Assistant Professor

Dr. Wengrovius’ research examines the effects of mind-body practices such as yoga for promoting physical, mental, and social health. She is particularly interested in advancing our understanding of interoception's role in developing healthy lifestyle behaviors such as sleep, physical activity, and self-regulation. Her work aims to create effective, easily disseminated programs that promote healthy lifestyle behaviors in school, community, and healthcare settings. 

Dr. Wengrovius has worked clinically as a pediatric physical therapist in land- and aquatic-based settings, including early intervention, school, and private practice. She is also a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and has taught children’s yoga for over ten years.


Robinson LE, Palmer KK, Wang L, Scott-Andrews KQ, Chinn KM, Sur I, Wengrovius C, Meng E., Veldman SLC, Miller AL (2023). Protocol for a cluster randomized clinical trial of a mastery-climate motor skills intervention, Children’s Health Activity and Motor Program (CHAMP), on self-regulation in preschoolers. PlosOne. e0282199.

Wengrovius C, Zick S, Beltz AM, Wentz EE, Ulrich DA, Robinson LE (2022). Relations among parent-reported physical activity and interoception in children. Physiology and Behavior. 113895.

Ketcheson LR, Wengrovius C, Staples KL, Miodrag N (2022). MYTime: A mindfulness and yoga program to promote health outcomes in parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. Glob Adv Health Med. 11:2164957X221110154.

Scott-Andrews KQ, Wengrovius C, Robinson LE. (2021). Parents accurately perceive problematic eating behaviors but overestimate physical activity levels in preschool children. Eating and Weight Disorders. 26, 931-939.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2021 Christine Kahan Black Scholar Award – University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women+
  • 2019 Young Investigator Award – IAYT Symposium on Yoga Research
  • 2016 Emerging Leader Award - APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy 

Associations and Affiliations

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health
  • North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity
  • North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity
  • International Association of Yoga Therapists
Carissa Wengrovius

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Pediatric physical therapy, infant and child development, mind-body practices


  • Post-professional Faculty Residency, Physical Therapy; University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Ph.D., Movement Science; University of Michigan School of Kinesiology
  • D.P.T.; Regis University
  • B.A., Psychology; University of Colorado – Boulder


Office Location:

306C Rowell Building

Courses Taught

  • DPT 7250 - Neurological Management III