Caitlyn Hauff, Ph.D.
Office Hours

HPE 1020
T /TH 11:00-1:00
W 10:00-12:00
 and by appointment
Ph: (251) 460-7698
Fax: (251) 460-7252
171 Jaguar Drive
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Caitlyn Hauff, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Kinesiology and Sport
Academic Area: Kinesiology and Health Promotion

B.S., Psychology, Baldwin Wallace University, 2011
M.S., Kinesiology-Sport and Exercise Psychology, Georgia Southern University, 2013
Kinesiology-Weight Studies and Health Behavior Change, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2016
Teaching Philosophy
I am invested in creating a dynamic learning environment for students that encourages them to learn to appreciate diversity, celebrate differences, and view society with a lens that embraces acceptance and encourages tolerance. Academia is a place where students should have their thinking challenged and recognize the need to view elements in their environment from different lenses to better understand the multidimensional nature of our society. In conjunction with being an active leader, my teaching philosophy and teaching strategies aim to engage students in a way that makes them active learners in the classroom. They are challenged to transform their thinking, find their passions, exceed their expectations and achieve their full potential. I aspire to influence my students to be advocates for a cause and take basic concepts and theories beyond the classroom and into the world where they can make a difference. From the classroom, to the tennis court, to an online discussion forum, regardless of what capacity I am teaching in, my goal is to inspire my students, incite passion, and foster motivation to reach their full potential, by creating a fun, interesting, and motivating learning environment.
My research focuses on the psychosocial aspects of weight, health, and physical activity. Much of my work revolves around trying to better understand how women view their bodies in different physical activity contexts, how weight bias plays a role in how physically active individuals are, and how social media impacts exercise and health behaviors. I also have interests in disordered eating and eating disorders, social comparison in exercise settings, body image in exercise settings, and exercise apparel. I am extremely passionate about finding ways for individuals to embrace and accept bodies of all shapes, sizes, and colors, and my research agenda very much reflects this.
Dr. Hauff is a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. She is also a book reviewer for CHOICE Reviews, a review journal specializing in identifying the best new books and digital content in academia.
Dr. Hauff received her B.S. from Baldwin Wallace University in 2011. During her time at BW, she played collegiate tennis, helping her team to three NCAA Division III National Championship appearances. She still plays tennis competitively and has spent most of her life teaching tennis to individuals of all ages. After completing her degree at BW, she moved to Statesboro, GA and completed her M.S. in Kinesiology with a focus in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Georgia Southern University in 2013. She then moved to Milwaukee, WI and completed her Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a focus in psychosocial aspects of weight and physical activity, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2016. At UWM, she served as a researcher in the Body Weight and Shape Research Lab. Dr. Hauff is extremely passionate about promoting positive body image and body acceptance, and much of her work in and outside of academia reflects this. Dr. Hauff was born and raised in Columbus, OH (GO BUCKEYES). She is married to Nate Hauff, and together, they are avid Ohio sports fans (yes, even the Cleveland Browns), enjoy spending time outside and at the beach, and love to travel.




PE 278 - Sport and Human Behavior

HS 362 - Drug Education