Eve Bernstein

Eve Bernstein

Educational Background

Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University Curriculum and Teaching in Physical Education

Ed.M., Teachers College, Columbia University Curriculum and Teaching in Physical Education

M.S., Brooklyn College, City University of New York, Graduate Honors in Physical Education

B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University, English; Graduated with Distinction in Major; Dean’s List

Research Interests

Curriculum and teaching.  Structuring and implementation of competitive activities in physical education.

Refereed Publications

Bernstein, E. (in press, 2023).  Incorporating stillness during physical education class.  Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance

Herman, A.M., & Bernstein, E. (2023). Pre-service teachers’ goals with domain learning. Physical Educator, 80(4) 423-442.

Bernstein, E. Johnson, I., Armstrong, T., & Lysniak, U. (2022). In-service secondary physical education teachers’ perceptions regarding competitive activities: An examination through social media. Kinesiology Review, 2, 171-178

Lysniak, U., & Bernstein, E. (2022).  Teacher cognition and instruction: effective teachers’ critical choices for low skilled students and physical activities. International Journal of Physical Education, 59.  59. doi.org/10.5771/2747-6073-2022-1.

Bernstein, E. & Herman, A.M., Lysniak, U. (2021). Perceptions and beliefs of pre-service teachers toward competitive activities and the effect on lesson planning for physical education classes: A longitudinal study. Journal of Physical Education and Sport 21 (5) 2712-2721

Bernstein, E. (2020). Student’s perceived experiences of competitive activities through electronic platforms. Kinesiology Review. doi https://doi.org/10.1123/kr.2020-0018

Bernstein, E. & Lysniak, U. (2020). Skill Identity: Creating social capital and social justice. Journal of Leadership, Equity and Research, 6, 1-12

Phillips, S.R., Bernstein, E., & Silverman, S. (2019​​). Upper elementary school student perceptions of physical education: High attitude and moderate and low attitude student perspectives. Physical Educator, 76, 1064-1085.

Lysniak, U. & Bernstein, E. (2018).  Neoliberalism’s effect on social justice and skill equity in physical education (384-389). Invited publications in  C. Sheuer, A. Bund, & M. Holweg (Eds.), Challenges in Childhood and Adolescence:  Challenges in Physical Education.   12th FIEP European Congress in Luxembourg. Logos Verlag: Berlin.​​

Bernstein, E., & Lysniak, U.(2018). Semi-structured Interviews and non-participant observations: Teacher instruction of competitive activities for multicultural students.  SAGE Research Methods Cases.  Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Bernstein, E., Phillips, S.R., & Mercier, K. (2017).  Combating gender bias, a mediating factor onTeacher value orientation, through systems in the Activity Theory, International Journal of Physical Education​, 54,12-22.

Bernstein, E.  (2017). Preparing middle school students for martial arts competition: Domain focused learning. PE Matters, 1,38-40.

Novak, D., & Bernstein, E. (2015). Differences in fitness levels: Urban and rural middle school students in Croatia . Physical Educator, 72,553-577.

Bernstein, E., & Lysniak, U. (2015). Teachers’ beliefs and implementation of competitive activities for multicultural students. Urban Education. doi:10.1177/0042085915602538

Bernstein, E., & Phillips, S.R.  (2015).  Identifying contexts and analysis of affect during competitive activities.  International Journal of Physical Education 52, 21-31.

Bernstein, E., Gibbone, A., & Rukavina, P.  (2015).  Task Design and Skill Level Perceptions of Middle School Students Toward Competition in Dance-related Active Gaming.  Physical Educator 72, 123-141.

Novak, D., & Bernstein, E. (2015). A review of research on physical education teachers and coach education (2013-2014). International Journal of Physical Education, 51, 2-9.

Bernstein, E., & Herman, A. (2014). Code-switching and competition: Code-switching and competition: An examination of a situational response.  Quest, 66, 409 420.

Bernstein, E., Herman, A. M., & Lysniak, U. (2013). Beliefs of pre-service teachers toward competitive activities and the effect on implementation and planning for physical education classes. Teacher Education Quarterly, 40(4), 63-79.

Gibbone, A., Bernstein, E., & Rukavina, P. (2013). Gender and grade level analysis of student perceptions regarding competition during dance-related active gaming.  Global Journal of Health and Physical Education, 2(2), 128-149.

Gibbone, A., & Bernstein, E. (2013). Applying motivational concepts of active gaming in physical education, PE Matters, 46-48.​

Bernstein, E., & Rasmussen, J.K. (2013).  Colors of competence in competition: A guide for active learning in competitive activities.  Strategies, 26(2) 14-18.

Phillips, S.R., & Bernstein, E.  (2012). Competitive activities in physical education class: How do students perceive fun? Physical Educator, 45, 19-21.

