Betsy Keller

Professor, Exercise Science and Athletic Training

Betsy Keller

Betsy Keller

Subjects Betsy Keller can address: Relationship between physical activity and the development of obesity in children. Effects of exercise on aging. Optimizing physical function throughout life. Employing principles of occupational physiology to promote health and minimize workplace risks. Her teaching focuses on using physical activity to optimize physical function throughout life. She has articles and papers on the beneficial effects of exercise on pediatric and geriatric populations, and ways of maximizing athletic performance. Recent studies show that the greatest risk for child obesity is an obese parent. Though the link is partly genetic, parents' exercise and eating habits are critical factors, which are a relevant finding, since a significant number of obese parents do not consider their children obese. In addition, Keller studies occupational physiology. Recently, she oversaw a grant-sponsored fitness program that screened local firefighters for potential coronary problems.

Research Focus

  • Physical activity in pediatric and geriatric populations
  • Child obesity prevention
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome and exercise


University of Massachusetts
Ph.D, Exercise Science, University of Massachusetts, 1989

University of Massachusetts
M.S, Exercise Science, 1987

State University of New York, College at Cortland
B.S., Education, 1978