Kinesiology Ph.D.


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.

Program Faculty

Christopher Ingalls, Ph.D.

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Our students may choose one of the following six 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.

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)

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.

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. Watch the P.E.T.E. ,Ph.d promo video.

The concentration in Rehabilitation Science is only open to students currently enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions. The program is designed to augment the existing DPT program to prepare physical therapists to teach and conduct research in areas related to physical rehabilitation, biomechanics, and physiology.

Byrdine F. Lewis Kinesiology & Health
Andrew Butler (PT) Jerry Brandon, Ph.D. (KH)
Yu-Ping Chen (PT) Christopher Ingalls, Ph.D. (KH)
Bradley Joseph Farrell (PT) Jeff Otis, Ph.D. (KH)
Liang-Ching Tsai (PT) Deborah Shapiro, Ph.D. (KH)
Gordon Warren (PT) Walter Thompson, Ph.D. (KH)
Brett Wong, Ph.D. (KH)
Jerry Wu, Ph.D. (KH)
Feng Yang, Ph.D. (KH)

The concentration in Sport Administration prepares students to teach and conduct research in areas related to sport administration, including sport management, marketing, policy, consumer behavior, or communication. If you have a passion for sport management research and desire to pursue a career in academia, the Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Administration program may be right for you. The Ph.D. program guides students to think critically about the sport management industry, comprehend sport management theory, develop a line of research inquiry, and apply various research designs and advanced statistics to become sport management researchers and professors in higher education. If you are interested in the Ph.D. concentration in Sport Administration, meet with a potential research faculty advisor prior to applying. Students must have a faculty member who is willing to sponsor the student’s admission to the Ph.D. program.

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.
The Rankin Cooter Bureau for Sport Business Research conducts research in the areas of sport marketing, sport finance, event management, facility operation and other areas of sport administration. The state of the art facility contains twelve computer work stations (MACs and PCs) with internet access and sport specific software such as StatCrew, SPSS, Photoshop, and InDesign. There are also extensive resources including journals, data bases and other publications which are available to faculty and students conducting sport management research.

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Organization Description Summary: The KH Doctoral Student Club aims to promote scholarship, service, and communication among doctoral students within the Kinesiology and Health Department of the College of Education and Human Development.

Organization Purpose Statement: The KH Doctoral Student Club aims to promote scholarship, service, and communication among doctoral students within the Kinesiology and Health Department of the College of Education and Human Development. This club will help provide opportunities for professional and personal growth, service involvement, research collaboration and social engagement. The organization will provide professional development workshops and speakers, opportunities to gain funding for conferences and travel, and chances to communicate with departmental faculty about various topics pertaining to life after graduation. We will help share and create opportunities for service or leadership involvement. Members will have the opportunity to interact with doctoral students of various concentrations within the KH department, allowing research collaboration and knowledge sharing. Inclusive social events will be held to foster a supportive and friendly community within the doctoral students of the KH department.

Faculty Advisor: Christopher Ingalls, Ph.D.  404-413-8377