Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences

Karen A. Croteau Ed.D., F.A.C.S.M.



Gorham campus - 222 John Mitchell Center

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Contact Information

Phone: 207-780-4653

Dr. Croteau is a Professor in the Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences in the College of Science, Technology, and Health (CSTH). Her primary teaching responsibilities lie in the newly CAAHEP-accredited Health Fitness major.

Dr. Croteau's research focus lies primarily in pedometer-assessed physical activity and pedometer-based physical activity interventions: for youth, adults and older adults, in school, worksite, hospital, primary care, and community settings. She is also a research associate with the Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition (CPAN) at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand.

Dr. Croteau is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is currently the Maine State Representative for the Shares Program. She serves on the Maine Governor's Council for Physical Activity and has been involved in program development and evaluation of the Council's Maine in Motion pedometer program.

Dr. Croteau recently received a travel grant from the John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund to collaborate on a research project at the University of Western Sydney in Australia. This project will form the basis for her Spring, 2012 sabbatical and is titled, "Walk 2.0: Using Web 2.0 applications to promote health-related physical activity."

Research Interests

Pedometer-Assessed Physical Activity & Pedometer-Based Physical Activity Interventions for the following populations & settings: elderly, chronic illness, primary care setting, population-wide, hospitals, workplace

Recent Publications

Tudor-Locke, C., Craig, C., Aoyagi, Y., Bassett, D.R., Bell, R, Croteau, K.A., et al. (2011). How many steps are enough? For older adults and special populations. Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 8: 80.

Croteau, K.A., Schofield, G., & Towle, G. (2011). Pedometer-determined physical activity of western Kenyan schoolchildren. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 8: 824-826.

Richeson, N.R., & Croteau, K.A. (2011). Pedometer walking program for older adults with early-stage dementia. Activities Directors' Quarterly for Alzheimer's & Other Dementia Patients, 11(4): 18-28.

Faculty Research

In this video highlighting faculty research at USM, Dr. Christopher Scott discusses his research regarding consumption of oxygen during exercise.

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