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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)


  • 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 2010 2019

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
Cardiovascular Diseases
Chronic Disease

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

Biomedical Technology Assessment
Open Access
Randomized Controlled Trials
Self Efficacy
Task Performance and Analysis

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

Social Behavior
A 17
Interpersonal Relations

Disordered eating attitudes and behavioral and neuroelectric indices of cognitive flexibility in individuals with overweight and obesity

Edwards, C. G., Walk, A. M., Thompson, S. V., Mullen, S. P., Holscher, H. D. & Khan, N. A., Dec 2018, In : Nutrients. 10, 12, 1902.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

eating disorders
eating habits

Activities 2014 2015

  • 2 Editorial activity

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (Journal)

Sean P Mullen (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

Psychology of Sport and Exercise (Journal)

Sean P Mullen (Editorial board member)

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity