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Current Doctoral Students

Jake Melaro
jmelaro@vols.utk.edu
HPER 136

Research Interests
Lower Extremity Biomechanics, Biomechanical factors influencing Sport Performance, Biomechanics of Gait, Baseball Hitting & Pitching Biomechanics

Faculty Advisor
Joshua T. Weinhandl, PhD

Courses Taught

KNS 332L Applied Anatomy Laboratory

Education

MS University of Memphis Biomechanics
BS University of Tennessee, Martin Exercise Science

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.

Tanner Thorsen
tthorsen@vols.utk.edu
HPER 136

Research Interests
Cycling biomechanics, Lower extremity biomechanics, Total Knee Replacement, Knee Osteoarthritis, sports injury prevention and performance biomechanics

Faculty Advisor
Songning Zhang, PhD

Courses Taught

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

Education

MS University of Tennessee, Knoxville Kinesiology
(Biomechanics concentration)
BS Brigham Young University Exercise Science

Recognition
2018 Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence

Recent Publications
Thorsen T, K Strohacker, JT Weinhandl, S Zhang. Increased Q-Factor increases frontal-plane knee joint loading in stationary cycling. Journal of Sport and Health Science 2019. DOI: 10.1016/j.jshs.2019.07.011

Cory Beaumont
cbeaumo1@vols.utk.edu
HPER 303

Research Interests
Affective responses and perceptual experiences to physical activity and resistance exercise; improving exercise adherence

Faculty Advisor
Kelley Strohacker, PhD

Courses Taught

KNS 480 Physiology of Exercise

Education

MS University of Pittsburgh Health, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease
BS Edinboro University Human Performance

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)

Aaron Wood
awood46@vols.utk.edu
HPER 305

Research Interests
The relationships among physical activity, motor skill development, and self-regulation in preschool children

Faculty Advisor
Dawn P. Coe, PhD

Courses Taught

KNS 350 GTA Physical Activity Epidemiology

Education

MS East Carolina University Physical Activity Promotion
BS East Carolina University Health & Fitness Specialist

Ashley Cae Gardner
agardn25@vols.utk.edu
HPER 233

Research Interests
Human resource management in sport; racial diversity in sport organizations; constraints to career mobility for people of color in sport organizations; corporate cultures of sport organizations

Faculty Advisors
Steven Waller, PhD and Adam Love, PhD

Education

MA University of Michigan  Sport Management
BS Hampton University  Sport Management

Lauren Beasley, LMSW
lauren.beasley@utk.edu
HPER 22

Research Interests
Mental health of collegiate athletes, mental health programming in athletic departments, and social work in sport

Faculty Advisor
Robin Hardin, PhD

Courses Taught

RSM 250  Foundations of Sport Management
RSM 335  Sociocultural Foundations of Sport and Recreation
RSM 410  Intercollegiate Athletics

Education

MSW The University of Texas at San Antonio Social Work
BA The University of Texas at Austin American Studies,
Latin

Chermaine Cole
ccole35@vols.utk.edu
Research Interests
Constraints to career mobility for African American women in sports and recreation; racial diversity in sports organizations; sport for social change

Faculty Advisor
Steven Waller, PhD

Courses Taught

RSM 335  Sociocultural Foundations of Sport and Recreation
RSM 430 Administration of Therapeutic Recreation Services (Teaching Assistant)

Education

MS Georgia State University Sport Administration
BS Louisiana State University Kinesiology

Emily Johnson
ejohn112@vols.utk.edu
HPER 22

Research Interests
Employee rights in sport workplaces; psychology of employee performance; religion and sport

Faculty Advisor
Steven Waller, PhD

Courses Taught

PYED 202 Badminton
PYED 230 Fitness Swimming
PYED 239 Beginner Swimming
PYED 252 Weight Training
PYED 254 Yoga and Relaxation

Education

MS University of Tennessee Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior
BS Baylor University Health Science Studies

