Faculty Research

Division of Kinesiology

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Caitlin Ann Cheruka, Ph.D., ACSM-CEP

Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Nocturnal autonomic and cardiovascular function
  • Cardiovascular health
  • sleep

Thomas Fisher, Ph.D., CSCS, LMHC

Senior Lecturer
Phone: 407-823-1895
  • Anti-Aging Medicine
  • Mental health
  • Sport Psychology
  • Biomarkers of Aging
  • Psychophysiology
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Health education
  • Men's health

David Fukuda, Ph.D.

Division Chair, Professor
Phone: 407-823-0442
  • Performance-based testing methodologies
  • Exercise training and nutritional interventions in varying populations
  • Fatigue thresholds and metabolic responses to exercise
  • Martial arts and combat sports

Ethan Hill, Ph.D., CSCS, ACSM-EP

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-1161
  • Neuromuscular and endothelial function
  • Resistance training interventions
  • Muscle function and fatigue
  • Sex-specific responses to exercise
  • Eccentric contraction-based interventions

Grant E. Norte, Ph.D., ATC

Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-3188
  • Neuromuscular assessment
  • Biomechanics
  • Orthopedic injury
  • Clinical rehabilitation

Alison Redd

  • Long term adolescent athlete development
  • Youth training programs and nutrition

Jeffrey Stout, Ph.D.

Pegasus Professor, School Director
Phone: 407-823-0211
  • Validity and Reliability of Body Composition Assessment methodologies
  • Exercise training and nutritional interventions in varying populations
  • Fatigue thresholds and metabolic responses to exercise

Anna S. Valdes, EdD, CSCS

Associate Lecturer
Phone: 407-823-1896
  • Exercise and Aging
  • Training the trainers in sport and exercise science
  • Exercise, physical activity and weight management throughout the lifespan

Adam J. Wells, Ph.D., CSCS*D, SCYM(ASCP)CM

Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-3906
  • Supplements for performance and recovery
  • Inflammatory and immune responses to resistance exercise
  • Soccer performance

Current Grants

KinesiologyPhysical Therapy

RF: The acute effects of blood flow restricted and standard of care resistance exercise on neural, muscle, and perceptual responses among individuals living with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis

  • PI: Ethan Hill
  • Amount: $14,820 | Timeframe: 12/07/2022 - 10/31/2024
    Funding Type: Foundation/Industry
    Funding Agency: Suji's BFR Technology
    KinesiologyPhysical Therapy

    Optimizing a technology-based body and mind intervention to prevent falls and reduce health disparities in low-income populations

  • PI: Ladda Thiamwong - College of Nursing
  • Co-PI: Jeffrey Stout
  • Amount: $2,861,400 | Timeframe: 09/26/2022 - 06/30/2026
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
    KinesiologyPhysical Therapy

    RF: Evaluation of the protective effects of a novel dietary microalgae supplement (PeLiv) following exercise-induced muscle damage

  • PI: David Fukuda
  • Amount: $262,458 | Timeframe: 08/24/2022 - 12/31/2023
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: MICROPHYT SA
    KinesiologyPhysical Therapy

    Optimizing Clinical Outcomes for Patients with Patellofemoral Pain Using Strength Training Rehabilitation Incorporating Power Exercises (STRIPE)

  • PI: L. Colby Mangum
  • Amount: $239,959 | Timeframe: 07/01/2022 - 06/30/2026
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: University of Connecticut

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