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Health & Kinesiology Faculty & Staff


Genevieve Albouy, PhD

Associate Professor - Health and Kinesiology / Guest Professor - Department of Movement Sciences

HPER N, Room 258

REASEARCH INTERESTS: Modulating the neurophysiological processes underlying motor learning and sleep-related motor memory consolidation in order to optimize motor behavior in healthy populations.   


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Sleep and Motor Memory Lab


Yang Bai, PhD

Assistant Professor - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-587-0482

HPER N, Room 204

REASERCH INTERESTS: Physical activity and fitness assessment and epidemiology, school-based youth activity and healthy eating promotion, validation of consumer and research activity monitors, and behavior change with technology. 

TEACHING INTERESTS: Epidemiology, Physical Activity Epidemiology

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Shelly Beck, MS, AEMT

Assistant Professor (Lecturer) - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-587-2741

HPER W, Room 120

TEACHING INTERESTS: EMS Instructor, EMS Ethics, Diversity, and Law, Anatomy & Physiology for Health 

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Tim Brusseau, PhD, FACSM, FSA, FAISEP

Department Chair, Professor - Health and Kinesiology / Adjunct Associate Professor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology

(Office) 801-587-7900

HPER N, Room 252

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Design and implementation of physical activity and health programs. Secondarily, the surveillance of physical activity as well as physical activity measurement issues. 

TEACHING INTERESTS: Foundations of Health and Kinesiology

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Ryan Burns, PhD, RFSA

Assistant Professor - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-695-5035

HPER N, Room 237D

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Developing prediction models to estimate aerobic capacity in adolescents, developing optimal low back pain assessment in adolescents, cross-validating prediction models, modeling physical activity behaviors during physical education, and examining the efficacy of comprehensive school physical activity programing.

TEACHING INTERESTS: Design and Analysis, Application of Human Motor Development Across the Lifespan

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Wonwoo Byun, PhD, MS, MA

Associate Professor - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-585-1119

HPER N, Room 205

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Investigating effect of physical activity and nutrition on various health outcomes. Physical activity, fitness, and sedentary behavior in relation to metabolic risk factors, obesity and other health outcomes. Developing and implementing interventions to promote physical activity and healthy eating.

TEACHING INTERESTS: Physical Activity Interventions, Introduction to Research Methods

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Physical Activity Lab

Les Chatelain, MS

Instructor (lecturer) - Emergency Programs

Les Chatelain, a longtime faculty member in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, passed away February 14, 2023 after a short battle with cancer. 

Les thoroughly enjoyed teaching and the memory of his commitment to the success of University students will inspire us all. A more true University of Utah fan will be difficult to find. 








Adriana Coletta, PhD, MS, RD

Assistant Professor - Huntsman Cancer Institute / Assistant Professor - Health and Kinesiology / Adjunct Assistant Professor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology

(Office) 801-213-1362

HPER N, Room 237H

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Integrating principles from exercise science and sports nutrition across the cancer continuum to optimize body composition, physical function and conditioning, and improve related biomarkers linked with cancer risk and progression.

TEACHING INTERESTS: Exercise Physiology, Exercise in the Context of Chronic Disease

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Chris Depner, PhD

Assistant Professor - Health and Kinesiology / Sleep and Circadian Physiology Research Pillar

(Office) 801-581-2275

HPER N, Room 245

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Investigating how insufficient sleep and circadian disruption contributes to risk of metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes, with long-term goal of developing sleep and circadian based interventions that improve metabolic health.

TEACHING INTERESTS: Sleep & Circadian Physiology and Disease

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Sleep and Circadian Physiology Lab

Mike Ditolla, PhD, NRP

EMS Program Coordinator and Training Officer - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-213-1363

HPER W, Room 121

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Paul Estabrooks, PhD

Professor - Health and Kinesiology / Associate Dean of Community Engagement - College of Health

(Office) 801-587-6223

HPER N, Room 248

REASEARCH INTERESTS: Dissemination and Implementation Science—studying the process of moving health promotion evidence into community and clinical action. Integrated research-practice partnership processes to improve system supports for physical activity promotion, healthful eating, and weight control. Testing innovative health promotion programs, policies, and practice interventions that can be adapted and adopted in schools, workplaces, communities and healthcare clinics—and provide health promotion opportunities for populations experiencing racial, ethnic, or geographic disparities.