Bernstein, E., Phillips, S.R., & Silverman, S. (2011). Attitudes and perceptions of middle school students toward competitive activities in physical education class. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 30, 69-83.​


Regional lea​der for the United States research team.  (UNESCO), 4th Worldwide Survey of School Physical Education in 2019​


Bernstein, E., Lysniak, U., Johnson, I, & Armstrong, S. (2020) Teacher and faculty opportunities: Attending international conferences and making connections to culturally relevant pedagogy. In physical education universities: Researches best practicies situation (277-285). Bratislava, Slovakia: Slovak Scientific Society for Physical Education and Sport and FIEP

Lysniak, U., & Bernstein E. (2020). The development of community college kinesiology programs and courses: A constructivist approach. In physical education in universityes: Researches best practices situation (301-311). Bratislava, Slovakia: Slovak Scientific Society for Physical Education and Sport And FIEP

Bernstein, E. & H​erman.  (2019) Re-examination of competitive activities: Age and cognition considerations. Physical education in early childhood education and care: Research, Best Practices Situation (pp. 157-165). Bratislava, Slovakia: Slovak Scientific Society for Physical Education and Sport and FIEP

Bernstein, E. & Phillips, S.R. (2018). The intersection between attitudes, secondary student education, and competitive activities.  In S. Popovič, D. Bjelica, J. Gardaševič, & B. Antala (Eds.).  Physical education in secondary school: Researches and best practice situation (229-241). University of Montenegro: Montenegrin Sports Academy, FIEP  

Bernstein, E. (2018). Guided by the book of the five rings: What I learned my first year as a professor. In Andrew Kemp (Ed.), Dignity of the calling: Educators share the beginnings of their journeys (pp. 379-382). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing

Bernstein, E., & Mosenson, A.  (2018).Motivating middle school learners to engage in an online learning environment. In B. Eisenbach and P. Greathouse (Eds)., The online classroom: resources for effective middle level virtual education (pp.167-189).  Charlotte, NC: Information Age publishing​

Bernstein, E., Herman, A.  (2017). Identification of code-switching behaviors during primary instruction of competitive activities. In  D.Colella, B. Antala, S. Epifani (Eds). Physical education in primary school. Research, best practices and situations (pp. 39-44). Lecce, Italy: Pensa MultiMedia. ISBN: 978-88-6760-474-6.​​

Lysniak, U., & Bernstein, E.  (2016). Seas of separation: Transforming the digital divide. In D.

Novak, B. Antala, & D. Kamenaric (Eds.), Physical Education and new technologies (pp.123-129). Poreč, Croatia: Croatian Kinesiology Association.  ISBN: 978-953-7965-05-1

Bernstein, E., Gibbone, A., & Lysniak U. (2013). Competition and considerations: The use of active gaming in the physical education class. In Audrey Cohan & Andrea Honigsfeld (Eds.), Breaking the mold of classroom organization and management: Innovative and successful practices of engagement, motivation, and student empowerment for 21st century schools (pp. 101-107). New York: Rowman and Littlefield.

Silverman, S., & Bernstein, E. (2012). What counts as good research. In Kathy Armour & Doune Macdonald (Eds.), Research methods in physical education and youth sport (40-51).  London: Routledge.

Invited Speaker – Research Based

Bernstein, E. (2022, March). Intercultural sensitivity stages as applied to competitive activities during middle school physical education class. Invited virtual keynote speaker at the 4th FIEP Asia Congress, Chiba, Japan

Bernstein, E. (2018, September). What were you thinking? Considerations during middle school competitive activities in physical education class.  Invited speaker at the 13th FIEP European Congress, Istanbul, Turkey.

Bernstein, E. (2018, June). Consideration during competitive activities, promoting a positive experience in Physical education class.  Plenary speaker at the 3rd FIEP Asia Congress, Kula Lumpur, Malaysia.

Bernstein, E. (2015, November). Examining the use of competitive activities during physical education class. Keynote speaker at the 25th FIEP World Congress, 10th FIEP European Congress, 1st FIEP Afro-European Conference on PE, Rabat, Morocco.​


Bernstein, E., & Lysniak, U. Exploring female minority City University community college students’ personal responsibility actions to develop positive and relevant physical activities ($4098.94).  Funded by the  Hellison Interdisciplinary Research Grant, National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education,  2019-2021

Mosenson, A., Bernstein, E., & Teitje, S. (2016) Transforming the Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education Master’s Program into a hybrid platform ($5,986.97). Online Grant from Teaching & Learning Center at Queens College.

Phillips, S.R., & Bernstein, E. (2013). Creating competitive activities in physical education for a multicultural population ($600) funded by Hofstra University School of Education Grant.

