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Director: Kelley Strohacker, PhD, FACSM

Kelley Strohacker is an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. She earned a B.S. in Education (Exercise Specialist) at Bowling Green State University, a Ph.D. (Kinesiology) at the University of Houston, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship (Behavioral Medicine) at the Brown University Alpert Medical School. Her research is focused on applying the concept of periodization within theories of behavior change to develop novel interventions that are responsive to adults’ psychological and physiological states over time.

A comprehensive list of her scientific publications can be found here

 


Graduate Assistant: Paula-Marie M. Ferrara, MS, ACSM-CEP

Paula Ferrara is a graduate student seeking a doctoral degree in exercise physiology in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies. She earned a B.S. (Exercise Science) and an M.S. (Clinical Exercise Physiology) at the University of Delaware. Her research is focused on developing novel interventions to promote continued physical activity in former athletes who have transitioned out of sport.

 


Former CPAH Directors

Eugene Fitzhugh, PhD

Eugene Fitzhugh is an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies. His research is focused on physical activity epidemiology and he is currently implementing the American College of Sports Medicine – Exercise is Medicine on Campus initiative at UTK.

 


Dixie Thompson, PhD, FACSM

Dixie Thompson is a Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies.  She is also a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a past-president of the Southeast Chapter of ACSM. Dr. Thompson is currently serving as the Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at UTK. Her previous research was focused on the health benefits of exercise for women and techniques used for body composition assessment.

 


Edward Howley, PhD, Professor Emeritus

Edward Howley is a professor emeritus in the Deptartment of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies. Dr. Howley is a Fellow and a past-president of the American College of Sports Medicine (2002-2003).  His research interests include metabolic responses to exercise, the effects of training, and the role of physical activity in weight loss and weight maintenance.