NiCole Keith, PHD, FACSM

NiCole Keith, PHD, FACSM

  • Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute
  • Center Scientist, Indiana University Center for Aging Research
  • Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Dr. Keith conducts research that evaluates the impact of health promotion activities on delaying decreased fitness and functional decline. More than a decade ago, Dr. Keith co-founded the Indiana University-Physically Active Residential Communities and Schools (PARCS) program that is located on Indianapolis Public School property and provides physical activity opportunities for over 3,000 adults and children living in Indianapolis inner-city communities. She also was the principal investigator of a study to develop a Self-Reported Fitness Survey as a tool to measure physical fitness in middle-aged and older adults without using time, equipment, and expertise resources.

Dr. Keith seeks to use physical activity and fitness as inexpensive and accessible methods of reducing the racial and socio-economic health disparities gaps.

“I saw what physical activity could do to make people healthier in so many ways. I knew I no longer wanted to be a bench scientist but instead, a physical activity researcher.”