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Movement Sciences

Email: Movement Sciences
College of Education
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2401
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2401
Phone: (208) 885-7921
Fax: (208) 885-5929

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Chantal Vella, PhD, FACSM


Office: PEB 207
Phone: (208) 885-2189
Email: cvella@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Department of Movement Sciences
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2401
Moscow, ID 83844

College of Education
Department of Movement Sciences
Associate Professor, Director Exercise Physiology Laboratory

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2011


  • Research/Focus Areas
    • The interactions between physical activity, sedentary behaviors, obesity and cardiometabolic health
    • The effects of obesity on cardiovascular function
    • Obesity and insulin resistance in Grizzly Bears
  • Biography
    Dr. Vella’s education and research in the areas of exercise physiology, health disparities, obesity, and cardiometabolic health give her a unique perspective on chronic disease prevention in young adults. Her research focuses on understanding the physiological (e.g., the amount and distribution of body fat, the level of systemic inflammation) and behavioral factors (e.g., fitness, physical activity and sedentary behaviors) that contribute to the risk of metabolic and cardiovascular disease in young adult women. The overall goal of her research is to positively impact public health by conducting high quality and clinically-relevant research that will inform chronic disease prevention efforts in young women. Her research has focused on young Hispanic and Caucasian women, as risk of metabolic and cardiovascular disease is highest in these women, yet little research exists within these populations.
  • Selected Publications
  • Research Projects
    • Cambia Health Foundation, subaward via Community Council of Idaho, Inc, PI: Brown, H.  Building Capacity to Prevent Obesity and Diabetes among Children and Families of Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, $49,974, Role: co-investigator (11/1/2014-10/31/2016)
    • Mountain West Clinical Translational Research-infrastructure Network Pilot Grant, PI Vella. Exercise and c-reactive protein in young, overweight and obese adults, $84,500 (7/1/2014-6/30/2015)
    • Technology-Infused Research Project, College of Education, PI Scruggs. Physical Activity Motion Sensor Technology Validation in Physical Education, $12,769 (6/1/2013-5/30/2014)
    • Diann L. Haslett Faculty Excellence Fellowship Fund, College of Education, PI Vella. Exercise Intensity and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Young Women: A Pilot Study, $12,000 (2013-2014)
    • Blue Cross of Idaho, Foundation for Health, Inc., PI: Brown, HEAL- Healthy Eating and Active Living, $50,000 (2012-2013)
    • University of Idaho Seed Grant, PI Vella, Physical Inactivity, Inflammation, and Metabolic Syndrome risk factors in Young Women, $12,000 (2011-2012)
    • 3SC2DK083061-02S1, National Institutes of Health, NIDDK American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Supplemental Grant Program, PI Vella, Supplement to Characteristics of Metabolically Obese but Normal-weight Hispanic Women, $99,225 (2009-2011) 
    • 1SC2DK083061-01, National Institutes of Health, NIDDK Pilot Grant Program, PI Vella, Characteristics of Metabolically Obese but Normal-weight Hispanic Women, $333,000 (2008-2011)
    • Paso del Norte Health Foundation, Center for Border Health Research, PI Vella, Metabolic Syndrome in Young Normal-Weight Hispanic Women, $75,000 (2008-2009)
  • Awards and Honors

    University of Idaho President’s Mid-career Faculty Excellence Award, 2014-2016

    Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine, 2013

    Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Minority Access to Research Careers Conference Travel Award, 2010
     
    Outstanding Performance for Securing Extramural Funding, University of Texas at El Paso, 2009

    Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Minority Access to Research Careers Conference Travel Award, 2009

    Endocrinology Scholar Award, American Federation for Medical Research, Western Regional Conference, 2006

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