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Jackie Farnsworth, MS

Associate Instructor - Health and Kinesiology

HPER N, Room 237E

TEACHING INTERESTS: Health and Diversity, Teaching Health in Secondary Education, Stress Management

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Peter Fino, PhD

Assistant Professor - Health and Kinesiology / Adjunct Assistant Professor - Physical Therapy & Athletic Training / Adjunct Assistant Professor - Mechanical Engineering

(Office) 801-213-1363

HPER N, Room 257

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Improving mobility during daily life in people with neurological dysfunction, particularly those with brain injuries. Using core concepts from biomechanics and motor control, my lab concentrates on functionally relevant balance that is typical during daily life. 

TEACHING INTERESTS: Advanced Biomechanics, Instrumentation and Measurement in Movement Science.

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Neuromechanics and Applied Locomotion Lab

Julia Franklin, PhD, CHES

Professor (Lecturer) - Health and Kinesiology / Coordinator - Health Education Specialist and Wellness

(Office) 801-581-7289

HPER N, Room 237J

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Resilience, disordered eating (from clinical eating disorders to obesity), and body image. Having studied eating disturbances and body image concerns in Division I athletes and examined the relationship between resilience and eating disorder risks in female college students. 

TEACHING INTERESTS: Eating Disorders & Body Image, Introduction to Grant Writing, Program Evaluation, Health Program Planning II, Introduction to Research and Assessment, Program Planning.

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Arwen Fuller, PhD

Associate Professor (Lecturer) - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-581-7734

HPER N, Room 256

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Clarify the role of exercise in the prevention of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease and to discover and implement effective ways to enable positive behavior change for improving health and wellness. 

TEACHING INTERESTS: Exercise Physiology, Physical Activity Epidemiology, Aging and Exercise

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Nick Galli, PhD, CMPC

Associate Professor (Lecturer) - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-585-9927

HPER N, Room 237M

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Psychosocial health and well-being in high-level athletes. Resilience and adversarial growth to sport stressors for high-level athletes and body image and disordered body change behaviors in high-level athletes.

TEACHING INTERESTS: Community Health Issues, Prevention Practices, Applied Behavior Change, Foundations of Health Education, Facilitating Healthy Behavior, Exercise Psychology

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Matt Haberman, AEMT

Associate Instructor - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-581-3785

HPER W, Room 101

TEACHING INTERESTS: High-Angle Rescue Techniques and Theory, Advanced High-Angle Rescue Techniques and Theory, Swiftwater Rescue 

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Tanya Halliday, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-213-1363

HPR N, Room 202


INTERESTS: Appetite regulation, particularly in response to exercise, and development of interventions to improve weight loss maintenance and cardiometabolic health. 

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Connie Holder, MS, AEMT

Assistant Professor (Lecturer) - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-581-4512

HPER W, Room 103

TEACHING INTERESTS: EMT Training, EMT Recertification

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Mukta Joshi, MS

Assistant Professor (Lecturer)

(Office) 801-581-7630

HPER N, Room 237B

TEACHING INTERESTS: Biomechanics, Human Motor Development



Bradley King, PhD,

Assistant Professor - Health and Kinesiology

HPER N, Room 253

RESEARCH INTERESTS: The motor system as a model to investigate the neuroplasticity underlying learning and memory processes across the human lifespan, with emphases on childhood and older adulthood. This research utilizes multiple motor learning paradigms as well as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to assess learning-dependent neuroplasticity. 

TEACHING INTERESTS: Application of Human Motor Development Across the Lifespan

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Lifespan Motor Neuroscience Lab

Joshua LaReaux, MS

Assistant Professor (Lecturer) - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-581-7809

HPER N, Room 254

TEACHING INTERESTS: Introduction to Coaching, Perspectives on Sport and American Society, Promoting Physical Activity in the Community, PE for Individuals with Disabilities

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Jennifer Lehmbeck, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor (Lecturer) - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-581-3481

HPER N, Room 237K

TEACHING INTERESTS: Human Sexuality, Health Program Planning I, Health Practicum II, Global Health Promotion, Prevention Practices


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Anita Leopardi, MEd, CHES

Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Director of Undergraduate Studies - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-585-1081

HPER N, Room 237F

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Chronic disease prevention, health concerns of women, school and community health.

