Kyle McInnis

Academic Title

  • Professor and Dean, Health Sciences

Administrative Support

  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Physical Activity Promotion

I have published more than 100 scientific papers and given hundreds of presentations related to my work in areas such as child obesity, clinical exercise testing, chronic-disease prevention and medical emergency preparedness in the exercise setting. My professional experience includes clinical and community-based research projects involving strategies aimed at increasing physical activity in children and adults from underserved communities. My professional affiliations and collaborations on research-based programs have included the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Cancer Center, Boston University Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Boston and the program in nutritional metabolism at Massachusetts General Hospital. As an innovator, I have helped lead the way for using exercise technologies to improve health in children. A focus of this work is the Active Science program, a mobile application and cloud-based data system that allows children to track and use their own movement data to improve physical activity and learn science concepts. The program is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is used across the United States, including at over 125 YMCA programs.

  • Sc.D. Applied Anatomy and Physiology Boston University
  • M.S. Exercise Science Springfield College
  • B.S. Biology UMass Lowell
  • Exercise and Cardiac Emergency Preparedness in the Fitness Setting
  • Improving Physical Activity in Children
  • Obesity Prevention and Treatment
  • Technology-Based Strategies to Promote Physical Activity and Academic Achievement

Finn, K., Yan, Z., and McInnis, K. (2017). “Promoting Physical Activity and Science Learning in an Outdoor Education Program.” Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Finn, K., Yan, Z., and McInnis, K. (2017). “Active Science Pilot Study: A Multisite, Controlled Trial to Promote Physical Activity and Science Learning Among Children.” Journal of Behavioral Health 6(1), pp 47-51.

Finn, K., Yan, Z., and McInnis, K. (2015). “Active Science: Integrating Physical Activity and Science Learning into the Afterschool Environment.” American Journal of Health Education, 6 (5), pp 323-328.

“American College of Sports Medicine’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription” (10th ed.) 2016. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. (McInnis K - Contributing Editor).

McCormack S, McCarthy M, Harrington S, Farilla L, McInnis K, Grinspoon S, Fleischman A. “Effects of Exercise Training on Insulin Resistance in Children and Adolescents.” Pediatric Academic Societies. 1513: 236, 2013.

Yan Z, Finn K, McInnis K. “Promoting Science Performance During Physical Activity Among Hispanic Children: A Pilot Study.” Am J Pub Health. 2013.

McInnis K and Faigenbaum A. “Evaluation of Fitness: Muscular Strength and Endurance.” In: Health Fitness Instructor’s Handbook (6th Edition). Howley E and Franks D. (2011). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Faigenbaum A and McInnis K. “Exercise Prescription: Muscular Strength and Endurance.” In: Health Fitness Instructor’s Handbook (6th Edition). Howley E and Franks D. (2011).

McInnis KJ and Percoco L. “Role of Physical Activity to Reduce Obesity and Improve Academic Performance in School-Age Children and Adolescents.” In: The Dimensions of PE and Health: An Introduction to the Discipline. Sullivan E. and Ciccomascolo. Jones and bartlett Publishers, LLC. Boston MA. (2011).

Tharret S, McInnis K, Peterson J. “ACSM’s Health and Fitness Facilities Standards and Guidelines” (3rd edition). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. 2006.

McInnis K, Turgiss J, Murray S, Herbert W, Franklin B. “Reversing Sudden Cardiac Death in Health Clubs: Success of AEDs and Emergency Preparedness.” Circulation108(17): 737-738, 2003.

  • Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future Champion Award, U.S. Surgeon General, 2008
  • New England American College of Sports Medicine Honor Award, American College of Sports Medicine, 2006
  • Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine, 2005