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Dr. Jason Crandall, Ph.D., EP-C
Dr. Jason Crandall, Ph.D., EP-C
- Associate Professor - Exercise Science & Kinesiology (M.S), Co-Director/Co-Founder - Center for Applied Science in Health & Aging

Ph.D:  University of Utah

M.A:  University of Northern Colorado

B.S:  Western Kentucky University



EXS 455: Exercise and Aging

KIN 599: Thesis Research


External Funding

Dr. Jason Crandall is an Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Co-Director of the Center for Applied Science in Health & Aging at Western Kentucky University. Utilizing grant funding from the National Institute on Aging, Retirement Research Foundation, and hte US Center for Medicare and Medicaid, his research focuses on the development, testing, and dissemination of Bingocize®, a health promotion program that increases functional performance, health knowledge, cognition, and social engagement in older adults with a variety of physical and cognitive abilities. The program is approved by the National Council on Aging and the United States Department of Agriculture as an evidence-based falls prevention program and obesity prevention program, respectively. Older adult communities in 41 U.S. states, the United Kingdom, Poland, the Philippines, and Finland currently use the Bingocize® program.

External Funding

University of Louisville-National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Grant;  Bingocize®: An evidence-based mobile application for improving older adults' quality of life$2,500.00      2020

United States Center for Medicare Services Civil Money Penalty Grant; Principal Investigator, Bingocize®: An evidence-based health promotion program to improve the quality of life of  Tennessee certified nursing facility residents$1,008,217.00                                                2019 

National Institutes of Health- Institute on Aging Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) R15; Co-Principal Investigator, Bingocize®: A Novel Mobile  Application to Help Maintain or Improve Older Adults' Health, Function, and Cognition. $417,398.00                                                                                            2018     

United States Center for Medicare Services Civil Money Penalty Grant; Principal Investigator; Bingocize®: An evidence-based health promotion program to improve the quality of life of  Kentucky certified nursing facility residents$898,945.00                                                     2017                        

Owensboro Regional Health Hospital Community Benefit Grant. Principal Investigator; Bingocize® improves health and quality of life in older adults. $36,677.00                     2017 

University of Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England College Research Fund; Co-Investigator; Bingocize®: A Novel Mobile Application to Help Maintain or Improve Older Adults' Health, Function, and Cognition. $3,000.00                   2017

Ergotron Inc. Evaluation of sit-stand desktop workstations in the workplace

$25,000.00        2016                                                                     

Retirement Research Foundation Research Grant. Principal Investigator; Efficacy of a mobile application for improving older adults’ health, function, and cognition$94,682.00            2015

Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation Kentucky Commercialization Fund 

Grant, Principal Investigator. $74,860.00       2014                                                                 

Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation SBIR/STTR Phase Double Zero 

Program Grant $3,650.002014

Owensboro Health Hospital Community Benefit Grant $7,800.00 2013

Selected Publications:

Neils-Strunjas, J., K.J. Crandall, B. Weiler, A. Gabbard*, C. Wood*, & X. Ding. (In Press). Measurement of social engagement of nursing home residents during an exercise

Program. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interests Group

Bragg, R.N.* & K.J. Crandall. (2021).  Physical activity interventions for older adults in the age of COVID-19 and beyond. Topics in Exercise Science and Kinesiology, 2(1):1-7 https://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/scholarship_kin/vol2/iss1/6

Zakrocka, A*., G. Zurek, K.J. Crandall, & M. Shake. (2020). An intercultural comparison of European and United States older adults physical fitness behaviors. International Journal of Current Research, 13 (01): 15970-159811. DOI: 10.24941/ijcr.40660.01.2021.

Middleton, G., H. Henderson, G. Clay, A. Mongan, M. Daniel, K.J. Crandall., M. Shake, & D. Broom. (2020). Exploring the effects of Bingocize®: an interactive community-based physical activity intervention for older adults in the UK. Technical Report. University of Lincoln, United Kingdom 

Neils-Strunjas, J., K. J. Crandall, X. Ding, A. Gabbard, S. Rassi, & S. Otto. (2020). Facilitators and Barriers to Attendance in a Nursing Home Exercise Program. Journal of the American Medical Directors Associationhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2020.09.023

Taylor, J.,J. Piatt, C., Stanojevic, & K. J. Crandall. (2020). Bingocize® beyond the numbers: Motivations and perceptions of a multicomponent health promotion program for older adults living in long-term care. American Journal of Recreational Therapy, 19:1

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Advisory Board Member

Uniper-Care Health Systems, Los Angeles, CA                                               2019-Present

  • Assists and contributes to company’s falls reduction strategy
  • Attends company Advisory Board meetings
  • Provide training and advise company on product design 

Co-Director & Co-Founder

WKU Center for Applied Science in Health and Aging, Bowling Green, KY    2018-Present

  • Responsible all activities including engaging in rigorous applied research to promote health, vitality, and human potential in the aging community through innovative education, research, partnerships, and service. 
  • Collaborate with community organizations and university partners to identify and address needs in the aging community.
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