Phillip D Tomporowski

Areas of Expertise

  • Exercise and cognition
  • Exercise and development
  • Physical Activity Interventions
  • Skill Development


  • Mental Engagement
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Physical Activity and Learning



  •  PhD in Experimental Psychology, 1977
    University of Mississippi


 706-542-4183 (office)

Research Summary

I am the Director of the Cognition and Skill Acquisition Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology. We investigate the effects of exercise on young adults’ cognitive processing. We collaborate with researchers who have similar interests who focus on clinical populations and with educators who focus on the effects of physical activity on children academic performance. I served as the principal investigator of the Physical Activity and Learning Program (PAL), which was a multi-disciplinary project that involved faculty from the Department of Kinesiology and the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education and Department of Health Promotion and Behavior in the College of Public Health (2015-2019). The PAL program was funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program administered by the Georgia Department of Education. The PAL was an after-school program conducted in two Clarke County elementary schools that was designed to: a) stimulate children’s learning and academic achievement in mathematics and reading; b) increase physical activity levels and health behaviors; and c) promote family involvement in guiding children’s academic and health-related behaviors at home.

Awards and Accolades

Lilly Teaching Fellow,

University of Alabama, 1989

Summer Faculty Research Fellow - USAF

University of Alabama, 1986

Summer Faculty Research -USAF

University of Alabama, 1989

Sarah Moss Fellowship

University of Georgia, 2010

Service-Learning Fellowship

University of Georgia, 2013

Career Center Award

University of Georgia, 2015

Public Service Engaged Scholar Award

University of Georgia, 2016