Assistant Teaching Professor
Health Sciences Department
Three Parkway Building, Room 9126
Stephen Samendinger received his PhD in kinesiology from Michigan State University. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Masters in nurse anesthesia and practiced as a CRNA and nurse (as well as other clinical and non-clinical roles in healthcare) prior to his focus on studying the psychosocial aspects of physical activity and health.
Research Interests:His research involves studying the effect of group dynamics, self-efficacy, and social influence on healthy lifestyles motivation. His projects have included applying group dynamics to active video games, as well as mobile applications, with real and virtual partners to increase physical activity and enhance health. Other research interests involve understanding differences in motivation by studying how we interpret our social environment and form beliefs and associated conscious and nonconscious goal pursuits.