Dr. Dinkel is passionate about developing and evaluating physical activity initiatives as well as identifying factors that impact children's ability to live a physically active lifestyle. She has a particular interest in exploring how to best promote the development of healthy physical activity habits in early childhood by working with children and their caregivers. Through the years she has worked with a variety of community programs and organizations encouraging people to be more active. Additionally, she has collaborated with other researchers to qualitatively assess factors impacting adherence to physical activity-related protocols and programs.Dr. Dinkel is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, and the International Society of Physical Activity and Health.
Implementing Physical Activity in Diverse Populations; Planning Worksite Wellness Program; Motivation for Physical Activity; Women's Health
Physical activity promotion in girls and other under resourced populations; Promotion of physical activity in early childhood settings; Evaluation of physical activity within childhood obesity programs; Community-based initiatives for improving physical activity; Exploring the impact of physical activity on other developmental outcomes (e.g., motor, cognitive skill development)
UNO Biomechanics & Kinesiology Doctoral Committee; UNMC Institutional Review Board; UNO Graduate Council; Executive Graduate Council
BS, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE, Business Administration/Park & Recreation Management, 2005
MS, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE, Physical Activity in Health Promotion, 2010
Ph D, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research
Dinkel, Danae, Lu, Kelsey, John, Jemima, Snyder, Kailey, Jacobsen, Lisette. A cross-sectional examination of physical activity, sedentary behavior, and sleep between adults with and without children in the home using NHANES, Journal of Physical Activity and Health.
Dinkel, Danae, Snyder, Kailey, Kyvelidou, Natasa, Molfese, Victoria. 2017. He just likes to sit: Mothers’ perceptions of infant obesity and physical activity, BMC Public Health, 17, 585.
Dinkel, Danae, Caspari, Jennifer, Fok, Notice, Maxine, Johnson, David, Watanabe-Galloway, Shinobu, Emerson, Margaret. A qualitative exploration of the feasibility of integrating mental health apps into integrated primary care clinics, Translational Behavioral Medicine.
Dinkel, Danae, Rech, John, Snyder, Kailey. 2020. Exploration parents’ provision of factors related to the establishment of physical activity between normal weight and overweight infants, Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, epub ahead of print.
Dinkel, Danae, Rech, Guo, Yage, Bice, Matthew, Hulse, Emily, Behrends, Donnia, Burger, Christy, Dev, Dipti. Examining differences in achievement of physical activity best practices between urban and rural child care facilities by age, Early Childhood Education Journal. .
Department, College, and University
Exercise Science Doctoral Committee, Committee Chair, 07/20/2016 - present
Institutional Review Board, Committee Member, Serve as member of the IRB, attend meetings (alternating months with Jason Coleman), review protocols as needed, and vote on IRB protocols., 03/03/2016 - present