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Karen S. Meaney, Ed.D

Karen S. Meaney, Ed.D,  Professor



  • Ed.D University of Houston, Physical Education
  • M.Ed. University of Houston, Physical Education
  • B.S. University of Dayton, Physical Education

Contact: or 512-245-2952

Dr. Meaney joined the faculty in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University in the Fall of 2009. Previously, Dr. Meaney served as a faculty member at Texas Tech University and Associate Director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center. Texas State’s commitment to community outreach and service-learning enables her to continue service-learning research focused on promoting physical activity with underserved youth through innovative service-learning programs. Dr. Meaney is a Fellow in the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance and a recipient of the Lolas A. Halverson Young Investigator Award. Dr. Meaney instructs graduate and undergraduate courses in the area of physical education-teacher education. Her passion for and commitment to excellence in teaching has been recognized at the department, university, and national levels. Dr. Meaney Currently serves as the Graduate Coordinator for the Exercise Science Division, as well as, the Coordinator for the Physical Education Teacher Education program.

Recent Publications

Cervantes, C., & Meaney, K. S. (2013). Examining service-learning literature in physical education teacher education: Recommendations for practice and research. Quest, 65, 1-22

Griffin, L. K., Meaney, K. S., & Hart, M. A. (2013). The impact of a mastery motivational climate in obese and overweight children’s commitment to and enjoyment of physical activity. American Journal of Health Education, 44, 1-8.

Meaney, K. S., Housman, J., Cavazos, A., & Wilcox, M. (2012). Examining service-learning in a graduate physical education teacher education course. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 12(3). 108-124.

Housman, J., Meaney, K. S., Wilcox, M., & Cavazos, A. (2012). The impact of service-learning on health education students’ cultural competence. American Journal of Health Education, 42(5), 269-278.

Meaney, K. S., & Hamilton, M. (2012). Creating new pathways through service-learning: Fun & Fit 4 Life. Campus to Community Coalition Texas, Spring 2012, 16-20.