Shawna  Doerksen 

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Assistant Professor

Contact Information

701B Donald H. Ford Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-867-1751


Ph.D., Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S., Kinesiology, Kansas State University
B.S., Kinesiology, University of Western Ontario

Research Interests

Psychosocial determinants of leisure time physical activity; health and well-being outcomes related to active leisure; promotion of multiple health behaviors using a single intervention.

Selected Publications

Hyde, A. L., Doerksen, S. E., Ribeiro, N. F., & Conroy, D. E. (in press). The independence of implicit and explicit attitudes toward physical activity: Introspective access and attitudinal concordance. Psychology of Sport & Exercise.

Conroy, D. E., Hyde, A. L., Doerksen, S. E., & Ribeiro, N. F. (2010). Implicit attitudes and explicit motivation prospectively predict physical activity. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 39, 112-118. 

Doerksen, S. E., Umstattd, M. R., McAuley, E. (2009). Social cognitive determinants of moderate and vigorous physical activity in college freshmen. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39, 1201-1213.

Motl, R.W., McAuley, E., Doerksen, S.E., Hu, L., Morris, K. S. (2009). Preliminary evidence that self-efficacy predicts physical activity in multiple sclerosis. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 32, 13-20.

McAuley, E., Doerksen, S.E., Morris, K. S., Motl, R. W., Hu, L., Wójcicki, T. R., White, S. M., & Rosengren, K. R. (2008). Pathways from physical activity to quality of life in older women. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 36, 13-20.

Doerksen, S.E., Estabrooks, P.A. (2007). Integrating a fruit and vegetable consumption intervention within a successful community physical activity program. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 4(12).

McAuley E., Morris K. S., Doerksen S. E., Motl R. W., Hu, L., White S. M., Wójcicki T. R., Rosengren, K. (2007). Effects of change in physical activity on physical function limitations in older women: mediating roles of physical function performance and self-efficacy. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 55,1967-73.

Doerksen, S.E., Motl, R.M., McAuley, E.M. (2007). Environmental correlates of walking in multiple sclerosis: A cross-sectional study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 4(49).

Courses Taught

RPTM 277 Recreation for Persons with Disabilities

RPTM 433W Program Evaluation and Research in Recreation Services

RPTM 597 Leisure, Health and Wellness

Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior