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Current Doctoral Students

Erik Hummer
ehummer@vols.utk.edu
HPER 136

Research Interests
Cycling Biomechanics, Lower Extremity Biomechanics, Total Knee Replacement, Knee OA

Faculty Advisor
Songning Zhang, PhD

Courses Taught

KNS 332L Applied Anatomy Laboratory

Education

MS Western Washington University Kinesiology
(Exercise Science concentration)
BS Pacific Lutheran University Kinesiology
(Exercise Science concentration)

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

Shelby 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 332 Applied Anatomy Lecture
KNS 332L Applied Anatomy Laboratory
KNS 422L Biomechanics of Human Movement Laboratory
PYED 203 Basic Activity & Wellness
PYED 232 Racquetball I
PYED 254 Yoga & Relaxation

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
2019 Yates Dissertation Fellowship recipient
2018 Oscar Roy Ashley Graduate Fellowship recipient
2016 J. Wallace & Katie Dean Graduate Research Fellowship recipient
2016 Chancellor’s Fellowship recipient

Recent Publications
Peel SA., Weinhandl JT. (2019) “Task but not arm restriction influences lower extremity joint mechanics during bilateral landing.” Sport Biomechanics. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14763141.2019.1659394

Peel SA., Schroeder LE., Weinhandl JT. (2019) “Comparing Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Risk Variables Between Unanticipated Cutting and Decelerating Tasks.” Journal of Applied Biomechanics. 35:101-106. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1123/jab.2017-0343

Paquette MR., Peel SA., Smith RE., Temme M., Dwyer JN. (2017) “Impact of different cross-training modalities performance and injury-related variables in high school cross country runners.” Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Epub Ahead of Print. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002042

Paquette MR., Peel SA., Schilling BK., Melcher DA., Bloomer RJ. (2017) “Soreness-related changes in three-dimensional running biomechanics following eccentric knee extensor exercise.” European Journal of Sport Science. 17:546-554. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2017.1290140

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.

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)

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

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 Advisors
David R. Bassett, Jr., PhD
Lyndsey Hornbuckle, PhD, RD

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

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

Samuel Winemiller
samwinemiller@utk.edu 
HPER 233

Research Interests
Issues of identity in sport: representations of identity in sport media; talent identification & recruiting media; personal identity negotiation in fans and athletes

Faculty Advisors
Adam Love, PhD and Lars Dzikus, PhD

Courses Taught

RSM 330 Sport Communication
RSM 335 Socio-Cultural Foundations of Sport and Recreation
RSM 430 Organization and Administration of Recreation Services

Education

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

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

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

Faculty Advisor
Robin Hardin, PhD

Courses Taught

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

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

Research Interests
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.

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

John Magliocca, MS
jmaglioc@vols.utk.edu
HPER B022

Research Interests
NCAA athletics, barriers to attendance, and the holistic care of student-athletes.

Faculty Advisor
Robin Hardin, PhD

Courses Taught

RSM 250 Foundations of Sport Management
RSM 415 Facility Planning and Development

Education

MS Niagara University Sport Management
BMDS West Virginia University Multidisciplinary 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

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

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

 

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

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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 332L 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)

Matthew Jones
mjone213@vols.utk.edu
HPER 144

Research Interests
Client perceptions of sport psychology

Faculty Advisor
Rebecca A. Zakrajsek, PhD


Courses Taught

KNS 231 Introduction to Sport Psychology
KNS 290 Principles of Movement Control and Skill Learning
PYED 237 Stress Management
PYED 249 Basketball
PYED 232 Racquetball

Education

MEd Bowling Green State University Kinesiology
BA Indiana University of Pennsylvania 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.

Matthew J. Moore
mmoor133@vols.utk.edu
HPER 144

Research Interests
Whole person/athlete development, cultural influence in sport, and spirituality and religious observances in sport and sport psychology consulting

Faculty Advisor
Leslee A. Fisher, PhD


Courses Taught

KNS 231 Introduction to Sport Psychology
KNS 290 Principles of Movement Control and Skill Learning
PYED 252 Weight Training
PYED 230 Fitness Swimming
PYED 232 Racquetball

Education

MS University of Utah Sport and Exercise Psychology
BS University of Utah Exercise and Sport Science