Tao Zhang, Ph.D.

Board Member

Dr. Tao Zhang, assistant professor of kinesiology, health promotion and recreation in the College of Education, who joined the UNT faculty in 2009, has made more than 60 research presentations at international and national conferences, published 32 refereed research articles, authored or co-authored more than 45 peer-reviewed research abstracts, conference papers and book chapters, and completed 11 funded research projects in the U.S. and China. His research focuses on supportive physical and social environments, achievement motivation, physical activity, and health outcomes from social, psychological and behavioral perspectives. He was inducted as a Fellow in the Research Consortium of AAHPERD in 2012, and earned the Mabel Lee Award from AAHPERD in 2013. Since 2010, he has received several grants to incorporate emerging technologies into students’ learning. He has already mentored both undergraduate and graduate students who have received state and national awards for their research. He has been a reviewer for 14 scholarly journals and reviewed abstracts at 15 national conferences. He served as the Editorial Board Members for the Journal of American College Health and Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. He has also served on several committees of professional organizations and received the Outstanding Service Award from the International Chinese Society for Physical Activities and Health. Zhang earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Kinesiology from Shanghai University of Sport and a doctoral degree in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University. He was a former lecturer and coach at Shanghai University of Sport and Shanghai Aquatic Sports Center in China, where he led his women’s rowing teams to win two national championships.