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shelby_peelShelby Peel
speel@vols.utk.edu
HPER 136

Research Interests
Lower extremity biomechanics, sports injury prevention and performance biomechanics, ACL injury biomechanics, baseball pitching biomechanics

Faculty Advisor
Joshua T. Weinhandl, PhD

Courses Taught

KNS 332L Applied Anatomy Laboratory

Education

MS University of Memphis Health and Sports Science
(Exercise and Sports Science concentration)
BS University of Memphis Health and Human Performance
(Exercise and Sports Science concentration)

Recognition
2016 J. Wallace & Katie Dean Graduate Research Fellowship recipient
2016 Chancellor’s Fellowship recipient

Recent Publications
Kuhman DJ., Paquette MR., Peel SA., Melcher DA. Comparison of ankle kinematics and ground reaction forces between prospectively injured and uninjured collegiate cross country runners.” Accepted: Human Movement Science, January 2016

Chester S., Zucker-Levin A., Melcher DA., Peel SA., Bloomer RJ., Paquette MR. “A comparison of knee pain, metabolic cost, and biomechanics between elliptical exercise and running in healthy runners with anterior knee pain.” Accepted: Journal of Applied Biomechanics, September 2015

IMG_8091 (533x800)Kevin Valenzuela
kvalenzu@vols.utk.edu
HPER 136

Research Interests
Total knee replacements, running, skydiving biomechanics

Faculty Advisor
Songning Zhang, PhD

Courses Taught

KNS 332L Applied Anatomy Laboratory
KNS 422L Biomechanics of Human Movement Laboratory

Education

MS California State University, Fullerton Kinesiology
Teaching Credential California State University, Fullerton Secondary Education
BA California State University, Fullerton History

Recent Publications
Valenzuela KA, Lynn SK, Wilson LR, Noffal GJ, Judelson DA. “Effect of acute alterations in foot strike patterns during running on sagittal plane lower limb kinematics and kinetics.” (March 2015; Journal of Sports Science and Medicine).

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Chen Wen
cwen@vols.utk.edu
HPER 136

Research Interests
Biomechanical analysis of lower extremity injury and rehabilitation, knee osteoarthritis, computer modeling and simulation of human movement

Faculty Advisor
Songning Zhang, PhD

Courses Taught

KNS 332L Applied Anatomy Laboratory
KNS 422L Biomechanics of Human Movement Laboratory

Education

MS The University of Tennessee Kinesiology (Biomechanics concentration)
BS Hefei University of Technology (Anhui, China) Bioengineering

Manuscripts in Preparation
Wen, C., Cao, X., Zhang, Y., Crouter, S., Wozencroft, A., Zhang, S., Knee Biomechanics of Selected Knee Unfriendly Movement Elements in 42-form Tai Ji.

Abstracts/Conference Presentations
Wen, C., Reinbolt, J., Zhang, S., Knee Joint Loads and Surrounding Muscle Forces of Selected Knee Unfriendly Movement Elements in 42-Form Tai Ji., American Society of Biomechanics Annual Conference. Columbus, OH, August 2015.

Wen, C., Zhang, S., Cao, X., Zhang, Y., Crouter, S., Wozencroft, A., Knee Biomechanics of Selected Knee Unfriendly Movement Elements in 42-Form Tai Ji., National American College of Sports medicine., San Diego, CA, 2015.

Zhang, S., Wen, C., Cao, X., Zhang, Y., Effects of Pose Heights of Selected Knee Unfriendly Tai Ji Movement Elements on Knee Biomechanics. National American College of Sports Medicine, San Diego, CA, 2015.

Wen, C., Cao, X., Zhang, S., Knee Biomechanics of Selected Knee Unfriendly Movement Elements in 42-form Tai Ji. Southeast Chapter American College of Sports Medicine. Jacksonville, FL, 2015.

Gardner J.K., Liu X., Wen C., Zhang S. Effects of a newly designed cervical collar on neck joint kinematics. The 37th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Omaha, Nebraska, 2013.

Derek Yocum
dyocum@vols.utk.edu
HPER 136

Research Interests
Lower extremity biomechanics, Total knee replacement, Knee OA, Obesity, OpenSim

Faculty Advisor
Songning Zhang, PhD

Courses Taught

KNS 422L Biomechanics of Human Movement Laboratory

Education

MS University of Tennessee, Knoxville Kinesiology
(Biomechanics concentration)
BS Ball State University Exercise Science

 

Hibbing-331 copyPaul Hibbing
phibbing@vols.utk.edu
HPER 307

Research Interests
Objective physical activity measurement; signal processing techniques for accelerometer data; demographic dimorphism in physical activity behavior and measurement

Faculty Advisor
Scott E. Crouter, PhD

Education

MS Iowa State University Kinesiology
BS Iowa State University Kinesiology and Health

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Tyler Kybartas
tkybarta@vols.utk.edu
HPER 309

Research Interests
Promotion of physical activity in children; Extrinsic and intrinsic motivation and its relation to physical activity and obesity in children; Children physical activity levels and its relation to social and cognitive factors.

