Kinesiology (KINES) Faculty Directory

Lacy Alexander
Associate Professor of Kinesiology
814-867-1781
lma191@psu.edu
  • Mechanisms underlying vascular dysfunction with cardiovascular disease
  • Pharmacological and lifestyle interventions in vascular dysfunction
  • Control of human skin blood flow

Jonna Belanger
Instructor
814-863-6728
jjb37@psu.edu
  • Adapted Physical Activity
  • Disability sports awareness
  • Sport opportunities for all abilities

Christopher Bopp
Instructor and Director of the Center for Fitness and Wellness
814-863-9732
cmb56@psu.edu
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Fitness Testing
  • Exercise Prescription

Melissa Bopp
Associate Professor; Professor in Charge, Undergraduate Program in Kinesiology
814-863-3467
mjb73@psu.edu
  • Community-based influences on physical activity
  • Health disparities
  • Public health approaches to physical activity promotion

William E. Buckley
Professor of Exercise and Sport Science and Health Education
814-863-9730
web5@psu.edu
  • Sport injury risk for special populations
  • Orthopedic injury therapeutic interventions
  • Functional movement screening for musculoskeletal correction

John H. Challis
Professor of Kinesiology
814-863-3675
jhc10@psu.edu
  • Measurement and simulation modeling of the human musculo-skeletal system
  • Examination of human segmental inertial properties
  • Development of improved biomechanical measurement protocols

Eric J. Childs
Instructor
814-865-2724
ejc106@psu.edu
  • Instructor/supervisor Health & Physical Education
  • NSCA- CSCS & CPT Certified / Strength & Conditioning consultant
  • Instructor for exploring Careers in Kinesiology

David E. Conroy
Professor of Kinesiology and Human Development & Family Studies
814-863-3451
dec9@psu.edu
  • Motivation for competence and health, with particular emphasis on physical activity and sedentary behavior
  • Daily processes in motivation, health behavior, and quality of life/well-being
  • Behavioral interventions to modify automatic motivational processes and health behavior

Mary Jane De Souza
Professor of Kinesiology and Physiology
814-863-0045
mjd34@psu,edu
  • Etiology of and treatment of the Female Athlete Triad
  • Skeletal health in exercising women and athletes
  • Reproductive endocrinology of menstrual disorders in exercising women
  • RCTs of increased food intake in Triad-affected exercising women

Danielle Symons Downs
Professor of Kinesiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology
814-863-0456
dsd11@psu.edu
  • Individually-tailored, theoretically-designed, optimized behavioral interventions
  • Motivational determinants and outcomes of physical activity, healthy behaviors, and weight management in women before, during, and after pregnancy
  • Exercise psychology

Michael Duffey
Instructor
814-867-4457
mjd277@psu.edu
  • Using biomechanical analysis to understand the motions (kinematics) and forces (kinetics) in the golf swing
  • Examining factors that influence golf performance; including physical fitness, athletic ability, and equipment
  • Development of goal-oriented fitness and performance training programs

Michele L. Duffey
Director, Kinesiology Physical Activity Program
814-865-2418
mlp127@psu.edu
  • Educating and motivating people to improve physical fitness and wellness through physical activity, exercise, and creating healthy behavior change
  • Impacting the quality of life and fitness of the Penn State community through delivery of our general education curriculum and Exercise is Medicine programming 

Mark S. Dyreson
Professor of Kinesiology
814-863-3683
mxd52@psu.edu
  • History of sport
  • social and cultural dynamics of human movement
  • Race, ethnicity, gender, and sport

Robert B. Eckhardt
Professor of Developmental Genetics and Evolutionary Morphology
814-863-9963
eyl@psu.edu
  • Structure, function, development and evolution of the human musculoskeletal system
  • Empirical acquired biophilosophy ("Outside of a book, a dog is man's best friend; inside a dog it's too dark to read.")

Blair Evans
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
814-865-1601
mbe13@psu.edu
  • Studying how group dynamics shape experiences in social settings ranging from individual sport teams to recreational running groups
  • Studying how positive and negative peer relationships shape involvement in sport from early experiences in youth sport, to elite level competition
  • Temporal perceptions about exercise outcomes – contrasting how proximal (short-term) and distal (long-term) exercise outcomes shape motivation and behavior related to physical activity

Jinger S. Gottschall
Associate Professor of Kinesiology
814-867-2318
jinger@psu.edu
  • biomechanics and neurophysiology of human locomotion on level as well as hill surfaces
  • cardiovascular and muscular physiology of physical activity interventions

Lori A. Gravish Hurtack
Kinesiology Internship Coordinator and Instructor
814-865-1326
lag138@psu.edu
  • Professional Development and Pre Certification Coordinator and Instructor
  • Exercise Prescription for Special Populations
  • EKG Interpretation

Paul Hefty
Instructor
814-867-4815
pdh16@psu.edu
  • Principles and Ethics of Coaching
  • Business Aspects of Health, Fitness, and Wellness
  • Experiential Learning and Leadership Development

W. Larry Kenney
Professor of Physiology, Kinesiology and Marie Underhill Noll Chair in Human Performance
814-863-1672
w7k@psu.edu
  • Control of human skin blood flow with an emphasis on aging.
  • Physiology and biophysics of heat exchange between humans and the environment.
  • Thermoregulation during exercise and in extreme environments.

