NiCole Keith, Ph.D.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis


NiCole Keith, Ph.D., FACSM is a Research Scientist at the Indiana University Center for Aging Research, a Regenstrief Investigator, a Professor of Kinesiology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She was the 2014-2016 Vice-President of ACSM and serves on ACSM’s ‘Exercise is Medicine’ and ‘American Fitness Index’ Advisory Boards as well as several other national committees. She is co-founder of the Physically Active Residential Communities and Schools (or PARCS program). This partnership exists between Indianapolis Schools, Eskenazi Health System and its federally-qualified Health Center and IUPUI has offered service learning opportunities to over 1,000 IUPUI kinesiology students since 2002. This award-winning program also provides exercise opportunities for over 4,000 adults and children living in Indianapolis inner-city communities.

Dr. Keith serves on the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) Executive Committee, established by an alliance of national organizations that have come together to promote physical activity in the American population. She chairs the NPAP Diversity Committee responsible for examining the NPAP with a special focus on issues related to health disparities and equity across all plan sectors. Her current research examines ways to improve physical fitness and health as individuals age. Dr. Keith is dedicated to research that increases physical activity participation, improves fitness and positively influences health outcomes for socio-economically challenged community residents.