Research spotlight: Roxane Joens-Matre

Roxane Joens-Matre, Ph.D.
Roxane Joens-Matre, Ph.D.
In memoriam

Dr. Roxane Joens-Matre was an Assistant Professor at Des Moines University in the Master of Public Health Program specializing in health promotion.

Facts about Dr. Joens-Matre:

My Education: Dr. Joens-Matre received her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Physical Education from Iowa State University. She received her Doctor of Philosophy from the Department of Health and Human Performance, behavioral basis of physical activity specialization; minor in psychology from Iowa State University.

Current research projects:

  • Live Healthy America (via grants from the Iowa Sports Foundation and the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation)

    Live Healthy America is a non-profit program that is funded by the Iowa Sports Foundation and the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation. Their goal is to increase awareness of obesity, overweight, and associated conditions and to provide the tools, resources, and technology to assist individuals, organizations, and corporations in creating a culture of wellness.

  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (via an award from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) )

    Heartland Genetics and Newborn Screening Collaborative

    This is a collaborative network of genetics and newborn screening providers, advocates and other stakeholders from Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. It includes health professionals and advocates who promote and improve health through quality medical genetics services, clinical laboratory services, professional and public education, genetics research and public policy.  The major purpose of the collaborative is to improve and expand the capacity of state public health genomics programs and clinical genetics service programs to provide quality screening, testing, diagnostic, counseling, treatment, and management services to those having or at risk for heritable disorders in a way that is culturally sensitive, collaborative, and responsive to our states’ and regional needs.


  • Joens-Matre, R., Welk, G., Calabros, Russell, D., Nicklay, B., & Hensley, L., Rural-Urban Differences in Physical Activity, Physical Fitness, and Overweight Prevalence of Children (2007). Journal of rural Health. In press.
  • Welk, G. & Joens-Matre, R.R. (2007). The Effect of Weight on Self-Concept and Psychosocial Correlates of Physical Activity in Youths. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. In press.
  • Ekkekakis, P., Lind, E., & Joens-Matre, R.R., Hensley, L. (2006). Can self-reported preference for exercise intensity predict physiologically defined self-selected exercise intensity? Res Q Exerc Sport. Mar; 77(1): 81-90.
  • Schaben, J., Welk, G.J., Joens-Matre, R.R., Hensley, L. (2006). The Predictive Utility of the Children’s Physical Activity Correlates (CPAC) Scale Across Multiple Grade Levels. Journal of Health and Physical Activity. 3(1).
  • Lind E, Joens-Matre, R., Ekkekakis P. (2005). What intensity of physical activity do previously sedentary middle-aged women select? Evidence of a coherent pattern from physiological, perceptual, and affective markers. Prev Med. Apr; 40(4):407-19.



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