Amanda Perkins-Ball

Amanda Perkins-Ball is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Kinesiology Department at Rice University. She joined the Rice faculty in 2017 and currently teaches Scientific Foundations of Kinesiology, Psychological Aspects of Sports & Exercise, Motor Learning, and other courses in the Sports Medicine program. She also serves as an advisor in the Sports Medicine program.

Dr. Perkins-Ball completed her Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise and Sport Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her M.S.Ed in Sport Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and her B.S. degree in Health and Human Performance at the University of Louisville.

Prior to joining the Rice faculty, she held academic appointments as Assistant Professor and Director of the Exercise & Sports Studies and Physical Education programs at Benedictine University Chicago, and Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Missouri State University.

Dr. Perkins-Ball’s research focuses upon addressing health disparities through the promotion of physical activity behavior among underserved populations. Her interests include physical activity interventions for at-risk populations, applied exercise psychology, and sociocultural influences on sport and physical activity participation. Her latest study examines factors influencing physical activity behavior among black college women.

Dr. Perkins-Ball is an active member of national organizations, including the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She has authored six publications and 30 presentations at the state, national, and international levels. Dr. Perkins-Ball also provides sport psychology consulting to youth, high school, college, and elite-level athletes.

Research Areas

Applied exercise psychology, cultural influences on psychosocial outcomes insport and physical activity, special populations (underserved youth, older adults, ethnic minorities), biopsychosocial determinants of exercise and health, and performing arts psychology


Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology with emphasis in Exercise & Sport Psychology, Temple University


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