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Kinesiology Research and Program Mentor Faculty

Kinesiology Faculty Mentors - College of Nursing and Health Innovation

About This List

The faculty listed on this page are willing to partner with Kinesiology graduate students, both on the Masters and Doctoral level, to serve as advisors, mentors, committee members and committee chairs. Your own course of study and research area needs to align to and be compatible with (but not necessarily exactly match) faculty research programs in the Department.

Master's Prospectives: you should reach out to potential research mentors before you apply. Review the Master's Admissions Standards for more information.

PhD Prospectives: Admission to the PhD program requires a supporting faculty member; review the Doctoral Admissions Standards for more information. There are formal guidelines for dissertation committees; click or tap here to review these guidelines.

Graduate Studies Committee Faculty and Associates

The following faculty are eligible to serve primary roles (committee chairs and research mentors) for graduate students in the Department of Kinesiology. Students should work with their chair or mentor to identify possible faculty to fill secondary roles (committee members, reviewers, etc.).

Dr. R. Matthew Brothers
Department of Kinesiology

- Area of Specialization: Exercise Physiology
- Lab: Integrative Vascular Physiology Laboratory
- Current Research Focus: The investigation of mechanisms of impaired autonomic and vascular function in selected at-risk/diseased populations.
- Additional Areas: Cerebral circulatory function; peripheral circulatory function; responses to heat/thermal stress; grant writing and professional service.
- UTA Mentis Profile

Dr. Priscila Caçola
Department of Kinesiology

- Area of Specialization: Developmental Motor Cognition
- Labs and Programs: Developmental Motor Cognition Laboratory and the Little Mavs Movement Academy
- Current Research Focus: Mechanisms and intervention associated with typical and atypical infant and child motor development, development of motor cognition, neurodevelopmental disabilities (DCD/ASD).
- Additional Areas: Motor learning and control, Statistics, Research Methods.
- UTA Mentis Profile

Dr. Paul J. Fadel
Department of Kinesiology

- Area of Specialization: Exercise Physiology
- Lab: Human Neural Cardiovascular Control Laboratory
- Current Research Focus: Sympathetic control of the circulation in health and disease
- Additional Areas: Impact of prolonged sitting on vascular function; Racial differences in blood pressure regulation; Mechanisms of sympathetic overactivity in chronic kidney disease patients; Sex differences in vascular control
- UTA Mentis Profile

Dr. David Keller
Department of Kinesiology

- Area of Specialization: Exercise Physiology
- Labs and Programs: Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory and the Center for Healthy Living and Longevity
- UTA Mentis Profile

Dr. Larry Nelson
Department of Kinesiology

- Area of Specialization: Pedagogy
- Program: Dancing Classrooms North Texas
- Current Research Focus: Dancing Classrooms North Texas, Service-Learning
- Additional Areas: Outdoor Education, Fitness, Adventure Education
- UTA Mentis Profile

Dr. Michael Nelson
Department of Kinesiology

- Area of Specialization: Physiology and Biomedical Imaging
- Lab: Applied Physiology and Advanced Imaging Laboratory
- Current Research Focus: Questions relating to human health and cardiovascular disease, specifically pertaining to: 1) cardiac physiology and ventricular function, and 2) vascular regulation and neurovascular coupling.
- Additional Areas: Endocrinology, metabolism, sex-based physiology.
- UTA Mentis Profile

Dr. Rhonda Prisby
Department of Kinesiology

- Areas of Specialization: Microcirculation, Exercise Physiology, Bone Biology
- Lab: Bone Vascular and Microcirculation Laboratory
- Current Research Focus: Assessment of microvascular (i.e., small resistance blood vessels) function and morphology of the skeleton as related to advancing age, disease and various experimental conditions (e.g., intermittent parathyroid hormone administration).
- Additional Areas: Assessment of microvascular function in various tissue beds, vascular perfusion, blood vessel cannulation, in vivo rodent surgical techniques, tissue dissection, bone histomorphometry, microcomputed tomography, grant writing and consulting services
- UTA Mentis Profile

Dr. Mark Ricard
Department of Kinesiology

- Area of Specialization: Biomechanics
- Lab: Biomechanics Laboratory
- UTA Mentis Profile

Dr. Cindy Trowbridge
Department of Kinesiology

- Area of Specialization: Therapeutic Interventions for Musculoskeletal Injuries and Youth Sport Concussion Education
- Lab: Therapeutic Interventions Research Laboratory
- Current Research Focus: Clinical efficacy and safety of therapeutic modalities including cryotherapy, diathermy, and over-the-counter pain relief products; Sports Related Concussion health communication and education for caregivers of youth athletes.
- Additional Areas: Texas Licensed and Nationally Certified Athletic Trainer (LAT, ATC), Strength Training (NSCA CSCS), Exercise Prescription, Performance Enhancement, Functional Movement Screening
- UTA Mentis Profile

Dr. Judy R. Wilson
Department of Kinesiology

- Area of Specialization: Exercise Physiology
- Lab: Disability Sports Laboratory
- Current Research Focus: Fitness of wheelchair athletes
- Additional Areas: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
- UTA Mentis Profile

Dr. Marco Brotto
College of Nursing

- Area of Specialization: Muscle Physiology; Muscle Health & Disease
- Labs and Programs: The Dr. Marco Brotto Laboratory and Director of the Bone-Muscle Collaborative Sciences Group
- Current Research Focus: Bone-muscle crosstalk, Sarcopenia, Falls in Older Adults, Biomarkers of Muscle Health & Disease; Muscle Excitation-Contraction Coupling, New Devices for Bone-Muscle Health
- Additional Areas: Nursing Physiology, Cell and Molecular Approaches, Targeted Gene Arrays Muscle Fatigue, Pharmacology Approaches/Techniques, Animal Models for Aging, Bone, and Muscle Research
- UTA Mentis Profile

Dr. Mark Haykowsky
College of Nursing

- Area of Specialization: Clinical Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology
- Lab: iCARE Laboratory, FitSteps Program
- Current Research Focus: Determinants of exercise intolerance across the heart failure continuum
- Additional Areas: Cardiac Mechanics; Cardiac (Exercise) Rehabilitation
- UTA Mentis Profile

Dr. Zui Pan
College of Nursing

- Lab: The Dr. Zui Pan Laboratory
- UTA Mentis Profile