I oversee the Body Composition and Exercise Physiology laboratories in the KHS Department.
I earned my PhD in exercise physiology from the University of New Mexico in 1997. My previous degrees were from Temple University (MEd in exercise physiology, 1991) and Slippery Rock University (BS in physical and health education, 1988).
Two weeks after earning my PhD in December 1997, I started teaching at Vanguard University in Southern California. My career at USU began in 2004; I was tenured in 2009 and promoted to full professor in 2014. I am a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
Exercise physiology is my area of specialization. I typically teach either Fitness Assessment (KIN 5100) or Exercise Physiology (KIN 4100) at the undergraduate level. At the masters level, I teach Bioenergetics & Exercise Metabolism (KIN 6410), Exercise in Extreme Environments (KIN 6425), and Body Composition (KIN 6440).
My primary areas of research include: 1) body composition assessment, and 2) exercise in extreme environments. The majority of my body composition research involves evaluating the reliability and validity of assessment methods. The extreme environments research has included physiological responses to exercise at high altitude (primarily acute mountain sickness) and in polluted environments (PM2.5 exposure from thermal inversions).
Body Composition Laboratory
Exercise Physiology Laboratory