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Kelley Strohacker, PhD

Associate Professor
HPER 331


KNS 200 Orientation to Kinesiology
KNS 414 Fitness Testing & Exercise Prescription
KNS 440 Strength & Conditioning
KNS 541 Behavioral Intervention Development
KNS 508 Research Methods
KNS 535 Health and Exercise Psychology


  • Psycho-behavioral aspects of exercise adherence
  • Adaptation of periodization strategies for untrained, at-risk populations
  • Conceptualizations and applications for measuring ‘readiness-to-exercise’ to guide participant-responsive exercise prescription


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


2019-Present    Associate Professor, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2013–2019        Assistant Professor, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2011–2013        Postdoctoral Fellow, Brown University Alpert Medical School


* denotes undergraduate co-authors and † denotes graduate co-authors directly under Dr. Strohacker’s supervision

Most Relevant Publications

Strohacker K, Sudeck G., Keegan R, Ibrahim AH†, Beaumont CT. Contextualizing Flexible Nonlinear Periodization as a Person-Adaptive Behavioral Model for Exercise Maintenance. Health Psychology Review (2023) ePub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1080/17437199.2023.2233592

Strohacker K, Toth LP†, Sheridan L*, Crouter SE. Tracking of Walking and Running for Exercise: Alignment Between Ecological Momentary Assessment and Accelerometer-Based Estimates. Journal of the Measurement of Physical Behavior (2022) July 5;3:156-167. DOI: 10.1123/jmpb.2022-0016.

Strohacker K, Keegan, R, Beaumont, CT†, Zakrajsek RA.  Applying P-Technique Factor Analysis to Explore Person-Specific Models of Readiness-To-Exercise. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living (2021) June 3:685813. DOI: 10.3389/fspor.2021.685813

Strohacker K, Beaumont CT†.  The Shared Criticisms of Periodization Models and Behavior Change Theories for Exercise: An Opportunity for Collaborative Advancement? Kinesiology Review. (2020) May 9;2:170-178. DOI:10.1123/kr.2019-0051

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. 10.1016/j.pmedr.2015.04.023

All Publications 

Student Publications

Smith-Ricketts J†, Beaumont CT†, Fleming JK, Hornbuckle LM, Strohacker K. Exploring Determinants of Exercise-Related Affective Valence in Regular Exercisers Between the Ages of 55 and 69 Years. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (2023) June, 31;3:440-452 DOI: 10.1123/japa.2022-0064

Ferrara PM†, Eckenrod MR, Zakrajsek RA, Beaumont CT†, Strohacker K. Exploring Former NCAA Division I College Athletes’ Experiences with Post-Sport Physical Activity: A Qualitative Approach.  Journal of Applied Sport Psychology (2021) November, 35;2:244-264 DOI: 10.1080/10413200.2021.1996482.

Beaumont CT†, Ferrara PM†, Strohacker K. Exploring Determinants of Recalled In-Task Affective Valence During Recreational Exercise. Physiology & Behavior. (2021) Nov. 230:113261. DOI: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2020.113261  

Beaumont CT†, Ferrara PM†, Strohacker K. Measurements of Acute Affective Responses to Resistance Exercise: A Systematic Review. Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. (2020) Jun. 5;11:1-7. DOI: 10.1249/TJX.0000000000000126

Ferrara PM†, Beaumont C†, Strohacker K.  Quality of Reporting for Single-Case Experimental Designs Targeting Physical Activity Behavior: A Systematic Review. Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. (2019) Dec. 4;23:257-265. DOI:10.1249/TJX.0000000000000109