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

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

Karen Croteau is a Professor in the Sport and Exercise Science Department at Saint Joseph’s College. She teaches courses in Exercise Science, Health and Wellness Promotion, and the Department core.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Croteau served as Professor and Program Director of Exercise Science at the University of Southern Maine for 16 years. Prior to a career in academics, she had 15 years of experience in a variety of settings in the fitness and wellness field. She also served as the first head coach for the Saint Joseph’s College field hockey team from 1995-1998.

Professor Croteau has traveled to Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia to conduct physical activity and health research. Most recently, she has conducted research on the Health and Well-being of International Masters field hockey athletes at the 2018 World Cup in Barcelona, where she was also a member of the U.S. Women’s O55 team.


American College of Sports Medicine
New England Chapter ACSM
National Physical Activity Society
U.S. Masters Field Hockey


Murphy, L., Eduljee, N.B., Parkman, S., & Croteau, K. (2018). Gender differences in teaching and classroom participation methods: A pilot study. Journal of Psychosocial Research, 13(2), 307-319.

Murphy, L., Eduljee, N.B., Croteau, K., & Parkman, S. (2017). Extraversion and introversion personality type and preferred teaching and classroom participation: A pilot study. Journal of Psychosocial Research, 12(2), 437-450.

Richeson, N.R., & Croteau, K.A. (2017). A feasibility study examining use of the FitBit Zip™ vs. the Accusplit Eagle AC 120 XL pedometer to increase physical activity for person’s with mild cognitive disorder. Activities, Adaptation, & Aging.

Croteau, K.A. (2016). Using pedometers to increase the non-workday steps of hospital nursing and support staff: A pilot study. Workplace Health & Safety. http://whs.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/10/06/2165079916665399.full.pdf+html

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.


Croteau, K., Eduljee, N., Murphy, L., & Ahearn. L. (2019). Health and lifestyle behaviors of U.S. master’s world cup field hockey players. American College of Sports Medicine’s 66 th Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL. Abstract tpublished in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 51(5).

Murphy, L., Eduljee, N., Croteau, K., & Parkman S.  (2019). Gender, preferred teaching methods, and classroom activities: A study of undergraduate college students. 90th Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Richeson, N.R., & Croteau, K.A. (2018). A feasibility study examining use of the FitBit Zip™ vs. the Accusplit Eagle AC 120 XL pedometer to increase physical activity for person’s with mild cognitive disorder. Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, Chicago, IL. Abstract published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia, The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Croteau, K., & Milliken, L. (2017). Top skills to launch your career: Preparing for life
after graduation. New England ACSM Annual Meeting. Providence, RI.

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: MBTI and Students’ Preferences for Classroom Teaching and
Participation Methods: 2017, 2018

Member, 2018 USA Women’s O55 Master’s World Cup Field Hockey Team

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

John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund, Travel Grant (U of Western Sydney, Australia):
Walk 2.0: Using Web 2.0 applications to promote health-related physical activity: 2012

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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