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Thesis Committee Members and Expertise

The following information has been provided for students in the Master of Science in Human Performance to better understand:

1) What faculty members are available to serve as committee members on their thesis projects
2) What role or what capacity these individuals are allowed to provide
3) The areas of interest and expertise for each of these faculty members



Status / Requirements


-Teaches undergraduate-level classes

-Serve as reader or ex officio member of a student’s master’s thesis committee

Holds non-faculty position

Earned non-doctoral graduate degree

Has not completed thesis


-All the privileges of L0

-May serve as active committee member of a student’s master’s thesis committee

Earned non-doctoral graduate degree

Completed thesis


-All the privileges of L1

-Teaches graduate-level classes

-May serve as Chair of a student’s master’s thesis committee

Earned doctoral degree



Faculty Name

Graduate Appointment

Expertise and Research Interests

Cynthia Schroeder, PhD


  • Exercise Physiology
  • Athletic Training

Kate Tessmer, PhD


  • Statistical analysis
  • Research Design/Formatting
  • Perceptual aspects of exercise physiology
  • Specific populations

Peggy Ellis, PhD


  • Health promotion
  • Critical thinking/decision making related to health professions
  • Healthcare guidelines

Scott Richmond, PhD


  • General exercise physiology
  • Cellular and molecular considerations of exercise physiology
  • Sports performance
  • Ergogenic aids & nutritional supplementation


 Andrew Jagim, PhD


  • Sports nutrition strategies to improve athletic performance
  • Safety and efficacy of dietary supplements
  • Novel training strategies to improve performance and body composition

Annie Alameda, EdD


  • Wellness education
  • Stress management
  • Nutrition education
  • Health behavior change

Susan Gustafson, MS Ed


  • Immune health and the athlete
  • Exercise induced bronchoconstriction
  • Cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular health

Chad Kerksick, PhD


  • Sport nutrition and supplementation
  • Resistance training and performance
  • Body composition augmentation with diet and exercise
  • Strength and conditioning and performance
  • Muscle physiology / exercise biochemistry and molecular biology

Paul Wright, PhD


  • Sports and performance psychology
  • Psychometric testing
  • Physiological movement screening and testing

Catherine Shoff, PhD


  • Quantitative design and analysis
  • Multivariate models
  • Geospatial modeling
  • Qualitative design and analysis
  • Research methods and design
  • Program development, implementation and evaluation

Michael Reese, MS


  • Strength and conditioning of athletes
  • Performance protocol and test development
  • Predictors of athletic performance, power assessments, athlete profiling and athlete monitoring

Tom Godar, MS


  • Athletic injury prevention
  • Exertional heat stress
  • Sports concussion evaluation and rehabilitation

Bill Dill, MS


  • Exertional heat illness
  • Patient rated outcomes
  • Injury prevention programs

Jessica Randolph

  • Functional Movement Screen utilization, relationship with injury and performance
  • Sport performance enhancement though training methodologies


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