Dr. Waldron received her Ph.D. in Developmental Kinesiology from Michigan State University and her Master’s degree in Kinesiology from Bowling Green State University. She specializes in the psycho-social aspects of sport and exercise and teaches classes in this area, as well as the graduate research methods class. She is also affiliated with the Women and Gender Studies Program on campus. Dr. Waldron has served on numerous graduate student thesis and research committees since she has been at UNI, as well as leading undergraduate research teams.
As a former high school and collegiate athlete, she has always been interested in the experiences individuals have in sport and physical activity. From these movement experiences, her mixed-methodology research examines potentially health-compromising behaviors in physical activity, which includes disordered eating behaviors, body image concerns, and most recently hazing, in order to make physical activity environments healthier places. Dr. Waldron also has an interest in women in sport and physical activity, and often uses a feminist lens.
Dr. Waldron is a Research Consortium Fellow with AAHPERD. She was awarded the Mabel Lee Award for Young Professionals, given to young professionals who have the potential to make great contributions to the field of health, physical education, recreation, and dance, and received the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence at UNI.