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May 1

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Chad Kerksick

(636) 627-4629

Chad Kerksick is an Associate Professor of Exercise Science and serves as the Director of the Exercise and Performance Nutrition Laboratory. Dr. Kerksick’s research interests continue to explore the impact of exercise and nutritional interventions on health, performance and recovery in athletic, youth and clinical populations.

Lab Coordinator

Richard SteckerRichie Stecker, MS, CSCS
(636) 949-4785

Richie Stecker is the Lab Coordinator for the School of Health Sciences. He received his Bachelors in Exercise Science and Master’s of Human Performance from Lindenwood University and has worked as the EPNL coordinator since July 2016. Prior to that, he worked as a graduate assistant for the Exercise and Performance Nutrition Laboratory and has been instrumental in developing and implementing necessary training and policy for all of the research activities completed in the EPNL. He has presented several presentations and authored several peer-review papers in areas related to exercise and nutrition. In addition to his research coordination efforts, he currently teaches laboratory sections of Exercise Physiology. In his free time, he trains for Strongman competitions and has placed nationally at several events across the United States.

Research Associates

Petey MumfordPetey Mumford, PhD

Petey Mumford, PhD. Dr. Mumford is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Lindenwood University. Dr. Mumford’s expertise centers upon examining the acute impact of exercise, dietary, and nutritional supplementation strategies on the physiological, biochemical, molecular, and genetic outcomes as they relate to health and performance.

Scott RichmondScott Richmond, PhD

Scott Richmond, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Exercise Science Department. Dr. Richmond's graduate and post-doctoral work included projects exploring the role of skeletal muscle in cardiovascular and metabolic health issues. Dr. Richmond has also supervised numerous student research projects ranging from ergogenic aids to sports performance to exercise training.

Kyle Sunderland, PhD Kyle Sunderland, PhD

Kyle Sunderland is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Lindenwood University. Dr. Sunderland’s experience and research agenda is focused on the influence of exercise and nutritional interventions on metabolic adaptations in performance, health, and disease.

Medical Supervisor

Dr. Cody Bellard, MDDr. Cody Bellard, MD

Dr. Bellard is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with sub-specialty training in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee. For Lindenwood University, Dr. Bellard serves as the team physician and as Medical Director for the Exercise and Performance Nutrition Laboratory in the School of Health Sciences.

Research Assistants

  • Johnathan Boring
    Johnathan Boring
  • Julia Blumkaitis
    Julia Blumkaitis
  • Anthony Haegele
    Anthony Haegele
  • Jessica Moon
    Jessica Moon
  • Kayla Ratliff
    Kayla Ratliff

Undergraduate Interns

Current Intern(s):

  • Travis Russo
    Travis Russo

Previous Interns:

  • Evan Blankenship
  • Juila Blumkaitis
  • Andrey Diaz-Garcia
  • Patrick Harty
  • Ann Puschkasch
  • Lori O'Reilly
  • Stephanie Sands
  • Bradley Gieske
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