Kent Lorenz

Contact Information

Phone: 
415-338-1559

Office Information: 

Building: 
Gym
Room Number: 
128

Biography

Kent A. Lorenz is an assistant professor of Physical Education and Physical Activity in the Department of Kinesiology at San Francisco State University.  He completed a PhD in Physical Education and a graduate certificate in Statistics from Arizona State University, along with a Master's of Science in Exercise Physiology from San Diego State University and undergraduate degrees in Education and Physical Education from the University of Alberta.  His research interests are centered around creating positive environments for physical education and physical activity in schools using the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program guidelines and a behavioral ecological support framework.  As a result of his research during his doctoral program, Kent was co-recipient of the inaugural Thomas L. McKenzie Outstanding Graduate Research Award from the Southwest District of SHAPE America in 2014.

 

Research Lab

Dr. Lorenz conducts his research in school-setting; both during class and out-of-class physical activity opportunities.  He uses systematic observation and developed an observation instrument to assess the environmental characteristics of school settings that promote and reinforce physical activity (System for Observing Behavioral Ecology of Youth in Schools; SOBEYS) in conjunction with physical activity measures, including (System for Observing Play and Leisure Activity in Youth [SOPLAY]; McKenzie et al., 2000), pedometers and accelerometers. In addition, Dr. Lorenz and Dr. Jimmy Bagley of San Francisco State University are in the process of creating a Strength Lab to improve the instructional characteristics of new Kinesiology professionals and measure physical and muscular changes in response to resistance training.

 

Projects

Dr. Lorenz is currently collaborating with researchers at Arizona State University to investigate comprehensive school physical activity programs and conceptual physical education (e.g., Fitness for Life, Corbin et al., 2010) in rural schools in Arizona.  As a faculty member at San Francisco State University, he is developing research projects in cooperation with the San Francisco Unified School District to increase physical activity opportunities within and outside of class time.

 

Team

I am fortunate to be able to work with Dr. Claudia Guedes, Dr. Jihyun Lee, Dr. Jimmy Bagley, Dr. Nicole Bolter, and Dr. Susan Zeiff at San Francisco State University, plus Dr. Hans van der Mars, Dr. Pamela Hodges Kulinna, and Dr. Barbara Ainsworth at Arizona State University, and Dr. Mel Hovell at San Diego State University.

 

Please contact Dr. Lorenz if you are interested in working together on a project, or if you would like additional information.

Kent A. Lorenz, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Assistant Professor
San Francisco State University
Department of Kinesiology
1600 Holloway Avenue - Gym 128
San Francisco, CA 94132-4161

Office: (415) 338-1559

Email: kalorenz@sfsu.edu

 

Selected Publications

  • Lorenz, K.A., Stylianou, M., Moore, S., & Kulinna, P.H. (2016). Does fitness make the grade? The relationship between elementary students' physical fitness and gradesHealth Education Journal. 1-11.

  • Lorenz, K.A., van der Mars, H., Kulinna, P.H., Ainsworth, B.E., & Hovell, M.F. (2016, in review). Developing the System for Observing Behavioral Ecology for Youth in Schools (SOBEYS) Instrument. Journal of School Health.

  • Jordan, M. E., Lorenz, K.A., Stylianou, M., & Kulinna, P.H. (2016). Examining student social capital in a comprehensive school-based health intervention. Journal of Classroom Interaction, 51(2), 36-49.

  • Mulhearn, S.C., Kulinna, P.H., & Lorenz, K.A. (2016, in press). Harvesting harmony: Mindfulness in the classroom. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance.

  • Hodges, M. (60%), Lee, C. (15%), Lorenz, K.A. (20%), & Cipriani, D. (5%) (2015). Review of the PE Metrics cognitive assessment tool for fifth grade students. Biomedical Human Kinetics, 7, 119-125.

 

Selected Presentations

  • Lorenz, K.A., Stylianou, M., & Kulinna, P.H., Yu, H., Moss, R., Conrad, C., & Mohan, A. (2016, April). Teachers' Motivation and Comprehensive School Physical Activity programs. Paper accepted for presentation at the 2016 Society of Health and Physical Educators America Convention.

  • Lorenz, K.A., Kulinna, P.H., Stylianou, M., Moss, R., Conrad, C., Mohan, A., & Yu, H. (2016, April). Health Ecology and Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs. Paper accepted for presentation at the 2016 Society of Health and Physical Educators America Convention.

  • Kulinna, P.H., Stylianou, M., Lorenz, K.A., Conrad, C., Moss, R., Yu, H., & Mohan, A.  (2016, April). Physical Activity Leaders Perceptions of Comprehensive School Physical Activity programs. Paper accepted for presentation at the 2016 Society of Health and Physical Educators America Convention.

  • Stylianou, M., Kulinna, P.H., Lorenz, K.A, Jordan, M., McCray, B., & Mohen, A. (2016, April). Instruments to Measure Social Capital in CSPAP programs. Paper accepted for presentation as part of a symposium at the 2016 Society of Health and Physical Educators America Convention.

  • Lorenz, K.A., Stylianou, M., Kulinna, P. H., McCray, B., Sanders, D., & Phelps, A. (2015, March). Changes in healthy behavior knowledge of rural students. Paper accepted for presentation at the 2015 Society of Health and Physical Educators America Convention, Seattle, WA.

  • Stylianou, M., Lorenz, K.A., & Kulinna, P. H. (2015, March).  What do stakeholders think? Perceptions of a whole-school health program. Paper accepted for presentation at the 2015 Society of Health and Physical Educators America Convention, Seattle, WA.

  • Kulinna, P.H., Lorenz, K.A., & Stylianou, M. (2015, March). Outcomes from a couple of CSPAP studies. To be presented as part of a half day CSPAP workshop at the 2015 Society of Health and Physical Educators America Convention, Seattle, WA.

  • Kulinna, P. H., Stylianou, M., & Lorenz, K.A. (2015, March). Training teachers and implementation of CSPAP components. Paper accepted for a symposium presentation at the 2015 Society of Health and Physical Educators America Convention, Seattle, WA.

 

Books

  • Wilson, J., & Lorenz, K.A. (2015). Modeling Correlated Binary Data using SAS, SPSS and R. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.