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Kelley Strohacker, PhD

Assistant Professor
Exercise Physiology
HPER 338


KNS 414 Fitness Testing & Exercise Conditioning
KNS 440 Strength & Conditioning
KNS 541 Promoting Physical Activity


  • Physiological and psychosocial responses to acute and chronic exercise
  • The role of physical activity in the treatment and prevention of obesity and its co-morbidities
  • Development of novel interventions to improve long-term adherence to physical activity in sedentary populations


PhD University of Houston Kinesiology
BS Bowling Green State University Exercise Specialist

2013–present     Assistant Professor, The University of Tennessee
2011–2013         Postdoctoral Fellow, Brown University Alpert Medical School

Unick JL, Strohacker K, Papandonatos G, Williams DM, O’Leary KC, Dorfman L, Becofsky K, Wing RR.  Examination of the consistency in affective response to acute exercise in overweight and obese women.  Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, In Press.

Strohacker K, Galárraga O, Emerson J, Fricchione SR, Lohse M, Williams DM. Impact of Small Monetary Incentives on Exercise in University Students.   American Journal of Health Behavior (2015) Nov. 39(6):779-785.

Unick J, O’Leary K, Dorfman L, Thomas JG, Strohacker K, Wing RRConsistency of Compensatory Eating Responses Following Acute Exercise in Inactive, Overweight and Obese Women.  British Journal of Nutrition (2015) Apr. 113(7):1170-1177.

Strohacker K, Fazzino D, Xu X, Breslin W.  The Use of Periodization in Exercise Prescriptions for Inactive Adults: A Systematic Review. Preventive Medicine Reports (2015) May. 2:385-396.

Strohacker K, Galarraga O, Williams DM. The Impact of Incentives on Exercise Behavior: A Systematic Review of Randomzied Controlled Trials.  Annals of Behavioral Medicine (2014) Aug. 48;1:92-99. 

Strohacker K, McCaffery JM, Wing, RR.  Adaptations of leptin, ghrelin or insulin during weight loss as predictors of weight regain: a review of the current literature.  International Journal of Obesity (2014) Mar. 38:388-396.  

Carpenter KC, Strohacker K, McFarlin BK. Considerations to Maximize Fat Mass Gain in a Mouse Model of Diet-Induced Weight Gain. Laboratory Animals (2013) Oct. 47;4:266-273 

McFarlin BK, Johnston CA, Carpenter KC, Davidson TR, Moreno JP, Strohacker K, Breslin WL, Foreyt JP.  A One-Year School-Based Diet/Exercise Intervention Improves Non-Traditional Disease Biomarkers in Mexican-American Children.  Matern Child Nutr (2013) Oct. 9;4:524-532 

Strohacker K, Wing RR, McCaffery JM. Relative Impact of Body Mass Index and Physical Activity on Inflammatory Markers in the MIDUS Cohort.  BMJ Open (2013); May 3(5).  

Breslin WL, Strohacker K, Carpenter KC, Haviland DL, McFarlin BK. Mouse Blood Monocytes: Standardizing their identification and analysis using CD115.  J Immunol Methods (2013) ‪Apr 390 (1-2): 1-8.

McFarlin, BK, Carpenter KC, Strohacker K, Breslin WL. Comparison of Blood Monocytes and Adipose Tissue Macrophages in a Mouse Model Diet-Induced Weight Gain Comparative Medicine (2012) Dec. 62(6):462-465

McCaffery JM, Marsland AL, Strohacker K, Muldoon MF, Manuck SB. Factor structure underlying components of allostatic load PLoS ONE (2012) Oct. 7(10):e47246.  

Strohacker K, Breslin WL, Carpenter KC, Davidson TR, Agha NH, McFarlin BK.  Moderate-intensity, pre-meal cycling blunts postprandial increases in monocyte cell-surface CD18, CD11a and endothelial microparticles following a high-fat meal in young adults.  Appl Physiol Nutr Metab (2012) Jun. 37(3):530-9

Breslin WL, Johnston CA, Strohacker K, Carpenter KC, Davidson TA, Moreno JP, Foreyt JP, McFarlin BK. Obese Mexican-American children have elevated MCP-1, TNF-a, monocyte concentration and dyslipidemia. Pediatrics (2012) May 129(5):e1180-6

Strohacker K, Breslin WL, McFarlin BK. Aged Mice have Increased Inflammatory Monocyte Concentration and Altered Expression of Cell-Surface Functional Receptors.  Journal of Biosciences (2012) Mar. 37(1):55-62 

Carpenter KC, Strohacker K, Breslin WL, Lowder TW, Agha NH, McFarlin BK.  Effects of Exercise on Weight Loss and Monocytes in Obese Mice.  Comp Med (2012) Feb. 62;1:21-6 

Wing RR, Strohacker K, McCaffery JM. Long-term persistence of hormonal adaptations to weight loss. Comment on N Engl J Med 2011 Oct 27;365(17):1597-604  N Engl J Med (2012) Jan. 366(4) 382; author reply 382.

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