Matthew Chrisman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone: 816-235-5709



Matthew joined the faculty in 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the Health Studies program. He completed his PhD in 2013, and spent three years in postdoctoral research fellowships. Currently, he teaches Health Sciences Specialty Course, and Health Promotion Programs. He also designs and conducts research related to physical activity and nutrition behaviors, and his current projects include: an examination of nutrition education and wellness committees in Kansas City area K-12 school districts; an intervention to increase standing time and reduce sedentary behaviors using standing desks in college students; an assessment of State policymakers’ messaging preferences and improving communication with them via training child health advocates; developing a tool to assess cycling skills in children; and a randomized control trial examining the combined effects of cognitive training and cycling on cognition in ICU survivors. He enjoys cooking and spending time with his daughter.


  • Chrisman, M., Ye, S., Galler, A., Purdy, W. Evaluating an experimental approach for measuring sitting and standing at a height-adjustable desk in a college classroom. Health Education Journal (in press)
  • Patel, S, Chrisman, M. (2020). Incivility through the Continuum of Nursing: A Concept Analysis. Nursing Forum, 1-8. doi: 10.1111/nuf.12425
  • Grimes, A, Chrisman, M, Lightner, J.S. (2020) Barriers and promoters of cycling in older adults in the Midwest. Health Education and Behavior, 47(1). doi: 10.1177/1090198119879731
  • Chrisman M., Patel, S., Alonzo, R. (2020). A Study of Barriers to and Facilitators of Using MyPlate Nutritional Guidelines in K-12 Teacher and Principals. Health Education Journal, 79(2), 152-165.
  • Chrisman, M., Diaz-Rios, K. (2019). Evaluating MyPlate after eight years: A perspective. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 51 (7), 899-903 doi: 1016/j.jneb.2019.02.006
  • Shen, J., Chrisman, M, Wu, X, Chow, WH, Zhao, H. (2019). Sleep duration and risk of cancer in the Mexican American Mano a Mano Cohort. Sleep Health 5(1). doi:
  • Lightner, J., Irwin, B., Chrisman, M. (2018). Changes in social integration predict changes in physical activity: A 25-year prospective. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2017-0009
  • Chrisman M, Chow W., Daniel CR., Wu X., Zhao H. (2017). Associations between language acculturation, age of immigration, and obesity in the Mexican American Mano A Mano cohort. Obesity Research and Clinical Practice. doi: 10.1016/j.orcp.2017.03.005
  • Chrisman M., Chow W., Daniel C.R., Wu X., Zhao H. (2016). Associations between mobile phone use and physical activity in the Mexican American Mano A Mano Journal of Medical Internet Research mHealth and uHealth 4(2). doi: 10.2196/mhealth.4926.
  • Chrisman M., Chow W., Daniel C.R., Wu X., Zhao H. (2015). Acculturation, socio-demographic, and lifestyle factors associated with compliance with physical activity recommendations in the Mexican American Mano A Mano cohort. BMJ Open, 5, e008302. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008302.


Recent and Current Funding

  • 2020-2021, American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN): Simultaneous Recumbent Cycling and Cognitive Training on Cognition in Intensive Care Unit Survivors: A Randomized Control Trial. ($39,522). Role: Co-PI.
  • 2019-2020, University of Missouri Research Board. Use of national nutrition guidelines in multiple school districts: The MENU-KC Study ($19,665). Role: PI
  • 2019, Project ADVANCER grant ($9,500), UMKC. Using classroom instructors to promote standing time in college students: The Stand-U Study II. Role: Student advisor
  • 2019, Undergraduate SEARCH grant ($910), UMKC. Blast-KC Program. Role: Student advisor
  • 2018, UMKC Funding for Excellence grant: Child obesity and health messaging preferences among Missouri policymakers: The CHAMP study ($13,665). Role: PI
  • 2018, Project ADVANCER grant ($9,550), UMKC. Evaluating an experimental approach for measuring sitting and standing at a height-adjustable desk. Role: Student advisor