Master of Science in Exercise Science

UTA MS Exercise Science Interest Form

Kinesiology Research and Program Mentor Faculty 

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.).

R. Matthew Brothers, PhD

Associate Professor; Associate Chair of Graduate Programs in Exercise Science

Area of Specialization: Exercise Physiology

Department of Kinesiology

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Phone #: 817-272-3156

Office: SEIR 161/Lab SEIR 124

Research Focus: My research focus is on the investigation of mechanisms of impaired peripheral and cerebral vascular function in selected at-risk/diseased populations. In addition, I examine the impact of various acute interventional approaches on these mechanisms. This research bears implications for various physiologic conditions including thermoregulatory capacity, orthostatic tolerance, and risk for cardiovascular, neurological, and metabolic diseases.

Priscila Tamplain, PhD

Associate Professor; Associate Chair of Undergraduate Programs

Area of Specialization: Developmental Motor Cognition

Department of Kinesiology

Portrait of Priscila Tamplain in the Maverick Activities Center gymnasium

Email: priscila.tamplain@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-6320

Office: MAC 228

Research Focus: My research focus is on assessment, mechanisms, and interventions for motor development in typical and atypical populations, with a particular interest in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and associated conditions (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorders).

Paul Fadel, PhD

Professor; Associate Dean for Research; Director, Clinical Translational Research

Area of Specialization: Exercise Physiology

Department of Kinesiology

Portrait of Paul Fadel in the S E I R building

Email: paul.fadel@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-6734

Office: PKH 504

Research Focus: My research focus is on the investigation of neural control of circulation at rest and during exercise in human health and disease with a specific emphasis on the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system.

Jody Greaney, PhD

Assistant Professor

Area of Specialization: Integrative and Exercise Physiology

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: jody.greaney@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-7891

Office: SEIR 159/Lab SEIR 118

Research Focus: My research focus is on investigating the mechanisms underlying neurovascular dysfunction in human depression, with the ultimate goal of identifying novel therapeutic intervention strategies to prevent, slow, or reverse depression-associated cardiovascular disease. Our laboratory utilizes a multidisciplinary, integrative, and translational research strategy that combines a variety of experimental techniques that enable the interrogation of physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms of neurovascular function in humans.

Xiangli Gu, PhD

Assistant Professor

Area of Specialization: Motor Behavior and Physical Activity/Education

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: xiangli.gu@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-3288

Office: MAC 147

Research Focus: My research focus is on physical activity and motor behavior in minority and underserved children and emerging adults, with the aim to understand physical activity and health disparities through behavioral and neuropsychological levels of assessment. My research laboratory is conducting empirical research projects to investigate the effects of emerging technology-based (i.e., virtual reality) physical activity interventions on individual’s brain health (i.e., depression, cognition, health-related quality of life) and movement behaviors (i.e., sedentary behavior, sleep, and physical activity) in the home, school, and community settings.

David Keller, PhD

Associate Dean, Chair and Professor

Area of Specialization: Exercise Physiology.

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: kellerd@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-0083

Office: MAC 231

Research Focus: My research focus is on cardiovascular physiology. Projects include: dynamic blood pressure control in African Americans, exercise-thermoregulation following prolonged exposure to simulated Lunar gravity and baroreflex function in patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Additional Lab: Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory

Larry Nelson, PhD

Associate Professor

Area of Specialization: Pedagogy

Department of Kinesiology

Portrait of Larry Nelson in the Maverick Activity Center gymnasium

Email: lnelson@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-1102

Office: PEB 304

Research Focus: My research focus is on the affective and physiological outcomes of a variety of physical education and youth development programs. My work has advanced service-learning models and active-learning strategies that cultivate adolescents’ ability to think critically, solve-problems and grow self-awareness/self-control.

