Bass Connections Faculty Team Member. Exercise and Mental Health. 2018 - 2019

Projects & Field Work

Primary Theme: Education & Human Development

Exercise is associated with mental and cognitive health benefits including reduced stress reactivity, depression, anxiety, dementia and ADHD symptoms, as well as improvements in body image, self-esteem and learning. However, exercise is not beneficial to everyone at all times: some individuals exercise to a compulsive degree, experiencing a driven need to exercise beyond mental or physical wellness. Thus, research is needed to determine moderators (e.g., biological, psychosocial and exercise characteristics) of the relationship of exercise on positive mental health. Additionally, more research is needed to examine the appropriate exercise prescription or dose needed for risk reduction or a therapeutic effect. Knowledge of moderators of exercise benefit would help educators tailor exercise programs to those whom would most benefit and design specialized programs for vulnerable individuals.

Service Performed By


  • Bass Connections Faculty Team Member


  • 2018 - 2019

Service or Event Name

  • Exercise and Mental Health