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Leon Leon Greene

School of Education - Health, Sport, & Exercise Sciences
Associate Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Physical Education and Educational Administration, University of Utah
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Leon Greene served as a faculty member in the Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences Department at The University of Kansas from 1975-2019. From 1973-75, he was on the faculty at the College of Idaho and served as head tennis and ski coach. His early years in education involved teaching science, physical education, and coaching in two different school districts located in Missouri. During his time at KU, he served the department at various times as an Undergraduate Coordinator, Community Health Program Director, and Perceptual Motor Clinic Director. For many years, Leon taught courses for preparing students to enter the health and physical education profession. Other courses that he taught focused on preparing students to assist people with various disabling conditions. During the last several years, he taught courses in the Community Health Program. During his career at KU, Leon was an advisor and mentor to a number of HSES Doctoral students. Leon's research focus over the last 15 years was on the impact of physical activity on the health and academic performance of elementary school children.


Ph.D., Physical Education and Educational Administration, University of Utah

M.Ed., Educational Administration, Drury College

B.A., Physical Education and Biology, Drury College



HSES 214 Physical Education Activities for Elementary School Children

HSES 341 Instructional Strategies in Physical Education for Elementary Classroom Teachers

HSES 680 Adaptive Physical Education and Recreation

Teaching Interests

  • Childhood obesity
  • Physical activity and learning in children
  • Adaptive physical education
  • Health education methods and planning
  • Learning behaviors in children.


Currently examining the impact of physical activity on classroom learning behaviors in 3rd and 4th grade children. Developing physical activity modules children who are ALL cancer survivors. Also, working on research project developing a physically active intervention program for IDD adolescents.

Research Interests

  • Childhood obesity
  • Physical activity and learning. Physical activity for IDD adolescents and adults.


Serve as the HSES Program Director for the Community Health Program.

Selected Publications

Donnelly, J. E., Hillman, C. H., Greene, J. L., Hansen, D. M., Gibson, C. A., Sullivan, D. K., Poggio, J. Mayo, M. Lambourne, L. Hermann, S. Honas, J. j., Scudder, M. R., Betts, J. Henley, K. Hunt, S. L., & Washburn, R. A. (2017). Physical activity and academic achievement across the curriculum: Results from a 3-year cluster-randomized trial. Preventive Medicine.

Ptomey, L. E., Willis, E. Greene, J. L., Danon, J. C., Chumley, T. K., Washburn, R. A., & Donnelly, J. E. (2017). The feasibility of group video conferencing for promotion of physical activity in adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Selected Presentations

Gibson, C. Mount, R. Lowry, B. Lee, J. Greene, J. & Sullivan, D. . (10/01/2017 - 10/31/2017). Feasibility of a tele-video nutrition and physical activity intervention for adult survivors of childhood cancer. Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (October, 2017). Chicago, IL

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