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Current Doctoral Students

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

Sean Quisenberry
squisenb@vols.utk.edu
HPER 135

Research Interests
Lower extremity Biomechanics, Sports turf-cleat interaction, sports surface interactions, skeletal muscle modeling, and sports equipment interaction.


Faculty Advisor
Songning Zhang, PhD

Courses Taught

KNS 332L Applied Anatomy Laboratory

Education

MS Texas State University Exercise Science
(Biomechanics concentration)
BS Texas Tech University Exercise Science

Recognition
2017 – ACSM Biomechanics Interest Group, Student Research Award

Lauren Schroeder
lschroe1@vols.utk.edu
HPER 136

Research Interests
Lower extremity injury prevention, ACL injury biomechanics, sports performance biomechanics, softball ACL injury biomechanics

Faculty Advisor
Joshua T. Weinhandl, PhD

Courses Taught

KNS 422L Biomechanics of Human Movement Laboratory
PYED 254 Yoga and Relaxation
PYED 237 Stress Management
PYED 252 Weight Training

Education

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

Recognition
2017 J. Wallace & Katie Dean Graduate Research Fellowship recipient
2017 Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence recipient

Abstracts
Schroeder LE, Valenzuela KA, Zhang S, Orme JG, Weinhandl JT. Knee Adduction Moment and Muscle Activation During a Sidecut on a Raised Surface. Submitted to the American Society of Biomechanics. August 2017; Boulder, CO.

Peel SA, Schroeder LE, Weinhandl JT. Unanticipated Cutting and Stopping Tasks Do Not Predict the Same ACL Injury Risk. Submitted to the XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics. July 2017; Brisbane, QLD, AU.

Articles in Review
Peel SA, Schroeder LE, Weinhandl JT. The Effects of a Run-Stop and Cutting Task on ACL-injury Risk Mechanisms. In review for Physical Therapy in Sport.

Valenzuela KA, Schroeder LE, Weinhandl JT, Cates HE, Zhang S. Strength and Balance Deficits Affecting Patient Satisfaction for Total Knee Replacements. In review for Journal of Orthopaedic Research.

Valenzuela KA, Schroeder LE, Weinhandl JT, Reinbolt J, Zakrajsek R, Cates HE, Zhang S. Overground Walking Biomechanics of Dissatisfied Total Knee Replacement Patients. In review for Journal of Biomechanics.

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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, Knoxville 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

Paula-Marie M. Ferrara
pferrar1@vols.utk.edu
HPER 314

Research Interests
Exercise promotion and adherence in sedentary adults; exercise behavior in transitional athletes

Faculty Advisor
Kelley Strohacker, PhD

Courses Taught

KNS 414 Exercise Prescription and Testing

Education

MS University of Delaware Clinical Exercise Physiology
BS University of Delaware Exercise Science
(Physiology concentration)

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

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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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

Vincenzo Nocera
vnocera@vols.utk.edu
HPER 309

Research Interests
Promotion of physical activity in children with and without intellectual disability, physical activity assessment in children with and without intellectual disability, and the impact of physical activity on academic success in children.  

Faculty Advisors
Dawn P. Coe, PhD and Angela Wozencroft, PhD

Courses Taught

RSM 320 Therapeutic Recreation and Special Populations
PYED 236 Softball
PYED 234 Soccer
PYED 249 Basketball

Education

MS Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Exercise Science
BS The College of New Jersey Health & Exercise Science

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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

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. (2017). The evolution of the Olympic Games through international relations theories. World History Bulletin, 33(1), 10-15.

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.

Samuel Winemiller
swinemil@vols.utk.edu
HPER 233

Research Interests
Sport history; identity intersection in sport; talent identification; alternative sporting communities

Faculty Advisors
Adam Love, PhD and Lars Dzikus, PhD

Courses Taught

RSM 335 Socio-Cultural Foundations of Sport and Recreation

Education

MS University of Florida  Sport Management
BA University of Central Florida  History

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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.

Samuel B. Bernstein
sbernst4@vols.utk.edu
HPER 233

Research Interets
Sporting identities; emerging intercollegiate athletics;sport for social change; sport and politics

Faculty Advisor
Robin Hardin, PhD

Courses Taught

RSM 335 Socio-Cultural Foundations of Sport and Recreation
RSM 410 Intercollegiate Athletics

Education

MS Miami University Sport Studies
BS Ithaca College Sport Management

Publications
Bernstein, S. B., & Friedman, M. T. (2013). Sticking out in the field: No, Ma’am, I do not work for the governor. Sociology of Sport Journal30(3), 274-295.

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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 Business Administration,
Sport Business Management
BBA University of Kentucky Management and Marketing

Zachary Smith
zsmith23@vols.utk.edu
HPER 22

Research Interests
Religion and Physical Sport Cultures; Sport and Religion in the United States; Sport and Evangelicalism; Sport, Religion, and Masculinities; Theory and Method.

Faculty Advisor
Steven Waller, PhD

Courses Taught

RSM 338 Applied Ethics in Recreation and Sport

Education

MA Western Michigan University Comparative Religion
BA Moody Bible Institute Historical Theology and Sports Ministry

Recent Publications
Smith, Z. (2017). Can sport be regarded as ‘cultural liturgy’? Recognizing the significance of the liturgical frame for the social scientific study of sport. Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/17430437.2017.1360568

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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

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