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Eugene Fitzhugh, PhD, Director

Eugene Fitzhugh teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in physical activity, epidemiology, and research methodologies. His research has resulted in numerous publications in various public health, nutrition, and health promotion journals. He has served as editor for the American Journal of Health Studies and currently reviews papers for several other journals. As a physical activity epidemiologist, his primary area of research revolves around the relationship of physical activity and obesity, along other chronic diseases across the lifespan.

Moriah Goss, BS, Graduate Assistant

Moriah Goss is a graduate student seeking a master’s degree in exercise physiology in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies. She plans to focus her research on exercise as it relates to pregnancy, both prenatal and postpartum. Her experience has accrued from various settings within the field from program design and performance training in collegiate weight rooms to exercise prescription and personal fitness training for the general public and special populations.

Goss earned her Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science from Oral Roberts University and is an active member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). She also serves as the coordinator for Exercise is Medicine On Campus at UT.


Dixie Thompson, PhD

Dixie Thompson, PhDDixie Thompson focuses her research on the health benefits of exercise for women and techniques used for body composition assessment. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications. She also wrote six chapters in the fifth edition of Howley and Franks’ Fitness Professional’s Handbook. She is a frequent author of articles for fitness professionals and general audiences.

Thompson is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is quite active in professional societies. She is the current past-president of the Southeast Chapter of ACSM and is the associate editor-in-chief for ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal. Thompson is also an editorial board member of ACSM’s Fit Society Page Newsletter and is former chair of Physical Fitness Council for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

David Bassett Jr., PhD

David Bassett, Jr., PhDDavid Bassett has used pedometers to measure walking activity in different populations. He and his students have collected data on groups ranging from school children to sedentary, middle-aged adults to Amish farmers. They are exploring the relationships of pedometer-determined values of “steps per day” to body weight, blood pressure, and other cardiovascular risk factors. A number of studies conducted in our laboratory have examined the benefits of walking and swimming for weight loss, blood pressure reduction, and glucose tolerance.

Bassett directs the UT Applied Physiology Laboratory within the department and is co-director of the Obesity Research Center at UT (with Naima Moustaid-Moussa).

Dawn P. Coe, PhD

Dawn P. Coe, PhDDawn Coe’s research focuses primarily on pediatric exercise physiology. Coe conducts research on the relationships between physical activity in relation to physical fitness and academic performance in youth. She is also currently investigating the genetic influence on physical fitness and cardiovascular disease risk in youth. Additionally, her research interests include the growth and maturation process and physical activity epidemiology. Coe is involved with the American College of Sports Medicine and the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine (NASPEM). She is currently serving on the Midwest Chapter of ACSM and NASPEM executive boards.

Scott Crouter, PhD

Scott Crouter, PhD

Scott Crouter’s research interests revolve around measuring physical activity and energy expenditure in adults and children. Using accelerometers, pedometers, and heart rate monitors, a primary focus of Crouter’s work has been improving estimated energy expenditure in accelerometers in free living adults. In addition to serving on several committees for the American College of Sports Medicine, Crouter is a ACSM fellow and certified ACSM clinical exercise specialist.

Kelly Strohacker, PhD

Kelly Strohacker, PhDKelly Strohacker joins us from the University of Houston where she earned her PhD in kinesiology. Strohacker’s primary research focus is in assessing physiological and psychological responses in acute and chronic exercise among various populations including overweight and obese individuals. The goal of this assessment being to create more effective interventions for these populations.

Strohacker is highly involved as a reviewer in many scientific journals. She has also presented her work at many national conferences including ACSM, the Obesity Society and the National Heart, and Lung and Blood Institute Cardiovascular Epidemiology.

Edward Howley, PhD, Professor Emeritus

howleyEdward Howley is a professor emeritus in the Deptartment of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies. Howley teaches an undergraduate course in fitness testing and prescription as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in exercise physiology. He is the author of the Health Fitness Instructor’s Handbook (with B. Don Franks) and Exercise Physiology (with Scott K. Powers). He has also authored four book chapters, and forty-five research articles dealing with exercise physiology and fitness testing and prescription. Howley was president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) from 2002 to 2003, and currently serves as editor-in-chief of ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal. His research interests include metabolic responses to exercise, the effects of training, and the role of physical activity in weight loss and weight maintenance.

Lyndsey Hornbuckle, PhD, RD

Lyndsey Hornbuckle’s  primary research interest is the effects of various exercise and physical activity interventions on body composition and biomarkers for cardiovascular disease risk. The majority of her work has examined these relationships in underrepresented populations including African American women and low-income individuals.

Hornbuckle is an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and has served on multiple national committees for the organization. She is also a registered dietitian and maintains certifications in group exercise, indoor cycling, and personal fitness training.

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