Greg Payne, PED



Spartan Complex 166


(408) 924-2904

Greg Payne 


Professor Bio

Dr. Greg Payne has been on the faculty of the Department of Kinesiology since 1983. Nearly half of his time there was in administration as an Associate Dean in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts at San Jose State University and department chair. His academic specialization is human motor with interests ranging from aging and physical activity to children's health and fitness. He received a BS degree from Western Illinois University and was presented that institution's Distinguished Alumni Award. He earned an MA from the University of Iowa and PED from Indiana University. Early in his career, Greg lived and worked in Venezuela for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He has since produced over 170 publications including eighteen editions of five books. Greg is an elected Fellow in the prestigious National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK), generally regarded to be the top tier of leaders/scholars in Kinesiology. He is a co-author of The Equation: A Proven Lifestyle and Fitness Plan by St. Martin's Press and recently released Human Motor Development: A Lifespan Approach (2016, 9th edition), a leading selling textbook that has been used in hundreds of universities throughout the world. He co-wrote and edited a text that was a joint effort of American and Chinese scholars - the first motor development book in China. He was the first Distinguished Honorary Professor of the Shenyang Sport University in China and received the Distinguished Service Award from the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the Southwest District AAHPERD Scholar Award, the AAHPERD Honor Award, and the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport Research Writing Award. Greg is a former President of the 22,000 member National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE); former Chair of the National Motor Development Academy of AAHPERD, and former President of the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD). He was presented CAHPERD's Verne Landreth Award, exemplifying the highest achievement in service, research, teaching, and administration, and was a SJSU Nominee for the California State University Wang Award for extraordinary commitment and dedication, distinction by exemplary contributions, and achievement in the academic discipline. He is a Fellow of the Research Consortium of AAHPERD, has chaired two editorial boards and has reviewed for numerous refereed journals.​



PED Indiana University –

M.A. University of Iowa –

B.S. Western Illinois University –


Expertise, Research & Teaching Interests

Human Motor development

Research methods

Children’s physical activity, youth sports, and aging and physical activity


Courses Taught

KIN 165 – Motor Development

KIN 265 – Advanced Motor Development

KIN 250 – Research Methods


Selected Publications

Chan, J.S.Y., Yan, J.H., & Payne, V.G. (2013). Exercise reduces the impact of obesity and cognitive aging, Frontiers of Aging Neuroscience, doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2013.00097.

Chan, J.S.Y., Yan, J.H., & Payne, V.G. (2013).  Cognitive training enhances motor performance and learning.  In F. Columbus (Ed.), Motor behavior and control: New research. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Payne, V.G., & Isaacs, L.D. [(2012, 8th ); 2008, (7th edition); 2005 (6th edition), 2002 (5th edition), 1998 (4th edition), 1995 (3rd edition), 1991 (2nd edition), 1987].  Human motor development: A lifespan approach, New York: McGraw-Hill. (This text has been a leading seller in its field; it has been used in hundreds of universities throughout the world and has been translated into Portuguese).

Payne, V.G., Yan, J., and Block, M. (2010). Human motor development in individuals with and without disabilities.  In F. Columbus (Ed.), Motor skills: Development, impairment, and therapy.   Hauppauge NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Payne, V.G., Geng, P., & Liang, G. (Eds.) (2008).  An introduction to human motor development, Beijing, China: People’s Education Press (Chinese Ministry of Education).  This is the first textbook on human motor development in China, a joint project of American and Chinese Scholars; it was selected in 2011 as “Outstanding Academic Book” by the Association of Chinese University Publishers.


Selected Presentations



Undergraduate/Graduate Student Research Supervision



Professional Affiliations

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