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Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Director, Applied Health Sciences

Health Sciences Campus, Lake Shore Campus

Faculty photo for Kiley Tyler
  • I serve as an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and the Graduate Program Director of Exercise Science for the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, where I teach, research, and serve my community. My area of scholarship pertains to physical activity, and community-based programming for children and adults with disabilities which accompanies my teaching discipline of Special Populations at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to my appointment at Loyola, I served the corporate, recreational, and clinical sectors of the fitness environment and then returned to academia as the Graduate Research Fellow for the Children and Youth in Disabilities Laboratory at Oregon State University. When not at work or teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cycling or kayaking with my family, and reading. 

    Research Interests
    • Physical activity behavior of children and adults with and without disabilities.
    • Community-based spiritual and physical programming.  

    • Bachelor's degree, Illinois State University
    • Master's degree, Northeastern Illinois University
    • PhD, Oregon State University

    Why is this area of study important at this point in time?

    The physical activity behavior of children and adults with disabilities is an important facet of public health, provided that it combines two important public health initiatives: preventative medicine and health disparities.

    What called you to or attracted you to Loyola?

    Loyola teaches by serving the community.


    Journal Publications:

    Hodge, A., Sheean, P., O’Connor, P., Tyler, K., …..et al. Exploring health behaviors and the feasibility of a lifestyle intervention for patients with multiple myeloma. Support Care Cancer 30, 9771–9779 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-022-07385-9. 

    Tyler, K. J., Joyce, C., & MacDonald, M. (2020). Health-Related Physical Fitness and Physical Activity of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Palaestra34(3). 

    Tyler, K., & Whitmore, K. (2020). Leveraging Academic-Community Partnerships to Engage Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Research. Palaestra34(2). 

    Tyler. K., Cook, N. & MacDonald, M. (2014). Physical activity and children with disabilities: viable resources available for community health professionals, Palaestra, 28(4), 17-22.  

    Tyler. K, Menear, K. & MacDonald, M. (2014). Physical activity and physical fitness of school-aged children and youth with autism spectrum disorders, Autism Research and Treatment, 2014, 1-6. 

    Book Chapter Publication:

    Tyler, K. J. (2018). PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PRACTICES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES. D. Daddona. Physical Activity and Public Health Practice (281-290). New York, New York: Springer.