icon-apply-phd2Kinesiology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Attainment of a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree ranks among the most respected accomplishments in any field. The Ph.D. program in Kinesiology is designed to prepare students for research and teaching careers at colleges and universities and for health, physiological performance, rehabilitative science, and related fields.

Our students may choose one of the following four concentrations:

The concentration in Biomechanics and Physical Rehabilitation focuses on the scientific description of human movement through advanced techniques utilizing computerized film and high speed video graphical analysis systems, computerized force measuring systems, electromyography, and other state-of-the-art instrumentation with applications in many disciplines, including ergonomics, engineering, medicine, sport, and exercise.
MarK Geil, Ph.D.
Jianhua Wu, Ph.D.
The concentration in Exercise Physiology prepares students to teach and to conduct research in areas related to cardiopulmonary and neuromuscular physiology with particular emphases on exercise metabolism and performance in healthy populations, and in populations with chronic diseases (e.g., cardiovascular, metabolic, and neuromuscular diseases).
Andrew Doyle, Ph.D.
Walt Thompson, Ph.D.
Jerry Brandon, Ph.D.
Christopher Ingalls, Ph.D.
Jeffrey Otis, Ph.D.
Brett Wong, Ph.D.
The concentration in Exercise Psychology prepares students to teach and to conduct research in areas related to the correlates of physical activity, mental health benefits of physical activity, theory-based behavior change strategies, and the design, implementation, and testing of theory-based physical activity interventions. Completion of this concentration will not lead to students becoming licensed psychologists.
Rebecca Ellis, Ph.D.
The concentration in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) prepares students for careers in higher education as scholars, researchers, and teacher educators. Research expertise will be acquired in the areas of instruction, curriculum, assessment, teacher education, and teacher development. The cognate area will prepare students as members of communities of scholars in higher education.
Michael Metzler, Ph.D.
Jacalyn Lund, Ph.D.
Deborah Shapiro, Ph.D.
Rachel Gurvitch, Ed.D.
Shannon Barrett-Williams, Ph.D.
The Applied Physiology Laboratory is a 2,000 sq. ft. facility that serves the research, teaching, and service needs of the Department of Kinesiology and Health. It was constructed as part of the renovation of the Physical Education Building as the Badminton venue for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. The laboratory maintains a Georgia clinical Laboratory license through the Department of Human Resources.
The Body Composition Lab is approximately 100 sq. ft. and contains Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scanner (Lunar Prodigy; GE Medical Systems), Hydra ECF/ICF Bio-Impedance Analyzer (Xitron Technologies 4200), and skin fold calipers.
The Cardiovascular and Thermal Physiology Laboratory is approximately 500 sq. ft. and is equipped with state-of-the-art techniques, including laser-Doppler flowmetry to measure skin blood flow; microdialysis for the local delivery of pharmacological agents to the skin; local skin heaters; water-perfused suits to regulate and change body temperature; and wireless telemetry pills to measure core body temperature.
The Muscle Biology Laboratory occupies approximately 700 sq. ft. in the Department of Kinesiology and Health in the Sports Arena Building. The laboratory is equipped to study skeletal and cardiac muscle physiology, electrophysiology, biochemistry, histochemistry, and molecular and cellular biology.
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Course description and classes

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Program Contacts

Christopher Ingalls, Ph.D.

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