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Division of Kinesiology and Health

College of Health Sciences


Kelly L. Simonton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

(307) 766-5752

Corbett Building, Room 111



Background & Research Interests 

Dr. Kelly Simonton is an Assistant Professor of Physical Education Teaching Education in the Division of Kinesiology and Health at the University of Wyoming. His research focus revolves around achievement motivation in physical education and physical activity, specifically as it relates to student and teacher emotions and their motivational effects. His primary interests involve understanding the influence of emotion and motivation as well as the essential antecedents and outcomes of emotions in these settings. Subsequently, his research includes exploration into understanding teacher effectiveness, student value, and behavioral outcomes. Other interests include secondary Physical Education curriculum development and Physical Education Teacher Education training.


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Ph.D. Louisiana State University- Kinesiology (emphasis in Pedagogical and Psychological Science)

M.S. Louisiana State University- Kinesiology (emphasis in Pedagogical and Psychological Science)

B.S. University of Wyoming- Kinesiology (emphasis in Physical Education Teaching)



Recent Publications:

Simonton, K. L., Washburn, N. S., Prior, L., Shiver, V. N., Fullerton, S., & Gaudreault, K. L. (In press). A retrospective study on students’ perceived experiences in physical education: Exploring beliefs, emotions, and physical activity outcomes. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education.

Simonton, K. L., & Layne, T. E., Brown, B., & Loupe, K. (In press). Physical education teacher experiences through the lens of a pandemic: Putting a spotlight on teacher beliefs, practices, emotions, and well-being. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education.

Simonton, K. L., Garn, A. C., & Mercier, K. (In press). Expanding the discrete emotions in physical education scale (DEPES): Evaluating emotions with behavior and learning. Research Quarterly in Exercise and Sport.

Simonton, K. L., & Garn, A. C. (2022). Emotion and motivation consequences of attributional training during a novel physical task. Research Quarterly in Exercise and Sport, 93, 219-229.

Simonton, K. L., Gaudreault, K. L., & Olive C. (2022). Examining marginality, isolation, and emotions and their relationship with physical educator intrapersonal job beliefs. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 41, 364-373.

Simonton, K. L., Richards, K. A. R., & Washburn, N. S. (2021). Understanding emotion in physical education teaching: A conceptual framework for research and practice. Quest, 73, 306-322.

Simonton, K. L., Mercier, K., Centeio, E., Barcelona, J., Phillips, S., & Garn, A. C. (2021). Development of Youth Physical Activity Attitude Scale (YPAAS) for elementary and middle school students. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 25, 110-126.


Research Grants:

2022-23 Early Career Research Grant, The Spectrum Institute for Teaching and Learning (SITL) Grants Program. $5,000.00. (PI: Dr. Kelly Simonton; Co-PI: Dr. Kanae Haneishi).

2022 Presidential Scholar Research Grant Award, Selected by the President of the University of Wyoming and the College of Health Sciences, University of Wyoming. $5,000.00.

2022-24 Wyoming Department of Education- ESSER II SEA Reserve SEL and Mental Health Initiative Grant, The UW Physical Activity and Social-Emotional Learning

(PASEL) Program for Elementary Students. $235,143.00. (PI: Dr. Kelly Simonton; Co-PI: Dr. Victoria Shiver).



  • KIN 5018 Psychology of Teaching Physical Education

  • KIN 3015 Laboratory II Practicum Teaching

  • KIN 3011 Methods of Teaching and Curriculum in Physical Education

  • KIN 2000 Movement Core I: Invasion and Striking/Fielding Games



2021-Present Section Editor, Physical Education Pedagogy, Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science (MPEES)

2021-Present Editorial Board Member, Journal of Teaching in Physical Education (JTPE)

2021-Present Board Member, Wyoming Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (WAHPERD)

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