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

Faculty Research Interests

Hawley Almstedt Bone Mineral Density, Peak Bone Mass, Osteoporosis Prevention, Cancer Survivorship, and Binge Drinking
William McCormack  Endurance Activities, Electromyography, Sports Science, Ergogenic Aids
Jenevieve Roper

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

Stephanie Perez  Musculoskeletal assessments, Manual Therapy Treatment Paradigms
Todd Shoepe 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 Epidemiology and Gene-Environment Interactions, Cancer Survivorship and Comorbidity in Cancer Survivors, as well as Chronic Disease Management

Ongoing Research

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.
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.
Alcohol and Bone Health Skeletal Effects of Heavy Episodic Drinking in College – Examine the effects of binge drinking on the skeletal system.
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.