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Kelley Strohacker, PhD

Associate Professor
Exercise Physiology
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, 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, Schaltegger ET*, Zakrajsek RA, Springer CM. Readiness to Perform Aerobic Activity in Adults with Obesity: A Thematic Analysis of Online Surveys. Research Quarterly in Exercise and Sport. (2019) Nov. 90;4:619-628. DOI: 10.1080/02701367.2019.1642439

Overstreet, BS, Strohacker K.  Variability in Intensity Related to Increased Overall Bout Intensity. American Journal of Health Behavior. (2018) Mar. 42(2):12-20. DOI: 10.5993/AJHB.42.2.2

Strohacker K, Boyer WR, Smitherman KN†, Cornelius E*, Fazzino D*.  Assessing Energy Level as a Marker of Aerobic Exercise Readiness: A Pilot Investigation.  International Journal of Exercise Science (2017) Jan. 10(1): 62-75. PMCID: PMC5214334

Strohacker K and Zakrajsek RADetermining Dimensionality of Exercise Readiness using Exploratory Factor Analysis. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2016) Jun. 15(2): 229-238. PMCID:PMC4879435

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 (2015) Oct. 37(5): 534-546. DOI: 10.1123/jsep.2015-0104

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

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  

Ferrara PM†, Schaltegger ET*, Beaumont CT†, Strohacker K. Determining Perceptions to Electronically-Delivered, Personally-Adaptive, Multimedia Exercise Prompts for Middle-Age Adults. International Journal of Exercise Science. (2020) Jul. 13;5:979-995. Available at

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

Sheridan L*, Toth L†., Strohacker K. Feasibility of Using Participant Owned Smartphone Features to Conduct Ecological Momentary Assessment of Planned Exercise Behavior in College Age Adults. Pursuit: The Journal of Undergraduate Research at the University of Tennessee. (2019) July 9;1:Article 1. Available At: