Jennifer Romackreceived a B.A. in physical education from Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY. She earned a M.S. degree in kinesiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Ph.D. in human performance from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Dr. Romack has two research programs, both pertaining to the movement skills of young children. The first program focuses on contributing factors related to children’s risk for becoming overweight or obese. To this end, research questions are framed around social and cultural factors associated with the physical activity preschoolers engage in while attending child care and the link this physical activity has with health outcomes (body composition). The second program focuses on the effect that age and movement experiences have on the neuromuscular control strategies children use to land from various heights.
Dr. Romack is a strong advocate of student engagement in their own learning and with the community. Since 2000, Dr. Romack has supervised over 1900 undergraduate kinesiology majors in service-learning projects designed to meet community-identified physical activity needs. She has served as CSUN’s Director of Community Service-Learning and received the 2006 Faculty Award for Visionary Community Service-Learning.