Faculty for the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
Focuses on biomechanic analysis and instruction, and neurological correlation to fine motor skills.
Researches the effect of exercise on mental health to improve mood and reduce stress.
Studies how biomechanics affect human physiology and locomotion performance. Particularly interested in how body dimensions and muscle-tendon mechanics affect metabolism, fatigue and speed.
Teaches courses on sport history and strength and conditioning. Research focuses on physical culture history.
Examines the management of systems for athlete development, including how different sport settings influence performance and participation over the lifespan. Focuses on re-imagining the youth sport experience, with a specific interest in the developmental role that playing in unstructured sports settings like sandlot/pickup sports or sports video games can have on shaping experiences and outcomes.
Teaches Karate and Self defense courses. Specializes in the striking arts.
Investigates metabolic and cardiovascular factors that limit exercise performance.
Directs the department's Nutrition & Development program.
Experienced swimming and diving coach and water safety expert who teaches courses related to swimming.
J. Mark Eddy's primary area of expertise is the development, refinement and rigorous testing of culturally informed multimodal preventive and clinical psychosocial interventions to improve physical and mental health outcomes for children and families. This work is done in collaboration with families and professionals from schools and other community-based service systems. Areas of interest include parent-child relationships; intimate partner relationships; family violence; parent management training; couples intervention; youth mentoring; early childhood education and family-based intervention; mothers and fathers involved with the juvenile justice or criminal justice systems and their families; children and families involved with the child welfare system; immigrant families; observational research; social interactional theory; coercion theory; cognitive behavioral therapy; longitudinal growth modeling; survival analysis; the development and refinement of effective communication processes between and among researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in order to provide children and families with the most effective preventive and clinical interventions; training and mentoring the next generation of implementation and prevention scientists. Dr. Eddy will be reviewing applications in anticipation of taking a student for Fall 2024.
Researches and teaches social dances from the 19th century to the present.
Focuses on the history of sport culture, particularly Olympic weightlifting, and its impact on society.
Serves as Director of the Athletic Training Education Program and specializes in sports medicine, training athletes, athletic injuries, strength and conditioning, and sports rehabilitation.
Focuses on managerial mobility and retention, gender equity and personnel management issues in sport law, and effective marketing of participant focused sports.
Uses repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation and fMRI to identify mechanisms that support learning and memory in order to develop targeted therapies for patients suffering from memory loss.
Specializes in behavior, sports performance, and decision making in golf; teaches golf and courses need to be certified in physical education.
Investigates neuromuscular control mechanisms during fatigue, training, rehabilitation and aging with single-motor unit recording, and designs electrical stimulation protocols for individuals with paralysis.
Biochemical techniques including ELISA's, multiplexing, automated western blotting, associated data analyses, and standard wet lab skills. Research involving diabetes, inflammation, and neural control of circulation.
Studies organizational change in sport through qualitative inquiry and historical methods.
Studies psychosocial factors in health behavior and health and well-being in adulthood and aging.
Studies the biomechanical and neuromuscular control mechanisms of human movement and translates this knowledge into practical solutions that reduce walking-related disability.
Examines the intersection of sport and international political history.
Studies neural control of voluntary and skilled movements, development of brain stimulation interventions to promote motor function after stroke, motor learning, neuroplasticity, and brain oscillations.
Exercise physiology; carbohydrate metabolism; ergogenic aids; exercise and diabetes; nutrition and exercise
Studies biomechanics and changes in motor competencies across a lifetime with an emphasis on posture and locomotor control including populations of autism and cerebral palsy.
Studies school and community-based interventions regarding physical activity, healthy eating, and the prevention of chronic disease.
Investigating the potential mechanisms for elevated sympathetic activation in patient populations such as type 1 and 2 diabetes and racial disparities in vascular function and blood pressure responses during exercise in health and disease.
Studies the limiting factors to exercise capacity in healthy individuals and clinical populations.
Teaches from a holistic health perspective with a focus on personal health, including mental health, meditation and other stress management techniques.
