Amanda Grimes, Ph.D., MCHES

Assistant Professor

Phone: 816-235-1737



Dr. Amanda Grimes joined SONHS faculty in 2013 teaching in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program and began a tenure-track position in 2018.  Dr. Grimes’s area of focus is on the health and social factors associated with bicycling throughout the lifespan as well as the promotion of active transportation. She has conducted research on several bicycle-focused research projects that engage diverse rider populations; an assessment of the barriers and motivators for middle to older-aged cyclists in the Kansas City metropolitan area, an in-depth exploration of the impacts of earn-a-bike programs among homeless men in Kansas City, and impacts of earn-a-bike programs among low-income South African citizens.  Dr. Grimes serves on the board of BikeWalkKC since 2014 and is currently the Board President for Bike Share KC – both are nonprofits active in this arena.  Other research interests include social isolation and fall prevention in older adults.  She is an active member of the UMKC Aging Consortium.


  • Esslinger, K., Grimes, A., & Pyle, E. (2016). Effects of Requiring Physical Fitness in a Lecture-Base College Course; Students Attitudes Towards Physical Activity. The Physical Educator, 73 (1).
  • Dixon, D. L., Esslinger, K., Yen, W. J., & Grimes, A. (2015). Body Image Perception and Body Dissatisfaction Gender Differences. KAHPERD Journal, 53 (1)
  • Esslinger, K., Dixon, D., Yen, W., Grimes, A. (2014). Fitness Perceptions of College-Age Men and Women; Research Program Schedule. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. 85 pg 61 – 61


  • The impacts of earned bikes among low-income individuals in Cape Town, South Africa – University of Missouri South African Education Program (UMSAEP), PI- A Grimes, $7,500
  • The Effects of Earn-a-Bike among Homeless Men – Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; University of Missouri-Kansas City, PI- A Grimes, $500

Faculty Sponsored Student Funding

  • A Citywide Bike Share System Station on UMKC Campus and the Health Impacts on University Students. Student Investigator: Michele Baker, Faculty Mentor: A Grimes, Project ADVANCER – Academic Development Via Applied and Cutting-Edge Research for UMKC undergraduate and professional students from underrepresented minorities Program, $9,960