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, scholarly reviews of literature, and professional application articles from contributing authors throughout the world who 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 examine the development, implementation, and evaluation of physical activity programs among older adults. Articles derive from research in biological, behavioral, and social sciences, encompassing fields such as medicine, clinical psychology, physical and recreational therapy, health, physical education, and recreation. It is an international journal that 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.
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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 in
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.