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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Kinesiology

Christine Galvan, Ph.D

  • Education:

University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.

Ph. D. in Sport and Exercise Science, 2004. Area of Concentration: Physical Education Teacher Education and Youth Development.


California State University, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

M.A. in Physical Education, 2000. Area of Concentration: Advanced Studies in Physical Education and the Exploration of Teaching Models and Strategies.                                    


California State University, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

B.S. in Physical Education, Single Subject Credential.


  • Scholarly and Creative Interests:

Dr. Galvan’s community-based research explores ways in which service-learning projects can enhance knowledge for students, underserved youth, faculty, and the community at large. Her research utilizes critical inquiry to focus on effective teaching principles in physical education while serving populations in need. Fitness, nutrition, and personal and social responsibility are the mechanisms used to reach, teach, and empower students. Both qualitative and quantitative paradigms are used to determine program outcomes.


  • Recent Papers and Publications:

Galvan, C. (2008). Game Day at the School (2nd ed.). Simi Valley, CA: Game Day Sport and Education, LLC (In-Press).

Galvan, C., White, M., Mullins, E. (2007). Community-Based Research: Making a

Connection, Making a Difference. California Association of Health, Physical Education, and Dance (CAHPERD). Sacramento, CA.

Galvan, C., Parker, M. (2005). Investigating the Impact of a Service-Learning Course on Teacher Candidates and Underserved Youth. American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD). Chicago, IL.

Stiehl, J. & Galvan, C. (2005). School-Based Physical Activity Programs. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 76(9), 25-31.


  • Service Activities/Awards:

Currently, Dr. Galvan serves on the Committee of Equity and Diversity for the College of Health and Human Services. She also mentors youth in the Long Beach community via extended-day programs.