Faculty Advisor
Dawn P. Coe, PhD, FACSM

Courses Taught

KNS 414 Exercise Testing and Prescription Laboratory

Education

MS University of Wyoming Kinesiology and Health Promotion
BS University of Wyoming Kinesiology and Health Promotion

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Alvin L. Morton III
amorton16@vols.utk.edu
HPER 314

Research Interests
The effects of physical activity interventions to reduce chronic disease.

Faculty Advisor
David R. Bassett, Jr., PhD

Courses Taught

KNS 480 Exercise Physiology Laboratory Methods

Education

MS Northeastern University Exercise Science
(Physical Activity and Public Health concentration)
BS Northeastern University Cardiopulmonary Sciences

Sam copySamuel LaMunion
slamunio@vols.utk.edu
HPER 307

Research Interests
Physical activity and energy expenditure measurement through objective monitoring; consumer-accelerometer validaton

Faculty Advisor
Scott E. Crouter, PhD

Education

MS University of Tennessee, Knoxville Kinesiology
(Exercise Physiology concentration)
BS University of South Carolina, Aiken Exercise and Sports Science – Basic Sciences

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Lindsay Toth
ltoth2@vols.utk.edu
HPER 314

Research Interests
Objective physical activity measurement; reliability and validity of pedometers and accelerometers

Faculty Advisor
David Bassett Jr., PhD

Courses Taught

KNS 414 Exercise Testing and Prescription Laboratory

Education

MS Western Michigan University Exercise Physiology
BS Barton College Fitness Management and Sports Management


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William Boyer
wboyer1@vols.utk.edu
HPER 305

Research Interests
The dose-response relationship between physical activity and insulin resistance; comparison of different metrics of accelerometer-measured physical activity; validity testing of consumer-based accelerometers; physical activity patterns amongst high-risk populations

Faculty Advisor
Eugene Fitzhugh, PhD

Courses Taught

KNS 350 Physical Activity Epidemiology
KNS 480 Exercise Physiology Lab Methods

Education

MS University of North Florida Exercise Physiology and Chronic Disease
(Physical Activity Epidemiology concentration)
BS University of North Florida Exercise Science

Recent Publications
Churilla, J.R., Johnson, T.M., Curls, R., Richardson, M.R., Boyer, W.R., Alnojeidi, A.H., Alcohol Consumption Patterns and Metabolic Health Risks in U.S. Adults. Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research and Reviews. Epub: May 24 2014. doi: 10.1016/j.dsx.2014.04.001.

Richardson, M.R., Johnson, T.M., Ford, E., Katzmarzyk, P., Boyer, W.R., Churilla, J.R. Gender Differences in High Sensitivity C-reactive Protein and Muscular Strengthening Activity in U.S. Adults. Journal of Physical Activity & Health. Accepted: February 17, 2015.

Boyer, W.R., Richardson, M.R., Johnson, T.M., Fitzhugh, E.C., Churilla, J.R. The associations between increasing degrees of HOMA-IR and muscular strengthening activities in euglycemic U.S. adults. Diabetes and Vascular Disease Research. Accepted: May 30, 2015.

deebAlexander Deeb
adeeb@vols.utk.edu
HPER 233

Research Interests
Race and sport; sport and culture

Faculty Advisor
Adam Love, PhD

Courses Taught

RSM 335 Socio-Cultural Foundations of Sport and Recreation

Education

MS Western Illinois University Sport Management
BS Bradley University Sport Communication

dubinsky-utYoav Dubinsky
ydubinsk@vols.utk.edu
HPER 233

Research Interests
The Olympic Games; sports, politics and international relations; legacies of sports events; nation branding and sports; sports and public diplomacy; sports and Israel; sports and media

Faculty Advisor
Lars Dzikus, PhD

Courses Taught

RSM 330 Sport and Communication
RSM 335 Socio-Cultural Foundations of Sport and Recreation
RSM 336 Social Issues in Sport

Education

MA University of Peloponnese (Greece) Olympic Studies and Sport Management
MA Tel-Aviv University (Israel) Political Communication
BA Tel-Aviv University (Israel) Political Science

Recent Publications
Dubinsky, Y. (2014). The complex relations between Israeli and the Olympic movement. In D. Chatziefstathiou, & N. Muller (Eds.), Olympism, Olympic education and learning legacies (pp. 58-67). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Dubinsky, Y. (2013). The impact of Peres Centre for Peace on conflict resolution between Israel and Palestine. Deporte Y Resolucion De Conflictos (pp. 46-50). Barcelona: Open University of Catalonia.

