Neha Gothe

Assistant Professor College of Education
Phone: (313) 577-6222

Areas of expertise




Dr. Neha Gothe is an Assistant Professor in Kinesiology, Exercise and Sport Sciences concentration, at Wayne State University. She is the Director of Exercise Psycho-physiology Research Lab and serves as an advisor for masters and PhD students.

Dr. Gothe's training has been in Psychology, Counseling and Kinesiology. She graduated from D.G. Ruparel College with a degree in Psychology and went on to pursue a Masters in Counseling Psychology at the University of Mumbai, India. Being an athlete, her love for sport and exercise brought her overseas to explore the field of kinesiology - the science of movement. She graduated with a Masters and Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a focus on Exercise Psychology from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

She has published 30 papers in the field of exercise science and behavioral medicine and has more than 35 presentations at national and international conferences. She is a MCUAAAR Scholar (Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research) and received the National Institutes of Health, P30 AG015281 to examine correlates of physical activity and fitness among older adults living in the Detroit-Metro area. She has several projects in collaboration with the Institute of Gerontology and School of Medicine and WSU. She currently serves as the Aging Special Interest Group Co-Chair for the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Gothe has established herself as a national leader in yoga research, especially in relation to its impact on cognition development and maintenance. She was recently featured in popular media including the TIME magazine, public radio, newspapers in the USA, Europe and Asia for her research in yoga and health.

Area of Expertise

Physical activity and quality of life across the lifespan
Yoga, its biopsychosocial effects and underlying mechanisms
Measurement and evaluation of physical activity using actigraphy
Effects of different modes of physical activity on aging and cognition
Designing and implementing physical activity based randomized controlled trials

Research Interests

Dr. Gothe's research and teaching has focused on promoting physical activity, including non-traditional modes such as yoga, as a means to improve health and quality of life. She has experience working with several different populations, including stroke survivors and yoga experts, and a variety of modes of intervention delivery, including class- and home-based exercise programs as well as cross-sectional studies with college students examining Hatha yoga and exercise benefits. The goal of these projects has always been to enhance physical activity behavior by targeting self-efficacy and to improve various health outcomes, including reduced functional limitations in older adults and improved cognitive function and psycho-social health.


2013, Doctor of Philosophy 

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA

Major: Exercise Psychology

2013, Master of Science

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA

Major: Kinesiology

2007, Master of Arts

University of Mumbai, India

Major: Counseling Psychology

2005, Bachelor of Arts 

University of Mumbai, India

Major: Psychology