Michael Nelson, PhD

Associate Professor

Area of Specialization: Physiology and Biomedical Imaging

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: michael.nelson3@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-6780

Office: SEIR 144

Research Focus: My research focus is on three common themes: (1) cardiac mechanics and ventricular function; (2) the cardio-metabolic syndrome; and (3) vascular regulation and neurovascular coupling.

Rhonda Prisby, PhD

Professor

Areas of Specialization: Microcirculation, Exercise Physiology, Bone Biology

Department of Kinesiology

Portrait of Rhonda Prisby in a laboratory

Email: rhonda.prisby@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-6786

Office: SEIR 200/Lab 203

Research Focus: My research focus is on microvascular physiology and pathophysiology and its impact on bone biology. My lab examines the integrative nature of the vascular and skeletal systems in health and disease (e.g., advancing age, intermittent parathyroid hormone administration, surgical and drug intervention, etc.).

Mark Ricard, PhD

Professor

Area of Specialization: Biomechanics

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: ricard@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-0764

Office: MAC 230

Research Focus: My research focus is on improving human health by investigating the effects of joint movements and forces acting on the human body and how joint moments and forces can be modified to minimize the likelihood of injury or induce positive health outcomes.

Daniel Trott, PhD

Assistant Professor

Area of Specialization: Integrative and Exercise Physiology

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: daniel.trott@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-8719

Office: SEIR 262

Research Focus: My research focus is on the integrative physiology of vascular function in health and disease and how the immune system, adipose tissue and blood vessels interact to mediate vascular dysfunction with hypertension, aging and metabolic abnormalities. Also, in how physical activity influences these systems to promote vascular health.

Judy Wilson, PhD

Associate Professor

Area of Specialization: Exercise Physiology

Department of Kinesiology

Portrait of Judy Wilson in the Physical Education Building gymnasium

Email: jrwilson@exchange.uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-3128

Office: MAC 229

Research Focus: My research focus is on the effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a tool to improve clinical outcomes, specifically stroke. I am also interested in the physiological responses of wheelchair athletes and able-bodied athletes, their differences and similarities.

Marco Brotto, PhD

Professor; George W. and Hazel M. Jay Professorship; Director of PhD in Nursing Program

Area of Specialization: Muscle Physiology; Muscle Health & Disease

CONHI Graduate Nursing

Portrait of Marco Brotto in the Bone Muscle Lab

Email: marco.brotto@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-7315

Office: SEIR 270

Research Focus: My research focus is on aging; bone-muscle crosstalk; sarcopenia and osteoporosis; biomarkers of musculoskeletal diseases; and muscle physiology.

Zui Pan, PhD

Associate Professor

Area of Specialization: Pathophysiology of Cancer, Muscle and Heart Disease

CONHI Graduate Nursing

Portrait of Zui Pan in a laboratory

Email: zui.pan@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2596

Office: SEIR 246

Research Focus: My research focus is on calcium signaling in cancer, muscle and other diseases. In particular, we study the pathophysiological role of store-operated calcium entry in these diseases and thus identify drug targets for novel effective treatments.

Jingsong Zhou, PhD

Professor

Area of Specialization: Integrative and Exercise Physiology and Neuromuscular Diseases

Department of Kinesiology

Portrait of Jingsong Zhou in an S E I R building hallway

Email: jingsong.zhou@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-5854

Office: SEIR 240

Research Focus: My research focus is on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the neuromuscular dysfunction in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) progression and to develop potential therapeutic means to treat ALS.

Godfred Boateng, PhD

Assistant Professor

Area of Specialization: Public Health

Department of Kinesiology

Portrait of Godfred Boateng with a blue background

Email: godfred.boateng@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-3288

Office: MAC 148

Research Focus: My research focus is on the interconnections that exist between household food, water, and energy insecurity and associated implications for maternal, infant and child health. I am interested in understanding the proximal, distal and contextual factors that shape resource insecurity, particularly those that produce health disparities and inequities. One of the ways this is done is through the development of scales that enable the measurement and monitoring of resource insecurity and facilitates the implementation of sustainable solutions.

