Erin E. Centeio

Erin E. Centeio
Assistant Professor - Physical Education-Physical Activity Leadership
2167 FAB AND Mathaei 257 Building

Office Hours:

  • Monday 2:30 - 4:30pm Matthaei Building Rm 257
  • Wednesday 1:00 - 4:00pm  2167 FAB
  • Or By Appointment
(313) 577-3142

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign


Erin E. Centeio, Ph.D., is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Wayne State University. As a member of the Division of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Studies and as a researcher in the Center for Health and Community Impact she conducts research that focuses on the implementation of healthy school transformations in an urban context. 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 is key to her research. Dr. Centeio has consulted with numerous physical education teachers and school districts to maximize potential for physical activity opportunities. Dr. Centeio is a Co-PI for Building Healthy Communities, which is funded through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. This project focuses on improving the health of students at the elementary level through a comprehensive phsyical activity and healthy eating intervention. Erin also works on increasing physical activity for youth outside of the school setting. Currently, Dr. Centeio is working with Brilliant Detroit to implement physical activity opportunities for youth ages 0-5 in Detroit neighborhoods and also works with Spectrum of Sports and LightUp to offer phsyical activity opportunities for children with disabilities. Dr. Centeio has authored/coauthored over 62 presentations at National and International conferences, as well as published over 20 papers focusing on integrating physical activity into the school setting.

CV (Last update: 2/08/2017): E. Centeio


Program Coordinator - Physical Education-Physical Activity Leadership

Area Of Expertise

  • Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs
  • Healthy School Transformations
  • Physical Education Curriculum
  • Technology in Physical Education
  • Sociocultural Issues in Physical Education
  • Youth physical activity interventions

Research Interests

Erin’s research interests center around increasing youth physical activity with hopes of reducing childhood obesity and risks of chronic disease among urban youth. Dr. Centeio's conducts research in both the school and community settings. Through the school setting she focuses on implementing healthy school transformations and integrating phsycial activity before, during, and afterschool. She seeks to understand the impact that increased physical activity can have on obesity and chronic disease as well as academic outcomes. Erin also works within community settings to design programs that will increase the physical activity levels of youth and their families.

Courses Taught

Physical Education -Physical Activity Leadership Courses

  • KIN 5200
  • KIN 5210
  • KIN 5530
  • KIN 5600
  • KIN 5770
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