College of Education and Human Development

School of Kinesiology

Emily Kringle

  • Pronouns: she, her, hers

  • Assistant Professor, Physical Activity and Health Promotion

Emily Kringle

Areas of interest

Health promotion, neurorehabilitation, sedentary behavior, social support, telerehabilitation


2010: Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT), School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
2019: PhD in Rehabilitation Science, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
2020: Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program on Translational and Community Engaged Scholarship, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
2021: T32 Precision Lifestyle Medicine and Translational Research (PREMIER) Postdoctoral Training Program, Department of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL


Dr. Kringle directs the Disability and WELLness (DWELL) Laboratory, where her research program focuses on health promotion among adults with disabilities and neurological disorders. She integrates her expertise in rehabilitation science,  occupational therapy, behavioral medicine, and community-engaged research to develop novel behavioral and social interventions. Her research program focuses on enabling adults with disabilities to engage in the personally meaningful activities that comprise physically and socially active lifestyles. She is particularly interested in promoting health among adults with stroke and other neurological disabilities and rural-dwelling adults with disabilities.

Her current research is funded by NIH through the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. This research focuses on adapting a behavioral activation-based intervention designed to reduce post-stroke sedentary behavior through engagement in meaningful daily activities for remote delivery using videoconferencing. This research also examines the impact of sedentary behavior and activity engagement within stroke survivor-support person dyads.

Positions and Academic Appointments
  • 2021 - 2022: Visiting Research Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 2022 - present: Assistant Professor of Physical Activity and Health Promotion, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Member, Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Member, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Member, American Heart Association
  • Member, World Federation of Occupational Therapy
  • Member, Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association
  • Co-Chair, Health and Wellness Task Force, Stroke International Special Interest Group, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

Certifications and Licensure

  • National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT #277089, 2010 to present)
  • Occupational Therapist: State of Minnesota (#104174, 2011-2016), Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (#OC013919, 2015-2023), State of Illinois (#056.014198, 2021-2023)