Dr. Dinkel is passionate about developing and evaluating evidence-based physical activity programs 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. 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, and the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. She is also a certified Exercise Physiologist through ACSM.
Implementing Physical Activity in Diverse Populations
Worksite Wellness Program Planning
Current Topics in Weight Management
Motivation for Physical Activity
Physical activity promotion in girls and other under resourced populations
Promotion of physical activity in early childhood settings
Evaluation of physical activity in childhood obesity programs
Community-based initiatives for improving physical activity
Impact of physical activity on motor and cognitive skill development
UNO Exercise Science Doctoral Committee
UNMC Institutional Review Board
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, Lee, Jung-Min, Schaffer, Connie. 2017. Examining the knowledge and capacity of elementary teachers to implement classroom physical activity breaks, International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 9, 1, 182-196.
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, Schaffer, Connie, Snyder, Kailey, Lee, Jung-Min. 2017. They just need to move: Teachers' perceptions of classroom physical activity, Teaching and Teacher Education, 63, 186-95.
Dinkel, Danae, Snyder, Kailey, Molfese, Victoria, Kyvelidou, Natasa. 2017. Postural control strategies differ in healthy weight and overweight infants, Gait & Posture, 55, 157-171.
Dinkel, Danae, Snyder, Kailey, Patterson, Tyler, Warehime, Shane, Kuhn, Miriam, Wisneski, Debora. 2019. An exploration of infant and toddler unstructured outdoor play, European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, epub ahead of print.
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