Karen Croteau
Karen CroteauProfessor, Health & Wellness Promotion/Exercise Science
EdD, Boston University
MEd, McNeese State University
BS, Bridgewater State CollegeBS, Granite State College

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Alfond Hall 422 | 207-893-7665 | kcroteau@sjcme.edu

Karen Croteau comes to Saint Joseph’s after teaching at the University of Southern Maine as program director of exercise science for 16 years. Prior to becoming an instructor, she worked in the health and fitness field for 15 years in various positions, including three years spent as the coach for Saint Joseph’s field hockey team from 1995–1998. Currently, Professor Croteau serves as an Active member of New England chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, is a state representative and committee member for the New England American College of Sports Medicine, and is a member of the National Physical Activity Society.

Given her background, it should not come as surprise that Professor Croteau enjoys playing basketball, partaking in watersports, and traveling during her free time. Although she has lived everywhere from Boston to Seattle, she now calls Harpswell, Maine, home.


American College of Sports Medicine
National Physical Activity Society
New England Chapter ACSM


Croteau, K.A. (In press). “A preliminary study examining the use of pedometers to increase the non-workday steps of hospital nursing and support staff.” Workplace Health & Safety.

Feng, X., Croteau, K., Astell-Burt, T., & Kolt. G. (2016). “Does retirement mean more physical activity? A longitudinal study.” BMC Public Health, 16(1), 605.

Croteau, K.A., Farnham, E., & Suresh, V. (2014). “Efficacy of physical activity mentors to increase the daily steps of older adults in the primary care setting: A pilot study.” Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 22, 16-24.

Astell-Burt, T., Feng, X., Croteau, K., & Kolt. G. (2013). “Influence of neighbourhood ethnic density, diet and physical activity on ethnic differences in weight status: A study of 214,807 adults in Australia.” Social Science and Medicine, 93, 70-77.


Croteau, K., & Milliken, L. (2015). Career destination or stepping stone: Options for health & exercise science graduates & tips for putting your best foot forward. “New England ACSM Annual Meeting” Providence, RI.

Croteau, K.A., Astell-Burt, T., Feng, X., & Kolt, G. (2015). Physical activity changes among adults aged 50-70 in transition out of full-time employment. “American College of Sports Medicine’s 58th Annual Meeting” San Diego, CA. Abstract published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

Croteau, K.A. (2014). Mary J. Moriarty Lecture: Health & Wellness 101 – Are We Walking the Talk. “MAHPERD Annual Conference” Worcester, MA.

Croteau, K.A., (2014). Using pedometers to increase the non-workday steps of hospital nursing staff: A pilot study. “American College of Sports Medicine’s 57th Annual Meeting” Orlando, FL. Abstract published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 46, 5S.


CPP/Myers-Briggs Co. Grant – research grants worth $10,525 to study the relationship between the Myers-Briggs Extraversion-Introversion dichotomy and students’ preferences for classroom teaching and participation methods. (2017)

John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund, Travel Grant to University of Western Sydney, Australia, 2012

Dr. Catherine Comeau Award for Professional Achievement, Bridgewater State University, 2014

Pedogogical Methods

1. Incorporating community-based learning in most classes, to enhance learning, explore potential career settings, and provide a service to the community

2. Infusing career exploration activities throughout the curriculum – self-exploration, informational interviewing, LinkedIn, professional ePortfolios, etc.

Excursions/Trips with Students or for Academic Research

Research Sabbaticals to New Zealand (2005) and Australia (2012)

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