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Research Interests

I am the director of the Exercise Technology & Cognition Laboratory which is housed within the Kinesiology & Community Health Department in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. My research focuses on understanding factors that facilitate long-term physical activity behavior and self-regulation across the lifespan. My lab employs an interdisciplinary, social neuroscience framework to study psychosocial and cognitive antecedents and outcomes of regular exercise. To complement traditional supervised, center-based physical activity interventions, we utilize adjuvant therapies and technology-delivered methods to enhance physical activity and cognitive performance.

Education/Academic qualification

Exercise Psychology, PhD, University of Virginia (UVa)

Award Date: May 10 2009


  • H Social Sciences
  • self-regulation
  • exercise psychology
  • self-efficacy
  • self-perceptions
  • social cognition
  • social neuroscience
  • need for cognition
  • behavioral regulation
  • health behavior maintenance
  • adherence
  • exercise adherence
  • engagement
  • dropout
  • attrition
  • compliance
  • T Technology
  • mHealth
  • mobile health
  • digital health
  • usability
  • technology-based interventions
  • quantified self
  • biometrics
  • wearables
  • gaming
  • gamification
  • virtual reality
  • exergaming
  • exergames
  • videogames
  • smartphones
  • tablets
  • health games
  • mobile games
  • serious games
  • motion capture
  • MoCap
  • Q Science
  • cognitive science
  • exercise neuroscience
  • cognitive control
  • memory
  • memory self-efficacy
  • meta-cognition
  • meta-memory
  • cognitive training
  • executive functioning
  • executive control
  • dual task
  • multi-tasking
  • task-switching
  • attention
  • brain training
  • cognition
  • perception

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Research Output

Open Access
  • A systematic review and meta-analysis of adherence to physical activity interventions among three chronic conditions: Cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes

    Bullard, T., Ji, M., An, R., Trinh, L., MacKenzie, M. & Mullen, S. P., May 24 2019, In : BMC public health. 19, 1, 636.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Editorial: Innovative Applications of Technology for the Assessment and Promotion of Physical Activity

    Mullen, S. P. & Conroy, D. E., Mar 2019, In : Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 41, p. 144-145 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Open Access
  • Development of the great recess framework - Observational tool to measure contextual and behavioral components of elementary school recess

    Massey, W. V., Stellino, M. B., Mullen, S. P., Claassen, J. & Wilkison, M., Mar 22 2018, In : BMC public health. 18, 1, 394.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    • 2 Editorial activity

    Psychology of Sport and Exercise (Journal)

    Sean P Mullen (Editorial board member)


    Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (Journal)

    Sean P Mullen (Peer reviewer)


    Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity