Darla M. Castelli, Ph.D., is an associate professor of physical education pedagogy in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin. She has been working with school-age youth in physical activity settings for more than 20 years, leading several physical activity interventions. Dr. Castelli has been named Maine Physical Education Teacher of the Year and is a recipient of the University of Illinois Teaching Excellence Award.
Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Dietetic Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. She has presented her work at U.S. Senate and congressional briefings in support of the FIT Kids Act. Dr. Castelli is currently a member of two Institute of Medicine committees, on Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes in Youth and Physical Activity and Physical Education in the School Environment. She received a B.S. from Plymouth State University, an M.S. from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.Robert and Augusta P. Finkelstein Memorial Lecture