Donna H. Korzick
Professor of Physiology and Kinesiology, Chair Intercollege Program in Physiology
814-865-5679
dhk102@psu.edu
  • Aging, post-menopausal women, cardiovascular disease risk, and mitochondrial dynamics
  • Animal models include rodent aging, estrogen deficiency, ischemia-reperfusion injury, chronic ethanol ingestion, and exercise
  • Estrogen receptor and PKC-dependent protective signaling in relation to oxidant stress

Lauren C. Kramer
Instructor of Kinesiology
814-863-1758
lco100@psu.edu
  • Incorporating Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) into clinical education
  • Chronic Ankle Instability
  • ACL Ligament Injury
  • Female Athlete Triad

R. Scott Kretchmar
Professor Emeritus of Exercise and Sports Science
814-863-4492
rsk1@psu.edu
  • Philosophy and values of physical activity
  • Ethics of sport
  • Games and the evolution of human intelligence

Mark L. Latash
Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology
814-863-5374
mll11@psu.edu
  • Neural control of movement
  • Motor synergies
  • Movement disorders

Francisco Javier Lopez Frias
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
814-865-5801
fjl13@psu.edu
  • The Ethics of Doping
  • The Use of Human Enhancement Technologies in Sport
  • Normative Theories of Sport

Scherezade Mama
Assistant Professor
814-863-5887
skmama@psu.edu
  • Racial/ethnic and gender disparities in physical activity/inactivity
  • Impact of the physical and social environment on physical activity/inactivity
  • Psychosocial interventions to increase physical activity and reduce health disparities

Sayers John Miller III
Assistant Professor
814-865-6782
sjm221@psu.edu
  • Manual Therapy, Rehabilitation, and Functional Testing
  • Examination of effects of clinical interventions based upon patient outcomes and biomechanical and motor control measures

Helene Monthley
Instructor
814-865-1347
hlm107@psu.edu
  • Health Education/Wellness Concepts
  • Pedagogy in Health Education
  • Health Concepts in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine

Gustavo Nader
Associate Professor
814-867-6153
gan11@psu.edu

Kristina Neely
Assistant Professor
814-863-9243
kan17@psu.edu
  • Movement Neuroscience
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Motor Control

Craig Parkes
Instructor
814-863-7366
cap32@psu.edu
  • Occupational Socialization
  • Teaching Games for Understanding (and other tactical teaching models)
  • Soccer Coaching

James A. Pawelczyk
Associate Professor of Physiology and Kinesiology
814-863-5792
jap18@psu.edu

Stephen J. Piazza
Professor of Kinesiology; Graduate Program Director
814-865-3413
piazza@psu.edu
  • Contributions of joint mechanics to human performance
  • Simulation of human movement
  • Structure-function relationships in the musculoskeletal system

David N. Proctor
Professor of Kinesiology and Physiology
814-863-0724
dnp3@psu.edu
  • Vascular physiology
  • Aging
  • Exercise as medicine

Robert Ricketts
Senior Lecturer
814-865-2421
rdr3@psu.edu
  • Experiential learning: leadership development and team building using an outdoor model (Outward Bound)
  • Business aspects of health, fitness, and wellness
  • Student centered learning via the Kinesiology Club events (Club Advisor)

Jonas Rubenson
Associate Professor
814-867-6209
jxr75@psu.edu
  • Mechanics and energetics of locomotion
  • In vivo skeletal muscle function
  • Musculoskeletal structure-function

Robert Sainburg
Professor of Kinesiology and Neurology
814-863-7938
rls45@psu.edu
  • Brain Lateralization for Motor Control
  • Multijoint and Interlimb Coordination
  • Recovery of Function in Stroke Survivors

Megan Schuchert
Instructor
814-865-2724
mks151@psu.edu
  • Nutrition
  • Fitness and wellness for life
  • Developing swimming and jogging workout routines

Jaime Schultz
Associate Professor of Kinesiology
814-865-1032
jls1024@psu.edu
  • Sport History
  • Women, Sport, & Physical Culture
  • Race, Cultural Memory, and Sport

Neil A. Sharkey
Professor of Kinesiology, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, and Vice President for Research
814-865-6332
nas9@psu.edu
  • Skeletal Tissue Mechanics
  • Foot and Ankle Biomechanics
  • Locomotion and Gait

Semyon M. Slobounov
Professor of Kinesiology
814-865-3146
sms18@psu.edu
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Sports-related concussion
  • Psychology of Athletic Injuries
  • Application of Virtual Reality for Medical Rehabilitation
  • Neural bases postural control
  • EEG correlates of cognitive functions
  • Functional MRI in assessment of concussion

Brent I. Smith
Instructor of Kinesiology
814-865-8816
bis10@psu.edu
  • Emergency Response and Management of Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Chronic Ankle Instability
  • Clinical Education in Athletic Training
  • Evidenced-Based Medicine and Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Care

John Vairo
Clinical Assistant Professor; Program Director | Clinical Education Coordinator, Athletic Training Major
814-865-2725
glv103@psu.edu
  • Neuromusculoskeletal pathokinesiology of the knee, hip, shoulder and spine
  • Physical rehabilitation and orthopaedic manual therapy interventions
  • Methodology of physical preparation and task-specific training 

Alison Weimer
Program Director, Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE)
814-865-5780
axw206@psu.edu
  • Physical Education
  • Health Education
  • Educational Theory and Policy

Nancy I. Williams
Professor of Kinesiology and Physiology, and Head of Department, Kinesiology.
814-863-1163
niw1@psu.edu
  • Women’s health and exercise with an emphasis on the female athlete triad
  • Interactions between energy balance and menstrual cycle physiology in exercising women
  • Effects of food intake and exercise on gut peptides and metabolic signals
  • Effects of psychosocial stressors on reproductive function 

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