John Spengler, JD, PhD

John Spengler, JD, PhD


Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences
212 Adriance Lab Rd.
1266 TAMU
College Station, TX   77843-1266

Phone: 979.436.9498
Fax: 979.436.9591

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Education and Training

  • PhD in Health and Human Performance, Indiana University- 1999
  • JD in Law, University of Toledo- 1992
  • MA in Recreation Administration, Clemson University- 1989
  • BS in Exercise Science, Wake Forest University- 1984

Research Interests

  • Active living policy and obesity prevention
  • Legal and policy issues around injury prevention
  • Physical activity and the built environment
  • Risk management policy and implementation in sport and recreation

Brief Biography

Dr. John Spengler serves as professor and head of the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Services. Spengler’s research centers on policy issues around sport and recreation safety, obesity prevention, physical activity policy, and structural environmental factors (social and physical) that influence health. His work at the intersection of health, sport and physical activity has resulted in numerous grant funded projects, over 80 professional publications, two book chapters and four textbooks. He has worked closely with and informed the work of organizations such as the Aspen Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association. Spengler has served as President of the Sport and Recreation Law Association, chaired committees and served on boards of professional associations such as the World Fit Foundation. He was selected as a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor in recognition of outstanding research and scholarly achievements, twice awarded teacher of the year honors for excellence in teaching while at the University of Florida, was a recipient of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame, Fame for Fitness Award in recognition of his research and outreach addressing childhood obesity, and is a recipient of the W.W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indiana University School of Public Health.