Dubinsky, Y., & O’Reilly, N. (2012). The communication strategies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The International Journal of Sport and Society, 3(1), 43-54.

mugshot (478x640)Jonathan Evans
jevans70@vols.utk.edu
HPER 233

Research Interests
Sexual violence and sport; religion and sport; sport history

Faculty Advisor
Lars Dzikus, PhD

Courses Taught

RSM 335 Socio-Cultural Foundations of Sport and Recreation
RSM 336 Social Issues in Sport

Education

MSEd Baylor University Sport Management
BA Baylor University Film and Digital Media

Recent Publications
Evans, J.W., & Petersen, J.C. (2015). An analysis of student-athlete and non-student-athlete religiosity at the Division I FBS level. The Journal of the Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies

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Marcus Amos
mamos3@vols.utk.edu

Research Interests
Pill addiction and student athletes; life skill barriers and African American athletes; concussions and opiate dependency.

Faculty Advisor
Steven Waller, PhD, DMin

Education

MS Louisiana State University Sport Management
MA South Carolina State University Rehabilitation Counseling
BS Southern University Therapeutic Recreation
BS Saint Augustine College Physical Education

Experience
Assistant Professor, Sport Management, Voorhees College

Recent Publications
Amos, M. L. (2015, Accepted). Education on prescription drug abuse. In M. Robinson (Ed.). Personal player development. Sarasota, FL: First Edition Design Publishing.

Amos, M., L. (2014). Have today’s African American athletes honored the struggle of ‘42’? In S. Waller (Ed.). 42: Essays on the intersection of race, class, spirituality, and sport in the Jackie Robinson story (pp. 70-86). Scottsdale, AZ: TBI-Wilshire Press.

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adigiorg@vols.utk.edu
HPER 22

Research Interests
Racial identity as it relates to black and biracial athletes and sport administrators; the underrepresentation of black women in athletics

Faculty Advisor
Robin Hardin, PhD


Courses Taught

RSM 360 Sport Governance

Education

MS Western Illinois University Sport Management
BS Western Illinois University Exercise Science

ManuUTKprofilepictureManuela Picariello
mpicarie@utk.edu
HPER B022

Research Interests
Organizational behavior; organizational culture; corporate social responsibility; and environmental sustainability

Faculty Advisors
Steven Waller, PhD
Sylvia Trendafilova, PhD

Recognition
Chancellor’s Research Fellowship

Courses Taught

PYED 206 Bowling
PYED 229 Jogging
PYED 231 Walking
PYED 234 Soccer

Education

PhD University of San Marino Management Engineering
MS University of San Marino Sport Management
BS Federico II University of Napoli Management Engineering

Recent Publications
Trendafilova, S., McCullough, B., Pfahl, M., Nguyen, S. N., Casper, J., & Picariello, M. (2014). Environmental sustainability in sport: Current state and future trends. Global Journal on Advances Pure and Applied Sciences, 3, 9-14.

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Jessica Siegele
jsiegele@vols.utk.edu
HPER 22

Research Interests
Coaching in intercollegiate ahletics; underrepresentation of women in coaching

Faculty Advisor
Robin Hardin, PhD

Courses Taught

RSM 440 Sport Marketing

Education

MS California University of Pennsylvania Exercise Science and Health Promotion
(Sport Psychology concentration)
MBA, MSBM University of Central Florida Sport Business Management and
Business Administration
BBA University of Kentucky Management and Marketing

xsmall_Smith_Allison-011Allison Smith
asmit308@vols.utk.edu
HPER 22

Research Interests
Holistic care of student-athletes; athletic identity; performance and mental toughness in softball pitchers

Faculty Advisor
Robin Hardin, PhD

Courses Taught

RSM 330 Sport Communication
RSM 360 Sport Governance
PYED 206 Bowling
PYED 236 Softball
PYED 252 Weight Training
PYED 254 Yoga and Relaxation

Education

MS Wingate University Sport Administration
BA Wingate University Communication

092b927Elizabeth Taylor
etaylo40@vols.utk.edu
HPER 347

Research Interests
Athletes (and women) and alcohol consumption; underrepresentation of women in collegiate coaching/administrative positions; sexual harassment and sexual assault on college campuses

Faculty Advisor
Robin Hardin, PhD

Courses Taught

RSM 360 Sport Governance
RSM 410 Intercollegiate Athletics
RSM 338 Applied Ethics in Recreation and Sport Management
PYED Various Physical Activity courses

Education

MS Miami University (OH) Kinesiology, Recreation, and Health
(Sport Psychology concentration)
BS University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Business Management

Recent Publications
Taylor, E.A.
, & Hardin, R. (Accepted). Female NCAA Division I Athletic Directors: Experiences and Challenges. Women in Sport & Physical Activity Journal.

