Research in the department ranges from athletic training education to cancer epidemiology. Our goal is to actively engage undergraduates in research. Students are encouraged to contact faculty and discuss potential projects!

Students conducting athletic training research

Faculty Research Interests

Hawley Almstedt Bone Mineral Density, Peak Bone Mass, Osteoporosis Prevention, Cancer Survivorship, and Binge Drinking
Yong Woo An Brain Function and Sensorimotor/Neurocognitive Interventions in Peripheral Joint Injuries; Concussions
Christopher Cappelli Neurocognition, Neurobiology, Substance Abuse, Addiction and other Health Behaviors
William McCormack Endurance Activities, Electromyography, Sports Science, Ergogenic Aids
Jenevieve Roper

Clinical Biomechanics, Running Gait Retraining, Patellofemoral Pain and Osteoarthritis, Sports Nutrition and Performance

Todd Shoepe Bloodflow Restriction Training and Bone Health, Resistance Training, Muscle Physiology, Educational Technology in the Classroom, Anatomy and Physiology Education
Sarah Strand Concussions in Athletes, Athletic Training Education, Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Modalities in Athletics
Heather Tarleton Cancer Survivorship, Caregiver Burden, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Quality of Life Research, Health Services for Marginalized Populations

Ongoing Research


B2RT (Bloodflow Restriciton Resistance Training) Testing the effects of intermittent blood flow restriction (BFR) exercise training on bone health and muscle morphology and performance. BFR is a type of training method involving a partial restriction of arterial blood partial restriction of venous blood outflow in a working muscle group.
Community Health Services Partnerships with Los Angeles-based non-profits provide opportunities for students and faculty to assess the health needs of marginalized populations, deliver culturally relevant interventions, and support capacity building effort.
Health-Related Quality of Life A collaboration with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is beginning to explore the effectiveness of medical art therapy on improving quality of life and health service utilization among cancer patients. 
IMPAACT The IMPAACT Study seeks to "Improve Physical Activity After Cancer Treatment" in order to support cancer survivors in their return to healthy living after treatment.
Lifestyle choices and Bone Health in Young Adults A 1-year examination of how diet, exercise, oral contraceptive use, and alcohol consumption influence bone mineral density, bone turnover markers, and other indicators of health in college-aged adults.
Longitudinal Study of Young Adult Distance Runners This long-term study will track the changes in men and women young adult distance runners in variables such as bone health, diet, aerobic capacity, and muscular strength.
Resistance Band Loading Properties

Examining the reliability of the resistance bands that have become a popular training aid in muscular strength and endurance programs.

Facilities and Labs

Anatomy & Physiology Lab The Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory provides students the space to develop foundational knowledge in human anatomy and complex physiological systems through hands-on activities including dissections, experimentation, and interactions with preserved specimens and models.
Health Science Lab The Health Science Laboratory is equipped with instrumentation and supplies which enable research and learning about biomarkers of health found in blood and urine samples.
Sports Medicine Lab  The Sports Medicine Laboratory provides a space for future health professionals to acquire the hands-on skills and experience in using equipment common in the physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, and nursing professions.
Applied Physiology Laboratory (APL) The Applied Physiology Laboratory (APL) provides students with the opportunity to get hands-on experience with resistance training equipment, perform balance assessments, and lead group-exercise programs.
Human Performance Lab (HPL)

The Human Performance Teaching and Research Laboratory provides students with the opportunity to work with equipment designed to study exercise science and wellness including health promotion, disease prevention, optimal performance and injury prevention.