Focuses on adolescent and young adult problem behavior development, and tobacco use and cessation.
Teaches yoga classes as both a physical practice and educational experience.
Focuses on identifying factors that hinder or promote the success of children and families from vulnerable and underserved populations.
Teaches courses in cardiovascular fitness. Ie: Running, aerobic walking, circuit aerobics, and cardiovascular weight training.
Studies managerial economics in sport relating to the market power of pro sports leagues under three primary branches: industrial organization, labor markets, and public policy and economic development.
Experienced certified strength and conditioning specialist who develops curriculum for fitness professionals and conducts physiological assessment and exercise program design for those with chronic diseases.
Focuses on understanding the factors influencing Latino/ youth substance use and mental health and how to translate this evidence into preventive interventions.
Studies the historical, philosophical, sociocultural, and political dimensions of sport and physical culture.
Examines the relation between marketing influence on youth and young adult risk behavior such as substance use, nutrition, sleep and energy drink consumption.
Serves as Clinical Education Coordinator of the Athletic Training Program with responsibilities revolving around preparing learners for professional practice through the integration of content knowledge into clinical education experiences.
My work primarily investigates how social- and structural-level factors relate to the epidemiology of substance abuse and related harms among Latinos. This research has expanded the focus from individual-level factors that influence health and underscores the importance of social determinants of health that especially affect Latinos (e.g., migration-related factors, acculturation) in shaping substance use behaviors.
Studies the culture of youth sports through elementary and secondary physical education curricula, and teacher education.
My research interests and expertise center in the reduction of spatial health disparities in access to environments that enable physically active lifestyles. Specifically, my work focuses on understanding the context-specific relations between the built environment and physical activity; documenting and ameliorating geospatial health disparities; and using and improving objective measures to quantify physical activity and geospatial exposures (social & built environment). I also lead capacity building efforts for the fields of physical activity, public health, and spatial epidemiology in Latin America, other low- and middle-income settings, and for underrepresented minorities in the US, with a special emphasis on Latino populations.
Jacks area of research interest is in Motor Behavior and Sport Psychology, specifically exploring the function of self-talk protocols during exercise and sport performance and how to manipulate self-talk and attentional focus to be advantageous for athletes. Jack has applied sport psychology experience as a mental skills consultant with various sports, including volleyball, basketball, hockey, fencing, rugby, soccer, cross-country, track and field, curling, CrossFit, and Olympic Weightlifting.
Identity, acculturation, cultural stress, crisis migration, adolescent development, family functioning, substance use, mental health, well-being
Teaches and develops undergraduate medical fitness and rehabilitation curricula and works with the health fitness instructor specialization.
Focuses on the sociology of sport and cultural studies, sport management and diversity, inclusion and social justice.
The history of physical culture, strength and conditioning, and sports medicine.
Studies the biomechanics of infants in commercial baby gear and orthopedic devices, and parents/caregivers carrying infants during activities of daily living.
Focuses on the development of sport policies and the ways in which professional sport teams can be leveraged to generate economic, social, and tourism benefits for host communities.
Recognized health and fitness expert with a background in both exercise science and strategic health communication.
Focuses on how individuals successfully adapt to stress and build health resilience.
The History and Philosophy of the Body, Sport, and Physical Culture from Ancient Greece to the Present
Autonomic control of circulation during exercise in health and disease, specifically in type 1 and type 2 diabetes
Effects of vascular dysfunction due to aging, and the lifestyle habits that can prevent or reverse dysfunction. Role of peripheral vascular dysfunction in the pathogenesis of cognitive and cerebrovascular dysfunction Reduction in physiological functional capacity with advancing age Community-based studies in minority cardiovascular health Masters athletes as a model of successful aging Health benefits of swimming
Specializes in the history of strength and conditioning, doping, women and sport, and history of physical culture.
Introduces students to the sport of tennis and studies the history of sport, specifically the evolvement of sports in Eastern Europe since its beginning in ancient Greece and Thrace.
Directs operations at the Fitness Institute of Texas and manages undergraduate internships.