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About Yong Gao

Dr. Yong Gao joined the faculty of the Department of Kinesiology at Boise State University in 2008, after earning a Ph.D. in Measurement & Evaluation, Department of Kinesiology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She also holds an M.Ed. in Health and Exercise Science from Shanghai Institute of Physical Education, and a Diploma in Medicine from the Medical College of Wuhan University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China.
Dr. Gao's research includes: (1) the evaluation of measurement issues in health and physical activity research, (2) the evaluation of existing tools and instruments using advanced measurement methods, and (3) the development of new, more culturally sensitive and accurate measures and methodologies to assess physical activity and health outcomes among minority groups. In addition to publishing, and presenting her findings, Dr. Gao has served on an expert panel for the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the Center for Disease Control (March, 2011), as Member-at-large of the Executive Committee for the International Chinese Society for Physical Activities and Health (ICSPAH), and in various capacities for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.


2008 - Present Associate Professor, Boise State University Department of Kinesiology

Curriculum Vitae


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Professional Service and Affiliations

2021 - Present Editorial Board Member, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
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Honors and Awards

  • 2007 - M&E Graduate Student Scholarship, AAHPERD, USA
  • 2007 - Robert L. Sprague Thesis Award, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, UIUC
  • 2008 - Research Consortium's Graduate Student Award, AAHPERD, USA
  • 2018 - Measurement and Evaluation Honor Award, Society of Health and Physical Educators America (SHAPE America)
  • 2022 - Reviewer of the Year, "Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science" Journal


  • KINES 301 - Measurement & Evaluation in Kinesiology
  • KINES/HEALTH 482 - Research Methods in Health
  • KINES 551 - Research Methods in Kinesiology
  • KINES/HEALTH 552 - Applied Statistical Methods

Contact Information

Phone: 208-426-4864
Fax: 208-426-1894

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