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Department of Kinesiology

Physical Activity Intervention Research Laboratory (PAIR Lab)

Emily Mailey, Ph.D.

Lab Contact Information

Dr. Mailey: emailey@ksu.edu

PAIR Lab: pairlab@gmail.com

Phone: 785-532-7287

Fax: 785-532-6486

Lab Mission

The mission of the Physical Activity Intervention Research Laboratory (PAIR Lab) is to develop and deliver interventions to promote physical activity and reduce inactivity in a variety of populations. The PAIR Lab focuses on teaching individual behavior change strategies and developing support systems to enhance adoption and maintenance of physical activity. In addition, studies examine the social and psychological factors that influence physical activity participation, as well as the influence of physical activity participation on physical and mental health outcomes that impact quality of life. A core goal of the PAIR Lab is to design effective, sustainable interventions that can be adopted and implemented in various settings to have a significant public health impact.


Current research projects

 InDependent: Promoting Military Spouse Health – We are currently conducting formative research to inform the development of a tailored web-based intervention to help military spouses reach their health and wellness goals while balancing the demands of military life.


Recently completed projects

Fit Minded Working Moms This web-based intervention is using engaging podcasts, online discussions and activities to bring working moms together to overcome the challenges of making time for their own health and well-being. Moms who work at least 30 hours per week and have a child age 12 or younger are eligible to participate.

Up4HealthThis study examined the effects of an intervention to reduce sitting time in the workplace on sedentary behavior and health among female sedentary employees. We provided participants with strategies for incorporating activity breaks during the workday. Testing was conducted at the Physical Activity and Nutrition Clinical Research Consortium.

Manhattan Active Moms Study - This study examined the effectiveness of group workshop sessions designed to promote physical activity among new moms.

Understanding Parents’ Motivation - This prospective study was designed to improve our understanding of the factors that influence physical activity behaviors among parents.


Selected Publications

  1. Mailey, E.L., Huberty, J. L., Dinkel, D., & McAuley, E. (2014). Physical activity barriers and facilitators among working mothers and fathers. BMC Public Health, 14, 657. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-657 [link to article]
  2. Mailey, E. L., & McAuley, E. (2014). Impact of a brief exercise intervention on physical activity and social cognitive determinants among working mothers: A randomized trial. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 37, 343-355.doi: 10.1007/s10865-013-9492-y
  3. Mailey, E.L., & McAuley, E. (2014). Physical activity intervention effects on perceived stress in working mothers: The role of self-efficacy. Women & Health, 54, 552-568.


Selected Presentations

  1. Mailey, E. L. Effects of two theory-based interventions on physical activity and fatigue among postpartum mothers. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Antonio, TX, April 2015. [poster 1]
  2. Mailey, E. L., Huberty, J., & Dinkel, D. Perceptions of physical activity among working mothers and fathers: A qualitative study. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, San Diego, CA, May 2014. [poster 2]
  3. Mailey, E. L. Is guilt associated with declines in physical activity across the transition into parenthood? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, April 2014. [poster 3]


Lab Resources

Most of the research conducted in the PAIR Lab takes place in the Physical Activity and Nutrition Clinical Research Consortium (PAN-CRC), which is a collaborative clinical research facility. The PAN-CRC includes a large conference room for group-based workshop sessions, two Precor treadmills and a large group activity room for exercise training studies, and a childcare room to accommodate parents who participate in our research. In addition, the facility includes multiple examination rooms for assessing body composition, measuring cardiorespiratory fitness, processing blood samples, and evaluating a variety of clinical health outcomes.

The PAIR Lab is also equipped with 50 GT3X+ Actigraph accelerometers for objective physical activity assessment and uses Survey Monkey and Qualtrics for online data collection.

Our laboratory has developed a variety of behavior change tools and resources to benefit individuals who are working to adopt and maintain a physically active lifestyle. For a quick overview of strategies busy working professionals can use to fit physical activity into their lives, try this: [Making time for exercise]

Additionally, here are some ideas for incorporating more movement during your workday: [Sit less at work]

We also have handouts that go into greater depth on topics related to physical activity adoption and maintenance. We hope you will find something that interests you.

Redefining exercise: Everything counts!: [Redefining exercise]

Exercise benefits you can enjoy right now: [Exercise benefits you can enjoy right now]

Building exercise confidence: [Exercise confidence]

Setting effective goals: [SMART goal setting]

Overcoming exercise barriers: [Overcoming exercise barriers]

Building a support network: [Social support]

Making physical activity a habit: [Cues to action]

Maintaining a physically activity lifestyle: [Relapse prevention]

Exercises you can do at home: [Exercising at home]


Student Opportunities

The PAIR Lab is currently recruiting graduate and undergraduate students to assist with research projects. Students interested in promoting physical activity and public health will receive hands-on experience developing and conducting physical activity interventions. Students are also encouraged to pursue their own research interests with the support and supervision of Dr. Mailey. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with other students and faculty affiliated with the K-State PAN-CRC. Masters students have the option of pursuing a MS in Kinesiology or a Master’s in Public Health.