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Nick Cutforth is Professor of Research Methods and Statistics in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver and Adjunct Professor with the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center at the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Denver. He has over 15 years teaching experience in K-12 schools in London, Chicago, and Denver. He obtained his Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Evaluation from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1994.
Nick has been conducting research with schools and community-based organizations for over 15 years. His research and teaching interests include school health and physical activity environments, physical activity and youth development, university/community partnerships, and community-based research. Using fieldwork and applied research methods, his writing focuses on the social consequences of this work, and draws on the belief that the diverse talents of academics, students, educators, and community members can produce excellent research that will strengthen the community as a whole and enhance the relevance of the academy in addressing real world problems.
He has written over 20 articles and co-authored two books: Youth Development and Physical Activity: Linking Universities with Communities (Human Kinetics, 2000) and Community-Based Research and Higher Education: Principles and Practices (Jossey-Bass, 2003). Nick has supervised over two-dozen community-based research projects with students and faculty colleagues and community partners since 1999.
Nick's current research involves school-based intervention studies related to physical activity and healthy eating among K-12 students in the San Luis Valley in rural Colorado. His co-authored grants to build healthy school environments and policies have been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and the Colorado Health Foundation.
Research Interests: School health and physical activity environments, physical education, university-community partnerships, the scholarship of engagement, community-based research, and youth development and physical activity. Campus Activities: Chair, Morgridge College of Education Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure Committee. Hobbies: Running, swimming, reading, beer. Home Town: Maidstone, Kent, England. Favorite Sports: Cricket, Association Football, Rugby. Favorite Food: Fish and Chips, Indian Food, Ice Cream. Favorite Music: Beethoven, Brahms, Coldplay, Joy Division, Soft Cell, The Smiths, Genesis, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Clifford T. Ward. Favorite Musician: My father (David Cutforth) who is a composer.