Luciana Zuest, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Contact Info

Burdick Hall, 121 Q
Tues. 11-1 p.m. or by appointment


Ph.D., Kinesiology- Coaching and Teaching Studies, West Virginia University, 2014

M.Ed., International Education, Framingham State University, 2009

B.A., Physical Education, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 2001

Areas of Expertise

Physical Education Curriculum and Instruction
Physical Activity in Public Health

Dr. Luciana Zuest joined the Department of Kinesiology in 2021. She is an expert in physical education pedagogy and certified in public health. Dr. Zuest has been preparing physical educators since 2011 and has taught K-12 physical education for close to ten years in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, her hometown. Her scholarly work focuses on curriculum and instruction in physical education and young people’s health and wellbeing. Dr. Zuest’s overall research goal is to support young people in accepting, respecting, and appreciating their bodies. Her current research work examines weight stigma in physical activity settings.

Select Publications

  • Lee, S., Zuest, L., Leedeman, J, Li, S., & Clifford, D. (2021). Health and weight attitudes of university recreation center leaders. Journal of American College Health.
  • Zuest, L., (2020). Physical activity experiences of adolescent girls living in a rural community. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 28(2), 161-172. DOI:
  • Jones, E.M., Zuest, L., Bulger, S.M., Elliott, E., Cho, K., & Lilly, C. (2020). Initial findings of a multi-component school health intervention in rural Appalachia: The Greenbrier CHOICES Project. Health Education and Behavior, 47(2), 332-343.

Courses Taught 

  • KNES 310 Assessment in Physical Education
  • KNES 324 Teaching Physical Education in Elementary School