Brianna Leitzelar

Brianna Leitzelar

Dr. Brianna Leitzelar is a 2021 graduate of the Department of Kinesiology who studied exercise psychology under Dr. Kelli Koltyn. She obtained a BA in exercise science from St. Olaf College, a MS in physical education, sport and exercise science from Ball State University, and a MA in counseling from Ball State University.  During her time in the PhD program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she has worked to understand the psychobiological responses to physical activity as well as translating a sedentary behavior intervention to older adults across Wisconsin. Her dissertation is entitled “Feasibility Acceptability and Effectiveness of a ‘Stand Up and Move More’ Intervention for African American Elders.” Bri is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Public Health Sciences-Social Sciences at Wake Forest Baptist Health at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.


Best Clinical Science Early Career Poster, American Pain Society, American Pain Society Scientific Meeting, April 2019
Dr. Raymond A. Weiss Research Endowment, 2018


Leitzelar, Crombie, Brelenthin, Ellingson, & Koltyn (2018, May). Reducing sedentary behavior and improving physical function in older adults. Poster session presented at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN.


Summer Graduate Student, Summer Internship Program, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, PI: Dr. Catherine Bushnell, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, 2018

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