Kelly McNeil, Ph.D.

Physical Activity and Health Faculty

  • PH.D. in Health Promotion: Oregon State University
  • MS in Health and Exercise Science: University of Oklahoma
  • BS in Health and Human Performance: University of Montana





Kelly McNeil, is the primary advisor and professor for the Health and Wellness concentration in the Physical Activity and Health program. Her classes prepare students with an in-depth knowledge of the role of program planning and behavior theory in the development of health programs designed to improve both individual and community health.  Dr. McNeil’s professional experience began at the Missoula City-County Health Department, working in tobacco control and active living. Her research involves examining the link between physical activity and obesity in young children; the association between physical activity and nutrition-related policies and practices on health behaviors in preschool children in family child-care homes.  Dr. McNeil has and is currently working on the use of community based participatory research strategies to support physical activity in diverse communities as well as using the outdoor natural environment for physical activity promotion and obesity treatment in adolescents.   Her experience as an obesity prevention practitioner combined with her research experience and teaching, provides her with a unique perspective on promotion of activity by children.

Personal interests include skiing, biking, running, hiking and just about anything outside and active.

Courses Taught
HWS 412 Program Planning and Evaluation
HWS 452 Physical Activity and Chronic Disease
HWS 351 Community and Social Skills for Healthy Living
HWS 422 Gerontology and Aging
HWS 423 Aging and Society
HWS 350 Lifestyle Behavior and Health
HWS 250 Personal Skills for Healthy Living
HWS 289 Health and Fitness
HWS 198 Outdoor Lifestyle Physical Activity