Katie Griffes, Ph.D Director of the Shaw Wellness Institute
Katie Griffes joined the Colgate staff in 2018, and serves as the Director of the Shaw Wellness Institute. Her primary responsibilities include supervising Shaw Wellness programs and initiatives, as well as sponsored student organizations. She works to provide health education and promotion to students, staff, and faculty in the Colgate Community. Katie is originally from Eaton Rapids, Michigan. She graduated from Olivet College, where she was a member of the women's tennis team, with a BA in Psychology. She earned a PhD from Michigan State University in Kinesiology with a concentration in sport psychology, as well as cognates in sport coaching, human growth and motor development, and counseling psychology. Her research interests have focused on leadership development in sport and the military, using sport as a vehicle for life skill development, and sport participation in underserved communities. Prior to coming to Colgate, Katie was an Assistant Professor / Program Director for Exercise Sport Studies and Physical Education at Benedictine University, and Assistant Professor / Program Director of Health and Physical Education at Defiance College. She was heavily involved with community health initiatives, working on the Board of Directors for the YMCA and Special Olympics. Following her love of travel, Katie was an Associate Fellow with the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity, leading student research trips to Tanzania.