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Panteleimon Ekkekakis

Title: Professor
Department: Kinesiology

Office: 0103g Forker 534 Wallace Rd., Ames, IA 50011
Phone number: +1 515 294 8766
Email: ekkekaki@iastate.edu

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Research interests

  • Exercise psychology
  • Affective responses to physical activity of different intensities
  • Individual differences in affective responses to exercise
  • Neurobiological mechanisms of affective responses to exercise


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  • Received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Athens in Greece in 1992, a MS degree from Kansas State University in 1996, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000

  • Started at Iowa State University as an Assistant Professor in 2000, was subsequently promoted to Associate Professor and to Professor.

  • In 2000, received the graduate student research award from the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity

  • In 2003, received the Outstanding Early Research Commendation from the College of Education, Iowa State University

  • In 2005, was elected Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine

  • In 2019, was elected Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology

  • In 2006, received the university-wide Iowa State University Award for Early Achievement in Research

  • Has delivered keynote lectures at the conferences of a broad range of national and international scientific organizations, including: (a) American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in Orlando, FL, (b) North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) in Minneapolis, MN, (c) International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) in Paris, France, (d) Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS) in London, Ontario, (e) European Federation for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (FEPSAC) in Bern, Switzerland, and (f) British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) in Staffordshire, England. 

  • Served two terms as associate editor of the psychology section of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (2005-2011)

  • Serves on the editorial board of several major journals in the field of exercise psychology, including the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology

  • Has co-edited one volume (Psychobiology of Physical Activity, Human Kinetics, 2006), authored a monograph (The Measurement of Affect, Mood, and Emotion: A Guide for Health-Behavioral Research, Cambridge University Press, 2013), and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity and Mental Health (Routledge, 2013)

  • Has been a reviewer for journals from the fields of exercise and sport psychology, exercise science, health psychology, health education, and psychobiology

  • His research is interdisciplinary, spanning the fields of affective psychology, psychometrics, personality and individual differences, psychophysiology, health psychology, behavioral and preventive medicine, applied physiology, and exercise science.

  • Has published in the top journals in the fields of exercise science (e.g., Sports Medicine, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise), preventive and behavioral medicine (e.g., Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Preventive Medicine), psychophysiology (e.g., Psychophysiology, Biological Psychology), and obesity (e.g., Obesity Reviews, Obesity, International Journal of Obesity)

  • His publications are cited by other investigators more than 600 times per year

  • His research has been covered by some of the major news organizations, including Reuters, CNN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Newsday, Runner's World, the Smithsonian magazine, Elle, Allure, Health, Prevention, Shape, Self, etc.