School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Professional Summary

  • 2013-present, Assistant Professor, School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • 2008-2013, Graduate Assistant; University of Nebraska at Omaha


  • 2013, PhD Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • 2010, MS Physical Activity in Health Promotion, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • 2005, BS Business Administration/Park and Recreation Management, University of Nebraska at Kearney

Research interests 

Dr. Dinkel’s research interests include working with community organizations to promote physical activity in underserved populations. Specifically, she is interested in exploring factors and identifying avenues to increase girls’ physical activity. Additionally she is interested in evaluating the effectiveness of existing physical activity programs.

Selected Publications

  • Wolcott (Dinkel), D., Huberty, J., McIlvain, H., Rosenkranz, R., & Stacy, R. (2011). Changing health behaviors: Exploring families’ participation in a family-based community intervention for overweight/obese children. Childhood Obesity. 7(3), 206-214.
  • Dinkel, D., Eylers, D., & Huberty, J. (2011). Adherence to exercise: Helping your clients stay active. In: ACSM’s Resources for the Personal Trainer (4th ed). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Huberty, J., Dinkel, D., Coleman, J., Beighle, A., & Apenteng, B. (2012). The role of schools in youth physical activity participation: Staff perceptions. Health Education Research. 27(6): 986-95.
  • Huberty, J., Dinkel, D., Beets, M., & Coleman, J. (2013). Determining the use of the internet for health, physical activity, and nutrition information in pregnant women. Maternal and Child Health. 17(8), 1363-72.
  • Huberty, J., Dinkel D., & Beets, M. (In press). Are practitioner-based programs effective in improving physical activity?: Evaluation of GoGirlGo!. BMC Public Health.

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine

Contact Danae Dinkel
Danae Dinkel, PhD

University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge St. HPER 207Q
Omaha, NE, 68182
Phone: 402-554-3259