TEACHING INTERESTS: Healthy Lifestyles, Health Practicum I & II


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Julie Lucero, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor - Health and Kinesiology / Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - College of Health

(Office) 801-213-7558

HPER N, Room 237G

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Using mixed methods and Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR), Julie Lucero's research is centered on the identification of modifiable social determinants to reduce the impact of health inequities within marginalized populations. Lucero has been involved with CBPR projects in collaboration with American Indian, Hispanic and LGBT communities. These projects examined factors associated with substance abuse, mental health, positive youth development and service utilization. 

Maria Newton, PhD

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-581-4729

HPER N, Room 203

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Optimizing the experience and motivation of individuals in physical activity settings. In doing so, I have examined how both dispositional goals and perceptions of the setting influence such outcomes as anxiety, enjoyment, cognitions, and character development.

TEACHING INTERESTS: Foundations of Health and Kinesiology, Exercise Psychology, Graduate Seminar.


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Andy Rich, DiMM, FAWM, W-AEMT, AMGA certified guide

Instructor (Lecturer) - Health and Kinesiology / Coordinator - Remote Rescue Training

(Office) 801-581-3785

HPER W, Room 102

TEACHING INTERESTS: Avalanche Rescue Techniques and Theory, Swiftwater Rescue Techniques and Theory, High-Angle Rescue Techniques and Theory, Advanced High-Angle Rescue


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Glenn Richardson, PhD

Professor - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-581-8039

Stewart, Room 107

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Creativity in health promotion teaching and communicating, resiliency as a process that disrupts people out of adapted states of biopsychospiritual homeostasis which potentially prepares and readies them through states of humility to experience infusions of desired virtues and qualities. Resilience as "an innate force that progressively drives and guides people to increase their capacities by receiving infusions of desired qualities and virtues".

TEACHING INTERESTS: Stress Management, Applied Resiliency, Personal Resiliency  


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Janet Shaw, PhD, FACSM

Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs / Professor - Health and Kinesiology / Honors Faculty Advisor - College of Health

(Office) 801-585-5107

HPER N, Room 206

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Physical activity and women's health.

TEACHING INTERESTS: Aging and Exercise, Honors Thesis 


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Andrea Stark, MS

Assistant Professor (Lecturer) - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-585-5971

HPER N, Room 262

TEACHING INTERESTS: Exercise Psychology, Promoting Physical Activity in the Community, Motor Behavior, PE for Individuals with Disabilities


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Chris Stratford, MS, BSN, RN, NRP

Associate Instructor - Health and Kinesiology / Staff Development Educator - Emergency Medical Physicians

(Office) 801-581-2305

HPER W, Room 123

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Prehospital and in-hospital cardiac arrest, basic life support, advanced cardiac life support, prehospital emergency care and emergency nursing care.

TEACHING INTERESTS: Advanced EMT, Meds, Drugs, and EMS, Pathophysiology for EMS


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Kota Takahashi, PhD

Assistant Professor - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-581-7558

HPER N, Room 237C

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Foot and Ankle Biomechanics, Locomotion Energetics (e.g., Mechanics, Metabolic, Thermal), In-vivo Muscle-Tendon Mechanics, Rehabilitation & Clinical Gait Analysis (e.g., Limb Amputation, Aging, Diabetes) Prosthetics, Orthotics, Exoskeletons, Footwear. 





Traci Thompson, MS, ACSM, HFD, CSCS

Director - Peak Health and Fitness - Wellness and Integrative Health / Associate Professor (Clinical) - Health and Kinesiology / Adjunct Instructor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology

(Office) 801-585-7325

HPER E 217

TEACHING INTERESTS: Community Health, EMS, OSH, and Kinesiology Internships, PEAK Health and Fitness

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Andrea Moss

Graduate Studies Program Manager - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-585-9783

HPER N, Room 201

Joanna McMinn

Administrative Manager - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-581-8114

HPER N, Room 251

Madeira Hornbaker

Support Staff, Emergency Programs - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-581-8548

HPER W, Room 107

Patrick Smith

Accountant - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-213-0887

HPER N, Room 250

Rebecca Davenport

ESSF Academic Program Manager - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-587-7684

HPER N, Room 249

Trisha Ngo

Administrative Assistant - Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-581-3022

HPER N, Room 246