Fellows Class of 2019
Katie M. Heinrich, PhDKansas State University
Dr. Katie M. Heinrich is an Associate Professor of Exercise Behavioral Science in the Department of Kinesiology at Kansas State University (KSU). She is the Director of the Functional Intensity Training Laboratory (http://bit.ly/fitlab), providing mentoring in applied exercise behavior and obesity research. The FIT Lab also promotes education and service by providing opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to participate in exercise training through K-State CrossFit. Dr. Heinrich is recognized nationally and internationally for her research on high intensity functional training (HIFT), exercise and chronic disease, and the built environment. Her research aims are to study the effects of HIFT on fitness, health and psychosocial outcomes delivered in a group-based context. She focuses on populations across the lifespan including youth, active duty military (www.ksu.edu/athis), healthy adults, overweight/obese adults, and cancer survivors. Dr. Heinrich’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Active Living Research (ALR), the Sunflower Foundation, and the State of Hawai’i Department of Health, for over $3.4 million and she has co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Heinrich has served numerous times as a grant reviewer for the NIH, FEMA, CDC, and ALR and is an Editorial Board Member of Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion and Crossing Borders. Dr. Heinrich has been a full member of the Academy since 2009. After attending her first annual meeting in 2011 and serving as a poster judge, Dr. Heinrich has not looked back. She feels that the key aspects that set apart the Academy from other professional organizations include the breadth of the science, the focus on health behavior theory to improve public health, and the collegial members. Although AAHB is a small organization, members include icons, leaders, and rising stars who have and will continue to shape the field of health behavior.