As a multidisciplinary journal, the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (JAPA) provides researchers and practitioners with up-to-date scientific information that can be applied directly to practice. JAPA focuses on the aging process and the role of physical activity in promoting health and preventing or delaying the onset of disability. JAPA publishes original research articles from contributing authors throughout the world that explore the aging process from psychological, physiological, and sociological perspectives, providing readers with a broader understanding of the multidimensional factors influencing the aging process.
JAPA publishes articles that specifically examine the development, implementation, and evaluation of physical activity programs among older adults. Articles derive from biological, behavioral, and social sciences research, encompassing fields such as medicine, clinical psychology, physical and recreational therapy, health, physical education, and recreation. It is an international gerontology journal that has focuses on physical activity for older adults; hence readers look to it for leading articles in this important research area. The high level of scholarly expertise held by all members of JAPA’s editorial group ensures a rigorous review process and eventual selection of relevant gerontology studies.
JAPA is also published in a digital format, providing online subscribers with the same authoritative content of the print edition but with additional advantages, such as the ability to search entire issues in seconds and access to almost all back issues. The content of the online version of JAPA is available weeks before the print version arrives by mail, and online subscribers can receive each issue's table of contents by e-mail when a new issue is published.
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Diane E. Whaley, PhD, is a professor of educational psychology and applied developmental sciences at the University of Virginia and director of the lifetime physical activity program. She teaches courses in sport and exercise psychology, motivation, and life span development. Diane earned her doctorate in exercise and sport sciences at Oregon State University after receiving her master's and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Whaley’s primary research explores the confluence of social, cognitive, and affective factors on exercise participation and adherence across the life span. She has explored the role of current and future-oriented self-perceptions on exercise behavior, how exercisers judge their ability in their exercise program, and how these thoughts affect current and future exercise behavior. She works extensively in her local community to develop strategies to encourage healthy eating and a physically active lifestyle for individuals and their families. Diane has been involved in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity for over 15 years as a contributing author, reviewer, and, most recently, associate editor.