Bass, J.R., Hardin, R., & Taylor, E. (Accepted). “The glass closet”: Perceptions of homosexuality in intercollegiate sport. Journal of Applied Sport Management.

Ward, R.M., Bonar, R.N., Taylor, E.A., Witmer, K.A., Brinkman, C.S, Cleveland, M.J., & Messman-Moore, T.L. (2013). Influence of academic difficulties on Thursday drinking in college women. Journal of Studies on Alcohol & Drugs, 47(6), 941-949.

Hardin, R., & Taylor, E. A. (In Press). Coaching and sexual abuse. In M. Dodds, & J. Reese, Jr. (Eds.). Sports leadership: A concise reference guide. Santa Barbara, CA: Mission Bell Media.

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Natalie Welch
nwelch1@utk.edu
HPER 22

Research Interests
Native American Sport

Faculty Advisor
Robin Hardin, PhD


Courses Taught

RSM 350 Sport Management: Theory to Practice

Education

MBA,
MSBM
University of Central Florida Business Administration,
Sport Business Management
BS University of Tennessee, Knoxville Sport Management

andy-bass-bio-picAndrew Bass
abass5@vols.utk.edu
HPER 129

Research Interests
Self-controlled learning, attentional focus, and athletic identity and transition

Faculty Advisor
Jeffrey T. Fairbrother, PhD

Courses Taught

KNS 290 Principles of Movement Control and Skill Learning
PYED 200 Billiards
PYED 206 Bowling
PYED 211 Golf
PYED 231 Walking
PYED 232 Racquetball
PYED 244 Tennis
PYED 249 Basketball
PYED 252 Weight Training

Education

MS University of Tennessee, Knoxville Kinesiology
BS Davidson College Psychology/Philosophy

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Kaylee Couvillion
kcouvill@vols.utk.edu
HPER 144

Research Interests
Attentional focus, feedback, and coaching strategies to enhance skill acquisition and performance

Faculty Advisor
Jeffrey T. Fairbrother, PhD

Courses Taught

KNS 332 Applied Anatomy Laboratory
PYED 213 Ice Skating
PYED 224 Conditioning
PYED 225 Exercise to Music

Education

MS University of South Florida Exercise Science
BS Louisiana State University Kinesiology
(Fitness Studies concentration)

Morgan Eckenrod
meckenro@vols.utk.edu
HPER 144

Research Interests
Perceptions of sport psychology and sport psychology consultants

Faculty Advisor
Rebecca A. Zakrajsek, PhD


Courses Taught

PYED 231 Walking
PYED 237 Stress Management

Education

MS Miami University Kinesiology and Health (Sport Psychology concentration)
BS Slippery Rock University Psychology

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Sara M. Erdner
serdner@vols.utk.edu

Research Interests
Relational resilience in sport

Faculty Advisor
Rebecca A. Zakrajsek, PhD


Courses Taught

KNS 490 Psychology of Coaching
COUN 212 Career & Personal Development
HEAM 455 Seminar in Student Leadership

Education

MS University of Tennessee Communication Studies
BS University of Alabama-Huntsville Communication Arts

photo-2-2 (478x640)Earlynn Lauer
elauer1@vols.utk.edu
HPER 144

Research Interests
Working with youth sport psychology professionals and coaches to integrate mental skills training in youth sports

Faculty Advisor
Rebecca Zakrajsek, PhD

Courses Taught

PYED 224 Conditioning
PYED 244 Beginning Tennis
PYED 245 Intermediate Tennis
PYED 252 Weight Training
PYED 254 Yoga and Relaxation

Education

MS University of North Texas Kinesiology (Sport Psychology concentration)
BS Drake University Psychology
BS Drake University Neuroscience

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tshigeno@vols.utk.edu

Research Interests
Morality in sport, moral identity, and cultural sport psychology

Faculty Advisor
Leslee A. Fisher, PhD

Courses Taught

KNS 231 Introduction to Sport Psychology
PYED 224 Conditioning
PYED 229 Jogging
PYED 234 Soccer
PYED 237 Stress Management

Education

MS Springfield College Exercise Science & Sport Studies
(Sport & Exercise Psychology concentration)
BS Pacific University Exercise Science
(minor in Psychology)

vonlindern-150x150Aaron von Lindern
avonlind@vols.utk.edu
HPER 129

Faculty Advisor
Jeffrey T. Fairbrother, PhD

Research Interests
Attentional focus and postural sway

Courses Taught

KNS 290 Principles of Movement Control and Skill Learning
PYED Multiple Courses

Education

MEd Arizona State University Secondary Education
MS California Polytechnic State University,
San Luis Obispo
Kinesiology
BS The University of Arizona Physiological Sciences

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