Faculty and Staff
Mark Abel, Associate Professor, (vita in PDF) received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 2006. His research interests are in the area of physical activity measurement. Dr. Abel teaches courses in Kinesiology, including Strength and Conditioning for Sports and Introduction to Exercise Testing and Prescription.
|Aaron Beighle, Associate Professor (vita in PDF), received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2003. His research interests are in the area of physical activity promotion and youth. Dr. Beighle teaches courses in physical education methods.|
Stephanie Bennett, Lecturer, (vita in PDF) received her Ph.D. from Middle Tennessee State University in 2006. Her research interests are in the areas of human sexuality, poverty, and stress management. Dr. Bennett’s responsibilities include undergraduate teaching and coordinator for the KHP 577 practicum.
Lance Bollinger, Assistant Professor, (vita in PDF) received his Ph.D. from East Carolina University in 2013. His research focuses on the regulation of skeletal muscle protein degradation and how this affects skeletal muscle atrophy and other biological processes. Dr. Bollinger teaches KHP 240, Nutrition and Physical Activity, as well as KHP 450, Exercise Testing and Prescription..
|Jody Clasey, Associate Professor, (vita in PDF) received her Ph. D. from the University of Illinois in 1993. Her areas of research interest include body composition analysis, and the relationship among body composition measures, physical activity and hormone function. Dr. Clasey teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in exercise physiology.|
|Randy Crist, Lecturer, (vita in PDF) received his Ed.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1994. His primary research interest is the effects of fitness activities on the classroom performance of children. Dr. Crist teaches undergraduate courses in sport and exercise psychology and sociology, history of sport and physical education, tests and measurements, and fitness.|
|Karen Davidson, Staff Support Associate II|
|Jill Day, Lecturer, (vita in PDF) received her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 2009. Her research interests include childhood obesity, physical activity in rural areas, school physical education, and motivating children to be physical active. Dr. Day teaches courses in history and philosophy of sport and physical education and psychology and sociology of sport.|
Heather Erwin, Associate Professor, (vita in PDF) received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006. Her research areas of interest include school-based physical activity in children and adolescents, including physical education, classroom physical activity, and recess. Dr. Erwin teaches courses in physical education methods. She is also the Director of Graduate Studies.
|Joaquin Fenollar, Lecturer, (vita in PDF) received his Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Utah in 2011. Dr. Fenollar teaches undergraduate courses in Human Health and Wellness, Drug Education, and other subjects related to Health Promotion and Education. His research interests are family approaches in health prevention programs, integrative medicine to prevent/reverse obesity trends, and health/physical activity in schools.|
|Brad Fleenor, Assistant Professor, (vita in PDF) received his Ph.D. In Biomedical Sciences from the University of Missouri in 2008. In 2012, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Integrative Physiology of Aging Laboratory at the University of Colorado — Boulder. His research interests reside in interventions (exercise and nutraceutical) that improve cardiovascular physiology and pathology with aging and obesity. Dr. Fleenor teaches courses in Exercise Physiology.|
|Beth Graham, Administrative Support Associate I, received her Bachelor of Music degree from Butler University in 1984 and her A.A.S. degree in Information Management and Design from BCTC in 2008. She is budget officer for the department and also designs and maintains their web pages.|
|Melinda Ickes, Assistant Professor, (vita in PDF) received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 2010. Dr. Ickes is a faculty associate for the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy, and the Director of both Tobacco-free Take Action! and Go Tobacco-free, two initiatives to promote tobacco-free campuses. Her research interests are in the areas of tobacco control, college health promotion, and child obesity prevention. Dr. Ickes teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in health promotion including: Program Planning, Health Promotion and Behavior Change, and College Health Promotion.|
|Lindsay Kipp, Lecturer, (vita in PDF) received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2012. Her research interests are in the area of positive youth development through sport and physical activity, in particular coach and peer influences on youths’ well-being. Dr. Kipp teaches undergraduate courses in kinesiology, including Psychology and Sociology of Physical Education and Sport, and Introduction to Tests and Measurement.|
|Kathryn "Rosie" Lanphere, Lecturer, (vita in PDF) received her Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of New Mexico in 2013. Her areas of research interests include autophagy, aging, environmental and endurance exercise. Dr. Lanphere teaches undergraduate courses in sport and exercise physiology and introduction to fitness.|
|Kristen Mark, Assistant Professor, (vita in PDF) earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University in Health Behavior in 2012 and also obtained an M.P.H. in biostatistics. Her research interests are in the area of sexual health promotion, sexual functioning, and sexual desire and satisfaction in romantic relationships. Dr. Mark teaches graduate courses in the areas of health promotion, human sexuality, research methods, and statistics.|
|Justin K. Nichols, Lecturer, (vita in PDF) received his Ed.D from the University of Kentucky in 2012. His areas of interest include higher education athletics and coaching contracts; national championship frameworks; and professional development. Dr. Nichols teaches courses in Kinesiology, specifically in the area of sport leadership and development through networking.|
