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Current Doctoral Students

Sean Brown
sbrow159@vols.utk.edu
HPER 136

Research Interests

Lower Extremity Biomechanics, Biomechanics of Gait, Biomechanics of Pathologic Gait, Biomechanics of Athletic Footwear, Cycling Biomechanics, Biomechanical factors influencing Sport Performance

Faculty Advisor
Songning Zhang, Ph.D.

Courses Taught

KNS 332 Lab Applied Anatomy Laboratory
KNS 422 Lab Biomechanics of Human Movement
KNS 531 Lab Graduate Biomechanics Laboratory

Education

MA California State University, Chico Kinesiology
BS California State University, Chico Exercise Physiology

Jake Melaro
jmelaro@vols.utk.edu
HPER 136

Research Interests
Lower Extremity Biomechanics, influencing Sport Performance and Injury Prevention, ACL Injury Biomechanics, Gait Biomechanics, Baseball Hitting & Pitching Biomechanics

Faculty Advisor
Joshua T. Weinhandl, PhD

Courses Taught

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

Education

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

Walter Menke
wmenke@vols.utk.edu
HPER 136

Research Interests
Joint and cartilage health analysis in osteoarthritic groups, primarily in the older population. Therapy interventions and gait alteration to prevent cartilage degradation.

Faculty Advisor
Songning Zhang, Ph.D.

Courses Taught

KNS 332 Lab Applied Anatomy Laboratory

Education

MS University of Kentucky Biomechanics
BS University of Kentucky Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Cory Beaumont
cbeaumo1@vols.utk.edu
HPER 303

Research Interests
Resistance exercise and creating person-specific programs in order to promote long-term adherence.

Faculty Advisor
Kelley Strohacker, Ph.D.

Courses Taught

KNS 480 Physiology of Exercise

Education

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

Adam Ibrahim
aibrah11@vols.utk.edu
HPER 303

Research Interests

Application and utilization of autoregulation in resistance training, performance and physique optimization, psycho-behavioral aspects of exercise, and dieting adherence.

Faculty Advisor
Kelley Strohacker, Ph.D.

Courses Taught

KNS 480 Lab Physiology of Exercise

Education

MS University of South Florida Exercise Science and Strength & Conditioning
BS University of South Florida Exercise Science

Jenna Parsons
jparso23@vols.utk.edu
HPER 303

Research Interests

Readiness to exercise and psycho-social and psycho-behavioral aspects of exercise adherence from youth to adulthood.

Faculty Advisor
Kelley Strohacker, Ph.D.

Courses Taught

KNS 414 Lab Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription

Education

BS Plymouth State University Exercise and Sport Psychology

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

Patrick Crowe
pcrowe@vols.utk.edu

Research Interests

Power dynamics in sport, sport media representations, portrayals of minoritized communities, sport for social change.

Faculty Advisors
Lars Dzikus, PhD and Adam Love, PhD

Courses Taught

RSM 330 Sport Communication
RSM 335 Sociocultural Foundations of Sport and Recreation

Education

MS University of Rhode Island Cultural Studies of Sport
BS University of Kentucky Kinesiology

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 380  Holistic Care of Athletes
RSM 410  Intercollegiate Athletics

Education

MSW The University of Texas at San Antonio Social Work
BA The University of Texas at Austin American Studies,
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Chermaine Cole
ccole35@vols.utk.edu
Research Interests
Career experiences of African American women in sports and recreation; racial diversity in sport organizations; organizational behavior; public administration

Faculty Advisor
Steven Waller, PhD

Courses Taught

RSM 310  Developing and Evaluating Therapeutic Recreation Programs
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

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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

Courses Taught

RSM 360 Sport Governance
RSM 440 Sport Marketing

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

Orr, M., Rowand, M., McCullough, B., & Pelcher, J. A. (2020). Green teams, living labs and venue tours: Using sport as a venue and vehicle to elevate transformative sustainability learning. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

McCullough, B. P., Pelcher, J. A., & Trendafilova, S. (2020). An exploratory analysis of the environmental sustainability performance signaling communications among North American sport organizations. Sustainability. 12(5), 1950; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12051950

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
High-performance cultures, leadership, the interface between wellness and performance within teams
Faculty Advisor
Rob Hardin, PhD


Courses Taught

RSM 250  Foundations of Sport Management
RSM 335  Socio-Cultural Foundations of Sport and Recreation

Education

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

 

Alexander Bianco
abianco@vols.utk.edu
HPER 144

Research Interests

The psychosocial aspects of sport injury and the development of interprofessional care teams in sport injury prevention and rehabilitation.

 

Faculty Advisor
Rebecca A. Zakrajsek, PhD

Courses Taught

KNS 231 Introduction to Sport Psychology
KNS 332 Lab Applied Anatomy

Education

MS Miami University Kinesiology & Health
BA Miami University Psychology

Victoria Bradshaw

vbradsh1@vols.utk.edu

Research Interests

Examining the intersection of race and gender in the athletic arena and how this impacts perceptions of sport enjoyment.

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Leslee Fisher


Courses Taught

KNS 231 Introduction to Sport Psychology
PYED 200 Mind & Body Training
PYED 226 Exercise & Nutrition
PYED 244 Beginning Tennis

Education

MA John F. Kennedy University Sport Psychology
BA Willamette 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

Rachel Williams
rwill175@vols.utk.edu

Research Interests

Teaching practices in higher education based on psychological theories and framework, psychosocial aspects of youth sports, youth athletes leadership, and life-skill development

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Jedediah Blanton


Courses Taught

KNS 290 Principles of Movement Control and Skill Learning
PYED 200 Mind & Body Training
PYED 237 Stress Management

Education

MS East Carolina University Sport and Exercise Psychology
BS University of North Carolina, Wilmington Exercise Science

Recent Publications

Williams, R. E., Barreria, T. V., & Tseh, W. (2020). Fitness-related benefits: land-based versus aqua-base. The Journal of sports medicine and physical fitness60(1), 26–31. https://doi.org/10.23736/S0022-4707.19.09675-0

Joei Velten
jvelten@vols.utk.edu
HPER 144

Research Interests
Attentional focus, motor skill learning, optimal performance strategies

Faculty Advisor
Jared M. Porter, PhD


Courses Taught

PYED 237 Stress Management
PYED 252 Weight Training

Education

MS Florida State University Sport Psychology
BS Texas Christian University Kinesiology