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Eloise Elliott, PhD

Ware Distinguished Professor

Professional Highlights

  • Ware Distinguished Professor in the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences since 2009
  • Co-Author of the book, Teaching Children and Adolescents Physical Education (Graham, Elliott, Palmer, 2016) 
  • Recent Honors: Research Fellow, Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) America (2017), Outstanding WVU CPASS Grantsperson Award (2019), Chair, U.S. President’s Council for Fitness, Sport, and Nutrition Science Board (2017) 


  • PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • MA, Physical Education, Salem-Teikyo University
  • BS, Elementary Education, Concord College


  • Ware Distinguished Professor, 2009-present
  • Research Fellow, Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) America, 2017
  • Outstanding WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Grantsperson Award, 2019
  • Chair, U.S. President’s Council for Fitness, Sport and Nutrition Science Board, 2017

Research Interests

  • Physical activity and children/families
  • School-based physical activity/physical education practices and interventions
  • Population health promotion in communities
  • Childhood obesity
  • Primary Focus: Development, implementation and evaluation of interventional strategies to change behaviors related to physical activity and healthful living

Biographical Sketch

In the role as the Ware Distinguished Professor in the College of Applied Human Sciences (CAHS) at West Virginia University, Dr. Eloise Elliotts's primary focus is on outreach and research that will improve the health and well-being of the citizens of West Virginia, with a particular interest in children and their families. Noted leadership roles include the development and implementation of population-based interventions, including the first WV Physical Activity Plan (, two statewide Physical Activity Symposiums to improve physical activity participation and healthy living in children, adolescents and families in school and community settings.

Elliott has developed and currently maintains Active Academics (, a nationally-recognized web-based resource for K-8 classroom teachers to integrate physical activity throughout the school day. She serves as the co-director of the WV CARDIAC Project, a statewide children’s health surveillance and intervention initiative, in collaboration with the WVU School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. Most recently, she co-chaired the Center for Active WV, to provide an effective statewide physical activity framework to promote population sector input and collaboration, facilitate physical activity research among multidisciplinary teams and guide state and local policy and practice.

She has had many opportunities to serve on state and national committees, including serving as a member to a 3-year term on the U.S. President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board. Elliott currently teaches doctoral level courses in the Coaching and Teaching Studies Program in CAHS: Curriculum and Evaluation and Dissertation Seminar.