Kelli Koltyn, Ph.D.

Exercise Psychology



201 SMI
1300 University Ave
Madison, WI 53706-1121



John F. Kennedy College      BS      1974 Physical Education
Texas Woman’s University      MA      1980 Exercise Physiology
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI      PHD      1990 Kinesiology (Exercise Psychology)


I am a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have a broad background in kinesiology majoring in exercise physiology for my Master’s degree and exercise psychology for my Ph.D. degree. My research program focuses on the psychobiological effects of exercise with a primary emphasis on health promotion. I have extensive experience conducting studies involving exercise with healthy adults (e.g., young, old, pregnant women), as well as with clinical samples including adults with substance use disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic pain conditions (e.g., fibromyalgia, chronic low back pain, diabetic neuropathy). A primary focus of my research has been to understand the relationship between physical activity and pain, specifically examining the pain-relieving effects of physical activity. I also have an interest in community-based research, and we are examining whether an intervention designed to reduce sedentary behavior (i.e., too much sitting) is effective in reducing prolonged sitting and improving physical function & quality of life in older adults across the state of Wisconsin.