Cynthia Trowbridge, PhD, ATC, LAT

Associate Professor

Area of Specialization: Therapeutic Interventions for Musculoskeletal Injuries and Youth Sport Concussion Education

Department of Kinesiology

Portrait of Cynthia Trowbridge in a laboratory

Phone #: 817-272-3134

Office: PEB 112D

Research Focus: My research focus is on the role of therapeutic interventions including but not limited to exercise, manual therapy, superficial and deep heating/cooling, electrical nerve stimulation, laser, and dry needling on the biopsychosocial improvement of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. I am also interested in sport concussion education and knowledge transfer among stakeholders.

Kyrah K. Brown, PhD

Assistant Professor

Area of Specialization: Public Health

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: kyrah.brown@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-3288

Office: MAC 227

Research Focus: My research focus is on racial/ethnic disparities in maternal health (e.g., maternal mortality and morbidity) and birth outcomes (e.g., infant mortality, prematurity). I am interested in examining the social and systems-level factors that influence the health status (e.g., cardiovascular health, reproductive health, mental health) of women of color across the life course. I am also interested in women’s/maternal health care quality and safety.

Yeonwoo Kim, PhD

Assistant Professor

Area of Specialization: Public Health

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: yeonwoo.kim@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-3186

Office: SEIR 142

Research Focus: My research focuses on social determinants of health to explain social disparity in health. Specific areas of her research include neighborhood impacts on (1) obesity and obesity-related behaviors and (2) cardiovascular disease. I have published my work in public health and medical journals, including Preventive Medicine, Journal of Urban Health, Obesity Reviews, and Social Science & Medicine.

Tiffany Kindratt, PhD

Assistant Professor

Area of Specialization: Public Health

Department of Kinesiology

Portrait of Tiffany Kindratt with a blue background

Email: tiffany.kindratt@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-7917

Office: MAC 113

Research Focus: My research focus is on evaluating factors within and expanding Anderson’s model of health services utilization to include the patient experience (specifically patient-provider communication and patient/family centered care). My current studies focus on unmasking disparities in health services among underrepresented minority groups (e.g. Arab Americans) and evaluating what qualities and modes of patient-provider communication are associated with health outcomes across the lifespan using national health surveys (e.g. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey).

Ziyad Ben Taleb, PhD, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Area of Specialization: Public Health

Department of Kinesiology

Portrait of Ziyad Ben Taleb in front of the S E I R Building.

Email: ziyad.bentaleb@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-3288

Office: MAC 115

Research Focus: My research focus is on smoking cessation and the epidemiology of tobacco use with a focus on investigating the health effects associated with exposure to emerging tobacco products, such as hookah and electronic cigarettes. My research involves the use of clinical laboratory models, epidemiological surveys, behavioral science and social media to guide the development of tobacco control policies.

Yue Liao, PhD

Assistant Professor

Area of Specialization: Public Health

Department of Kinesiology

Portrait of Yue Liao with a gray background

Email: yue.liao@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-8529

Office: SEIR 137

Research Focus: My current research focuses on the development of personalized, adaptable, and timely interventions using real-time data from wearable biosensors to promote physical activity in overweight and obese individuals to reduce the risk of obesity-related cancers (e.g., breast cancer, colorectal cancer), as well as in sedentary cancer patients to improve their quality of life after cancer and cancer outcomes.

Venu Varanasi, PhD

Associate Professor

Area of Specialization: Biomaterials and Bone, Muscle, Tissue Recovery

CONHI Graduate Nursing

Portrait of Venu Varanassi in a laboratory

Email: venu.varanasi@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-1743

Office: SEIR 238

Research Focus: My research focus is on the development of novel in situ methods of 3D printing to rebuild and reconstruct missing defects in bone and muscle. Our goal is to induce rapid bone healing such that these procedures can thought of as the same severity as dental fillings and make this current in-patient and long hospital stay procedure into an out-patient and heal at home procedure.