My academic background is in health and kinesiology, more specifically exercise physiology as a primary focus. As a graduate student, my secondary focus was in biomechanics and since then have conducted several research projects related to this topic as well. I believe this additional exposure allows me to explore research questions that integrate connections between different disciplines and contribute to a wide range of research collaborations. My main line of research and expertise includes the impact of tactical occupations in different environmental conditions; ergonomics and physical fitness; and improvement of cardiovascular disease risk factors through methods of exercise programming. For my collaborators and I, our aim is to evaluate (and potentially improve) the safety of workplaces in hazardous occupations. Our research questions are geared towards understanding the role that physical fitness plays in the ability of a person to perform their job safely and efficiently to reduce the risk of injury.
My main line of research and expertise includes the impact of tactical occupations in different environmental conditions; ergonomics and physical fitness; and improvement of cardiovascular disease risk factors through methods of exercise programming.
I have taught a wide range of courses over my academic career, but I believe that regardless of the specific course, my teaching philosophy is evident in each. I believe strongly in transferring knowledge about how early exercise scientists developed the theories that we discuss today and how challenges to those theories have been made and discussed over the years. I believe that this approach will cultivate an environment of thinking critically to develop that scientist mentality. While the likelihood of every student I encounter being interested in and enthusiastic about research and scientific inquiry may be small, I think it is important that students not leave our program without a working knowledge of how to read and apply research publications to their chosen career path. In a field such as ours with a large portion of our students graduating onto clinician or practitioner-type careers, it is vitally important that they stay up-to-date on the latest research related to their field. While they may not need to design new and ground-breaking exercise programs in their future careers, they will be doing themselves and their clients or patients a disservice if they are not fully informed of the latest evidence-based practice methods. Once these students leave and graduate from our program and institution, their future endeavors and pursuits can often be a direct reflection on the skills that they experienced and developed in our program