Kinesiology (KINES) Faculty Directory

Lacy Alexander
Associate Professor of Kinesiology
  • Mechanisms underlying vascular dysfunction with cardiovascular disease
  • Pharmacological and lifestyle interventions in vascular dysfunction
  • Control of human skin blood flow

Jonna Belanger
  • Adapted Physical Activity
  • Disability sports awareness
  • Sport opportunities for all abilities

Christopher Bopp
Instructor and Director of the Center for Fitness and Wellness
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Fitness Testing
  • Exercise Prescription

Melissa Bopp
Associate Professor; Professor in Charge, Undergraduate Program in Kinesiology
  • 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
  • Sport injury risk for special populations
  • Orthopedic injury therapeutic interventions
  • Functional movement screening for musculoskeletal correction

John H. Challis
Professor of Kinesiology
  • 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/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
  • 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
  • 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

Jonathan Dingwell
Professor of Kinesiology
  • Maintaining dynamic stability during walking in young and older adults
  • Virtual reality interventions to improve dynamic stability during walking
  • Understanding the role of neuronal noise in movement coordination

Danielle Symons Downs
Professor of Kinesiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • 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

Michele L. Duffey
Director, Kinesiology Physical Activity Program
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Professional Development and Pre Certification Coordinator and Instructor
  • Exercise Prescription for Special Populations
  • EKG Interpretation

Andrew Hardyk
  • Sports biomechanics
  • Fitness in college-aged populations
  • Lifetime fitness

Paul Hefty
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Sport Science
  • Philosophy and values of physical activity
  • Ethics of sport
  • Games and the evolution of human intelligence

Mark L. Latash
Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology
  • Neural control of movement
  • Motor synergies
  • Movement disorders

Francisco Javier Lopez Frias
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
  • The Ethics of Doping
  • The Use of Human Enhancement Technologies in Sport
  • Normative Theories of Sport

Scherezade K. Mama
Assistant Professor
  • Disparities in physical activity/inactivity among racial/ethnic minorities, women, low-income and rural populations
  • Ecologic correlates of physical activity/inactivity in underserved and vulnerable populations
  • Psychosocial interventions to promote physical activity and reduce physical inactivity-related health disparities
  • Physical activity promotion along the cancer control continuum (prevention through survivorship)

Sayers John Miller III
Assistant Professor
  • Manual Therapy, Rehabilitation, and Functional Testing
  • Examination of effects of clinical interventions based upon patient outcomes and biomechanical and motor control measures

Helene Monthley
  • Health Education/Wellness Concepts
  • Pedagogy in Health Education
  • Health Concepts in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine

Gustavo Nader
Associate Professor

Kristina Neely
Assistant Professor
  • Movement Neuroscience
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Motor Control

Stacey Nowicki
  • Educating students to develop healthier lifestyles and behavioral changes throughout the lifespan
  • Fitness Wellness and Conditioning
  • Nutrition

Craig Parkes
  • Occupational Socialization
  • Teaching Games for Understanding (and other tactical teaching models)
  • Soccer Coaching

James A. Pawelczyk
Associate Professor of Physiology and Kinesiology

Stephen J. Piazza
Professor of Kinesiology; Graduate Program Director
  • 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
  • Vascular physiology
  • Aging
  • Exercise as medicine

Robert Ricketts
Senior Lecturer Emeritus
  • Experiential learning: leadership development and team building using an outdoor model (Outward Bound)
  • Business aspects of health, fitness, and wellness

Storm Riddle
  • Fitness & Wellness Education
  • Physical activity promotion
  • Fitness instruction

Jonas Rubenson
Associate Professor
  • Mechanics and energetics of locomotion
  • In vivo skeletal muscle function
  • Musculoskeletal structure-function

Robert Sainburg
Professor of Kinesiology and Neurology
  • Brain Lateralization for Motor Control
  • Multijoint and Interlimb Coordination
  • Recovery of Function in Stroke Survivors

Megan Schuchert
  • Nutrition
  • Fitness and wellness for life
  • Developing swimming and jogging workout routines

Jaime Schultz
Associate Professor of Kinesiology
  • 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
  • Skeletal Tissue Mechanics
  • Foot and Ankle Biomechanics
  • Locomotion and Gait

Michelle Sikes
  • Sport and gender
  • Sport in Britain and empire, 1800-2000
  • African sport history
  • Sport and public policy
  • Sport and development
  • Histories of women and gender in Africa

Semyon M. Slobounov
Professor of Kinesiology
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Physical Education
  • Health Education
  • Educational Theory and Policy

Nancy I. Williams
Professor of Kinesiology and Physiology, and Head of Department, Kinesiology
  • 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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