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Regenstrief investigator elected vice president of American College of Sports Medicine


INDIANAPOLIS — Regenstrief Institute investigator NiCole R. Keith, Ph.D., an Indiana University Center for Aging Research scientist, has been elected to a three-year term as vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Keith is a physical activity researcher who focuses on health disparities such as race, age and socio-economic status and on preventive health interventions. In addition to her Regenstrief Institute and IU Center for Aging Research appointments, she is an associate professor of kinesiology in the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Dr. Keith has been a member of the American College of Sports Medicine for more than two decades and became a fellow in 2007. She has served on its board of trustees as well as on various committees, including several focusing on health equity and on mentoring. She directs the organization’s Leadership and Diversity Training Program.

The largest sports medicine and exercise science association in the world, the American College of Sport Medicine has more than 50,000 members representing a variety of medical specialties, allied health and scientific disciplines. The organization is dedicated to advancing, integrating and translating scientific research in exercise science and sports medicine to provide educational and practical applications to improve human health, performance and well-being.

Dr. Keith is a founder of Physically Active Residential Communities and Schools, a collaborative effort between the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at IUPUI, Eskenazi Health, the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center and the Indianapolis Public Schools.

She has published numerous papers, received funding from the National Institutes of Health and serves as a peer reviewer for a number of publications including the American Journal of Health Promotion, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Family and Community Health, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Dr. Keith earned a Bachelor of Science in physical education from Howard University, a Master of Science in exercise science from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Connecticut. She also holds a Master of Science in clinical research from Indiana University.

The Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut has named her the Outstanding Kinesiology Professional of 2014.

Dr. Keith begins her American College of Sports Medicine vice presidency on May 31 at the conclusion of the 2014 American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Orlando. The American College of Sports Medicine is headquartered in Indianapolis.