Jamee Ann Pelcher, MBA
jpelche1@vols.utk.edu
HPER 233

Research Interests
Sport Sustainability

Faculty Advisor
Sylvia Trendafilova, PhD

Education

MBA Western Carolina University Sport Management Concentration
Certificate Seattle University Sport Sustainability Leadership Graduate Certificate
BS, BA Western Carolina University Finance and Sport Management

Publications
Pelcher, J. A., & McCullough, B. P. (2019). Greening the university’s front porch: Environmental sustainability in collegiate athletics. Case Studies in Sport Management, 8(1),13-17. https://doi.org/10.1123/cssm.2019-0005

Parrish, C., & Pelcher, J. (2018). United States. In J.-M. De Waele, S. Gibril, E. Gloriozova, R. Spaaij (Eds.), The Palgrave International Handbook of Football and Politics (pp. 531-555). London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-3-319-78776-3

Kelsie Saxe
ksaxe@vols.utk.edu 
HPER 22
Research Interests
Organizational behavior in collegiate athletics; organizational culture; psychological safety; coach-athlete relationship
Faculty Advisor
Rob Hardin, PhD


Courses Taught

RSM 250  Foundations of Sport Management

Education

MS University of Tennessee Kinesiology and Sport Studies
BS University of Idaho Public Relations and Communication

Scott Smith
scottsmith@utk.edu
HPER 351
865-974-8171


Courses Taught

RSM 100 Orientation to Recreation & Sport Management
KNS 260 Practicum in Kinesiology

Education

MS University of Florida Sport Management
BS University of Florida Business Administration

 

Alexander Bianco
abianco@vols.utk.edu
HPER 144

Research Interests
Psychological aspects of sport injury

Faculty Advisor
Rebecca A. Zakrajsek, PhD

Courses Taught

KNS 290 Principles of Movement Control & Skill Learning
PYED 252 Weight Training
PYED 254 Yoga & Relaxation

Education

MS Miami University Kinesiology & Health
BA Miami University Psychology

Logan Markwell
lmarkwel@vols.utk.edu
HPER 144

Research Interests
Focus of attention, instruction, feedback, and virtual reality to improve skill acquisition and optimize the performance of motor skills

Faculty Advisor
Jared M. Porter, PhD


Courses Taught

PYED 229 Jogging
PYED 236 Softball
PYED 252 Weight Training

Education

MS Southern Illinois University Kinesiology
(Exercise Science concentration)
BA Southern Illinois University Criminal Justice

Lauren McHenry
lmchenr1@vols.utk.edu
HPER 144

Research Interests
Application of person-centered theory to coach-athlete relationships; impact of unconditional positive regard, negative regard, or disregard from coaches on athletes’ performance and wellbeing; education in sport for coaches, athletes, parents, and officials

Faculty Advisor
Rebecca A. Zakrajsek, PhD

Courses Taught

KNS 231 Introduction to Sport Psychology
PYED 225 Exercise to Music
PYED 226 Exercise & Nutrition
PYED 231 Walking & Flexibility
PYED 237 Stress Management
PYED 252 Weight Training
PYED 254 Yoga & Relaxation

Education

MS University of Tennessee Clinical Mental Health Counseling
BS Miami University Psychology
(Minor in Sport Coaching)

Lindsey Miossi
lmiossi@vols.utk.edu
HPER 144

Research Interests
Coach bullying, athletes’ experiences of emotional abuse and bullying in sport, sport policy, and education in sport for athletes, parents, coaches and sport stakeholders

Faculty Advisor
Leslee A. Fisher, PhD


Courses Taught

KNS 231 Introduction to Sport Psychology
PYED 200 Special Topics
PYED 229 Jogging
PYED 230 Fitness Swimming
PYED 237 Stress Management
PYED 239 Beginning Swimming

Education

MS University of Illinois at Chicago Kinesiology (Psychology and Promotion of Exercise, Health, and Sport Behavior concentration)
BS University of Illinois at Chicago Kinesiology
(Exercise Science and Health Promotion concentration)

Recent Publications
Prewitt-White, T., Miossi, L., & Spirov, L. (2019). Pregnancy and physical activity: Dispelling the myths that disempower women. Journal of Women’s Health & Safety Research, 3(3), 123-126.