Faculty and Staff
Lacy Alexander’s research utilizes the human cutaneous circulation to examine the underlying signaling mechanisms mediating microvascular dysfunction in diseases, as well as the influence of drug-interventions.
Jonna Belanger is a National Paralympic Athletics Classifier, and her research interests have been focused on increasing sport opportunities for youth with disabilities within interscholastic sports.
Professor in Charge, Undergraduate Program in Kinesiology
Melissa Bopp’s area of research is understanding and promoting physical activity in diverse populations and settings.
Director of the Center for Fitness and Wellness
Christopher Bopp is the Director of the Kinesiology Center for Fitness and Wellness.
John H. Challis' research focuses on biomechanics, and the coordination and function of the musculo-skeletal system.
Eric Childs is an Instructor and Student Teaching Site Supervisor in Kinesiology (HPE Option).
David Conroy's research focuses on achievement motivation, with a particular concentration on within-person dynamics of motivation and health behavior to develop precision behavioral interventions; how automatic motivation processes improve health behavior.
Mary Jane De Souza specializes in the etiology of and treatment of the Female Athlete Triad, skeletal health in exercising women and athletes, reproductive endocrinology of menstrual disorders in exercising women, and RCTs of increased food intake in exercising women.
Jonathan Dingwell focuses on the biomechanics, dynamics and neuromuscular control processes that govern complex adaptive human movements with a primary emphasis on improving human health.
Natasha Dinsmore is a Kinesiology Academic Adviser for KINES/Athletic Training majors, transfer students, and prospective students.
Danielle Downs researches the motivational determinants of exercise among women and children, application of the Theory of Planned Behavior to exercise, and lifestyle interventions for women (preconceptional, pregnant, gestational diabetes).
Director, Kinesiology Physical Activity Program
Michele Duffey is the Program Director for the Kinesiology Physical Activity Program (KPAP).
Mark Dyreson specializes in history of sport, social and cultural dynamics of human movement, race, ethnicity, and gender in sport.
Robert Eckhardt's research is focused on the interaction of genetic and environmental influences on growth and development in human populations; musculo-skeletal structures are of primary interest.
Blair Evans' research focuses on the inherent social nature of sport and physical activity, and ensuring that meaningful and positive relationships are developed in these settings.
Jinger S. Gottschall's research focuses on the effectiveness of various exercise regimes.
Paul Hefty specializes in Coaching and Leadership and the Principles and Ethics of Coaching. Examining the challenges of today’s coaching profession through societal norms and expectations from the past and present to develop quality coaches, teachers, and leaders.
and Marie Underhill Noll Chair in Human Performance
W Larry Kenney specializes in control of human skin blood flow with an emphasis on aging, physiology and biophysics of heat exchange between humans and the environment, and thermoregulation during exercise and in extreme environments.
Donna Korzick's research focuses on aging and cardiovascular disease risk using animal models; effects of estrogen deficiency on mitochondrial regulation of cell survival during myocardial infarction; PKC-dependent mechanism and oxidant stress.
Scott Kretchmar's research interests include the metaphysics and ethics of games, play, and sport anthropological philosophy, in particular, the role of games and play in human evolution and theory of mind and the intellectual requirements of sporting activity.
Mark L. Latash's field of research interest is motor control defined as an area of natural science exploring how the nervous system interacts with other body parts and the environment to produce purposeful, coordinated actions.
Francisco Javier López Frías researches sports ethics and human enhancement, but is also interested in political philosophy, normative ethics, and applied ethics.
Scherezade Mama is interested in understanding the mechanisms through which the social environment and psychosocial factors influence modifiable behavioral risk factors, like overweight/obesity and physical inactivity, and targets these factors to reduce health disparities.
Samuel Masters' research interests are in furthering the development of biomechanics and our understanding of human motion dynamics.
Sarah Milito is the lead Academic Adviser for Kinesiology. Sarah works with pre-major students, KINES/ATHTR majors, transfer students, and prospective students. Sarah also coordinates the Kinesiology Peer Mentors.
Gustavo Nader researches skeletal muscle growth control and adaptations to exercise. Ribosome biogenesis, transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of RNA Polymerase I.
James A. Pawelczyk's research is focused on neural control of circulation, particularly skeletal muscle blood flow, as it is affected by exercise or spaceflight.
David N. Proctor studies the physiology of aging and exercise; cardiovascular responses to exercise; regulation of skeletal muscle blood flow; skeletal muscle adaptation; vascular adaptation.
Jonas Rubenson's research aim is to identify the fundamental principles underlying muscle function during locomotion- in particular in vivo function during movement and the relationship between muscle mechanics and locomotor energetics.
Robert Sainburg studies the neural principles underlying the planning and execution of arm movements, mechanisms underlying intralimb and interlimb coordination, and the mechanisms underlying coordination deficits associated with neurological disorders; neurorehabilitation.
Jaime Schultz's research interests encompass two broad areas: 1) issues of sex, gender, and sexuality in women’s sport; 2) racial politics and cultural memory.
Joelle Sherlock is a Kinesiology Academic Adviser for pre-major students, KINES/Athletic Training majors, transfer students, and prospective students.
Michelle Sike’s research focus includes analyses of gender and sport in global cultures, as well as connecting the humanities to disciplines devoted to the enhancement of human health and wellness.
Sam Slobounov's research is focused on the neural basis of human movements with special emphasis on rehabilitation medicine, psychology and neurophysiology, including traumatic brain injuries.
Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation
Program Director | Clinical Education Coordinator, Athletic Training Major
John L Vairo's research agenda incorporates an interdisciplinary approach to sports medicine focusing on health-related quality of life and human performance in physically active persons.
Professor of Kinesiology and Physiology
Nancy I. Williams' research is centered on physiological and behavioral underpinnings of interactions between energy balance, reproductive function, bone health and exercise performance.