Bernstein, E. (2012). Principal Investigator, Pre service teacher beliefs regarding planning for competitive activities in Physical education. Professional Staff Congress, Traditional A (Funded, $1285) with Ariela Herman, Queens College, City University of New York.

Bernstein, E. (2011). Principal Investigator, Teachers’ perceptions of planning and implementation of competitive activities for middle school multicultural students in physical education class. Professional Staff Congress, Traditional A (funded for $1285), Queens College, City University of New York.

Gibbone, A. (2010). Principal-Investigator, Middle School Students’ Perceptions Regarding Competition in a Physical Education Setting Using Exergaming Technology, funded by the Adelphi University Presidents Faculty Development Award ($2,000) with Eve Bernstein (Queens College).

Courses Taught

FNES 705 Research Methods in Family Nutrition, Consumer Sciences and Physical Education (graduate class)

FNES 714 Analysis of Teaching Methods in Physical Education (graduate class)

FNES 713 Curriculum Development in Physical Education (graduate class)

FNES 160 Principles and Foundations of Physical Education (undergraduate class)

FNES 343 Motor Learning (undergraduate class)

FNES 14 Self Defense

Courses Developed

Accelerated, BS/MSED in Physical Education, Queens College, 2019

Research Methods for Physical Education and Family and Consumer Science (hybrid course development, 2016)​

FNES 716 Application of Contextual Issues in Physical Education

Awards and Honors

Federation Internationale d’Education Physique (FIEP), World Board Director, 2018-2020, 2020-2024

Associate Professors Travel Award, 2018, CUNY Academy, and Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research​

Federation Internationale d’Education Physique (FIEP), U.S. Delegate for 2015

Eastern District Association 2014, Margaret Paulding Lecturer in Physical Education

Queens College, 2012, William Stewart Travel Award

Licenses and Certifications

  • Professional New York State Certification in Education/Physical Education, (K-12)
  • Certified Instructor CPR, First Aid (ASHI)
  • Certified Assistant Professor (Jo-kyu Shidoin) Kokushi Karate-do
  • Certified Instructor (Shidoin) Kokushi-ryu Jujutsu
  • Certified Regional Instructor Kokushi Martial Arts Aerobic Exercise

Professional Associations

  • Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE)
  • New York Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS AHPERD)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • AERA/SIG-Research on Teaching Instruction in Physical Education

Selected Conference Presentations

Bernstein, E., & Lysniak, U.  (2022. January). Exploring female minority community college students’ personal responsibility actions to develop positive and relevant physical activities. 2022 NAKHE Virtual International Conference, Phoenix, Arizona.​

Johnson, I., Bernstein, E., Armstrong, S., & Lynsiak, U. (2021, January). Strategies to support female faculty: What is needed? Virtually presented at the 2021 NAKHE Virtual International Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Lysniak, U., & Bernstein, E. (2020, September). Attribution Theory: A framework for motor skill equity for low skilled students. Virtual presentation due to COVID 19, at the 2020 Yokohama Sport Conference, Yokohama, Japan.

Lysniak, U., Armstrong, S., Johnson, I., Bernstein, E. (2019, June). Increased exposure to worldwide physical education: Combating marginalization.  Presentation at the 2019 AIESEP International Conference, Adelphi  University, Long Island.

Bernstein, E, Herman, A.M., & Lysniak, U, (2018, October).  A longitudinal examination:Teachers’ beliefs and instruction of competitive activities. Research presentation at the triennial meeting of the Society of Health and Physical Educators on Physical Education Teacher Education and Health Education Teacher Education, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Johnson, I.L., Bernstein, E., & Armstrong, T., Lysniak, U, (2018, October). Advocating for an internationalized PETE/HETE program.  Presentation at the triennial meeting of the Society of Health and Physical Educators on Physical Education Teacher Education and Health Education Teacher Education, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Lysniak, U., & Bernstein, E. (2017, September). Neoliberalism and skill equity in physical education.  Presentation at the 12th Federation International Education Physique Congress (FIEP). Luxembourg, University of Luxemburg.

Phillips, S.R., & Bernstein, E. (2016, June.). Middle school female’s perceptions about competition in physical education. Poster presentation at the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP).  Laramie, University of Wyoming.

Lysniak, U. & Bernstein, E. (May, 2016). Teacher cognition and low skill students: A research overview. Presentation at the Cubamotricidad Conference/1st TAFISA Pan-American Congress of Sport for All Physical Education and School Sport/Symposium on Recreation, Leisure Time and Sports, Varadero, Cuba.​​

Eve R. Bernstein

Eve R. Bernstein, Ed.D
Professor, Department of Family Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences
Graduate Coordinator and Advisor Physical Education Teacher Education Program
Queens College – C.U.N.Y
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11367
Phone – (718) 997-2716
Fax – (718) 997- 2749
Email – eve.bernstein@qc.cuny.edu