|Melody P. Noland, Professor and Department Chair, (vita in PDF) received her Ph.D. in Health Education from the University of Maryland in 1982. Her areas of research interest focus primarily on tobacco prevention with a special focus on tobacco prevention with youth who live in tobacco-producing areas. Dr. Noland teaches courses in school health education, specifically sexuality education, drug education, methods of teaching health and others. She is KHP Department Chair.|
|Steve R. Parker, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Services and Associate Professor of Kinesiology/Sport Leadership (vita in PDF) received his Ed.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1995. His areas of interest include athletic probation and its effect on donor contributions to the university; event management solutions, issues, and problems; and using knowledge of the law as a competitive advantage in sport, fitness, recreational, and academic settings. Dr. Parker teaches courses in Kinesiology, specifically in event management and sport law. Dr. Parker assumed his Associate Dean responsibilities on July 1, 2010.|
|Jonell Pedescleaux, Lecturer (vita in PDF) earned a Bachelor of Science in Health & Physical Education from Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) and a Master of Arts in Sport and Exercise Management from The Ohio State University. Dr. Pedescleaux completed her doctoral studies in Leisure, Youth and Human Services Management at the University of Northern Iowa. Her doctoral dissertation examined non-cognitive motivational factor scores of first-semester male athletes and male non-athletes as indicators of Grade Point Average (GPA) at a Midwestern University by race and sport.|
|Mike Pohl, Assistant Professor (vita in PDF) received his PhD in Biomechanics from the University of Leeds in 2006. He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware between 2006-2008, and in the Running Injury Clinic at the University of Calgary between 2008-2011. Mike's research interests include the lower extremity biomechanics of both normal and pathological gait. He is the co-associate director of the Biodynamics Lab.|
Robert Shapiro, Senior Associate Dean for Administration, Research, and Graduate Student Success and Professor of Biomechanics, (vita in PDF) received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1979. Dr. Shapiro serves as director of the multidisciplinary Biodynamics Laboratory. His research interests include whole body biomechanical analysis with special emphasis on injury mechanisms and evaluation of musculo-skeletal function related to orthopaedics. Dr. Shapiro collaborates with faculty in Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics, Biomedical Engineering, Athletic Training, and Physical Therapy. Instrumentation utilized in the laboratory includes high speed 3-D videography, electromyography, and force platforms. Dr. Shapiro has a joint appointment in Biomedical Engineering.
|Lucian Taylor, Associate Professor, (vita in PDF) is the Director of the Life Fitness Program. He earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Science and Leisure Management from the University of Mississippi in 1995. Elementary physical education, fitness conditioning and elementary dance are the major teaching areas of Dr. Taylor.|
|Brian Wallace, Lecturer (vita in PDF) is currently a Biomechanics doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky. His research interests focus on the neuromuscular and biomechanical responses and adaptations to performance training. Dr. Wallace teaches undergraduate courses in Kinesiology, including Nutrition and Physical Fitness, Strength and Conditioning for Sports, and Biomechanics of Human Movement.|
Rayma Beal, Associate Professor, (vita in PDF) received her Ed.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1985. Her areas of research interest include dance education, dance assessment, dance with older adults, and arts education and assessment. She actively worked with the Kentucky Department of Education on implementation of dance and art education into the K-12 curriculum.
|John W. Hall, Associate Professor, (vita) received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1975. His areas of research interest include motor functioning of individuals with disabilities. In addition to teaching in this area, he also taught motor development in children, test and measurement, and nutrition and fitness.|
|Jim Nance, Associate Professor, received his Ed.S. from Eastern Kentucky University in 1979. He taught methods courses in gymnastics, racket sports, and outdoor education. Mr. Nance's main service components were with the USA Gymnastics Education Subcommittee and Outdoor Education with 4-H and Fish and Wildlife.|
|Richard Riggs, Associate Professor, (vita) received his Ed.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1975. Dr. Riggs' areas of research interest focus mainly on child and adolescent health issues, specifically in the areas of tobacco prevention, intentional and unintentional injury, and in the coordinated school health program.|
|Dennis Vinton, Associate Professor, received his Re.D. from Indiana University in 1969. His areas of research interest include camping, recreation, and environmental education for persons with special needs. Dr. Vinton is a founding member and past president of the National Consortium on Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities.|
|Andrew Weiner, Associate Professor, (vita in PDF) received his Ed.D. from the University of Georgia in 1976. His primary areas of research interest include the application of emotional intelligence to coaching and leadership in sports, and how sport leaders can have more effective difficult and crucial conversations with all stakeholders. Dr. Weiner taught courses in sport and fitness supervision/management, team development, leadership, and emotional intelligence in sports and sport marketing.|
J.W. Yates, Associate Professor, (vita in PDF) received his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in 1980. His areas of research interest include a variety of muscle physiology topics such as strength and endurance training and muscle soreness. Dr. Yates also works in the field of ergonomics conducting research in the prevention of lower back injuries.