Children's Institute Staff

Nicole SmithNicole Smith, Ph.D. 

Dr. Nicole J. Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department Kinesiology and Faculty Fellow in the Central California Children’s Institute at California State University, Fresno. She aims to increase physical activity in the population. She does this by preparing teachers to implement evidence-based programs and by engaging in research to understand factors that influence physical activity in school settings. She publishes and presents work on topics including the utility of heart rate monitors and applications; school-based physical activity opportunity, high school physical education, the System for Observing Fitness Instruction Time, physical activity policy. She formerly Coordinated Discovering Obstacles to Physical Education: Do PE! A project funded by Active Living Research ($50K) and was Project Manager for the Physical Education Academy, a component of the Healthy Eaters Lifelong Movers project funded by the Colorado Health Foundation ($3.1M) and implemented in 25 schools in southeastern Colorado. 


Phone: 559.278.2069
Email: njsmith@csufresno.edu