secondary focus of my research is to develop more accurate objective methods of pregnancy physical activity assessment to be utilized in intervention studies and also in population-based investigations of pregnancy activity trends. Currently, I direct the Exercise Physiology & Performance Laboratory at Washington State University, where I am a faculty member within both the Kinesiology and Prevention Science Programs. I am an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) at both regional and national levels.