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Six Kinesiology students win awards at ‘Auburn Research: Student Symposium’

April 12, 2022

Six School of Kinesiology students were among 64 students who took home awards for their research and creative scholarship posters and oral presentations during the recent “Auburn Research: Student Symposium.” Nearly 440 undergraduate and graduate students from Auburn University’s main campus and Auburn University at Montgomery participated in the annual symposium, which gives students an […]

Kinesiology doctoral candidate Emily Munn wins outstanding paper award

April 5, 2022

The North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity School awarded School of Kinesiology doctoral candidate Emily Munn the 2022 Outstanding Student Paper Award for Motor Development. Munn’s dissertation study measured the effects of an adapted Zumba intervention on functional mobility and cardiorespiratory fitness in adults with disabilities. For her project, Munn […]

COE prof Kamden Strunk publishes article on harm reduction in teaching quantitative methods

November 15, 2021

Kamden Strunk, associate professor in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology, recently published an article in Inside Higher Ed. Entitled “Equity and Justice in Teaching Quantitative Methods,” the article states that while methods are often considered value-free and unbiased, instructors must recognize how classroom practices can reinforce oppressive ideologies and […]

Neely, Murrah receive $50K as part of Auburn University’s new pilot internal award program

August 26, 2021

School of Kinesiology Assistant Professor Kristina Neely and co-investigator William Murrah, associate professor in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology, were awarded $50,000 for a study called “Inhibitory Motor Control in Adults with ADHD.” The first $25,000 is part of a new pilot internal awards program – The Research Support […]

Auburn, COE host “Bridging the Rainbow Gap” conference

August 10, 2021

Under the leadership of Principal Investigator Kamden Strunk of the College of Education, and two former COE professors – Antonio Duran and Ryan Schey – Auburn recently hosted 28 scholars of queer and trans studies in education. The conference was sponsored by the AERA Small Research Conferences Grant Program. Its purpose was to bring together […]

Auburn awarded $10 million by NSF to lead national STEM education initiative for students with disabilities

August 4, 2021

Auburn University has been awarded $10 million from the National Science Foundation, or NSF, to lead a national research effort to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education among students with disabilities. The grant will support a five-year program that will grow as it progresses, says Overtoun Jenda, assistant provost for special projects […]

Incoming kinesiology doctoral student Mason McIntosh awarded G-RISE fellowship

July 15, 2021

Auburn University School of Kinesiology incoming doctoral student Mason McIntosh was selected for the prestigious National Institutes of Health Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement, or NIH G-RISE, Fellowship at Auburn University. The AU G-RISE Fellowship for 2021-2022 will provide a $25,833 stipend, per academic year, from the AU G-RISE grant from NIH. McIntosh […]

EFLT professor Elena Aydarova named National Academy of Education and Spencer Foundation fellow

July 7, 2021

Elena Aydarova, an assistant professor in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology, has been selected as a 2021 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Post-doctoral fellow. The award provides funding and professional development to early-career researchers whose projects address critical issues in the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal […]

Central Alabama Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership (CAMTEP)

July 6, 2021

Auburn University is the lead institution for the Central Alabama Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership (CAMTEP), which is one of the institutional teams for MTE-Partnership – along with Tuskegee University, Alabama State University, AMSTI, and local school districts. The Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership (MTE-Partnership) is a partnership of institutions of higher education and K-12 schools, districts, […]

Collaborative Grant: Using Networked Improvement Communities to Design and Implement Program Transformation Tools for Secondary Mathematics Teacher Preparation (NIC-Transform)

This project addresses the challenges of transforming secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs to meet the Standards for Preparing Teachers of Mathematics prepared by the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators and other national recommendations. Five institutions (Auburn University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Kentucky, Mississippi State University, and California State University-Fullerton) active in the MTE-Partnership spearhead […]

Teacher Leadership (T-Lead): Investigating the Persistence and Trajectories of Noyce Master Teaching Fellows

Auburn University is one of eight institutions participating in this project, whose overarching goal is to contribute to the field’s currently limited understanding of teacher leadership by thoroughly examining the influences of teacher leadership development on the persistence and professional trajectories of participants in Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Master Teaching Fellows (MTFs) projects, including […]

COE doctoral student Maegan Grace Ford notches new distinction

February 1, 2021

Maegan Grace Ford of Evergreen, Alabama, has been invited to be a scholar in the competitive 2021 David L. Clark National Graduate Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy. Ford is a doctoral student in the 2018 Administration of Elementary and Secondary Education Cohort. Her research focuses on “Relationships among racialized stressors, self-care, and leader […]

COE AgriScience Education students present at national conference

December 16, 2020

Five College of Education AgriScience Education graduate students recently presented papers at the 78th annual Professional Agriculture Workers Conference (PAWC) which is hosted by Tuskegee University. This year marked the first-ever virtual conference. As a part of the conference, the Tuskegee chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, an honor society for students in Agriculture and related […]

Kinesiology professor’s world-renowned research earns him Creative Research and Scholarship Award

December 7, 2020

For more than 31 years, Bruce Gladden has been conducting research in Auburn University’s School of Kinesiology, and the results of his work have been studied and recognized internationally. Gladden, the director of the Muscle Physiology Lab and the Humana-Germany-Sherman Distinguished Professor of Education, is the recipient of the Creative Research and Scholarship Award. The […]

Collaborative Research: Attaining Excellence in Secondary Mathematics Clinical Experiences with a Lens on Equity

November 6, 2020

This project is led by members of the Clinical Experiences Research Action Cluster (CERAC) of the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership. The CERAC is a consortium of 27 universities and their school partners engaged in developing clinical experience models designed to build candidates’ facility with the Mathematics Teaching Practices (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2014) […]

Kinesiology’s Michael Roberts awarded $77K for study on nutritional supplements

November 4, 2020

Michael Roberts, School of Kinesiology associate professor and director of the Molecular and Applied Sciences Laboratory, was recently awarded $77,632 from Compound Solutions for a study on nutritional supplements. Compound Solutions represents and distributes unique, patented nutraceutical ingredients that improve the health and performance of individuals. Roberts’ contract with Compound Solutions is for two studies. […]

EFLT doctoral grad wins dissertation award

June 17, 2020

Dr. Susan Slear, an alumna of the College of Education’s Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology, was the recipient of the 2019 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership Special Interest Group’s (LTEL-SIG) Robert Kottkamp Outstanding Dissertation Award. She was also named the EFLT’s Outstanding Graduate Student of the year […]

Kinesiology professors awarded funding through Auburn University’s Intramural Grants Program

May 19, 2020

Three School of Kinesiology faculty members will be conducting research projects using funding from Auburn University’s Intramural Grants Program. Assistant Professor Austin Robinson, Professor JoEllen Sefton and Associate Professor Danielle Wadsworth are conducting research projects that received grants through the program. Robinson said he feels “honored and fortunate” after winning two Intramural Grants this year. […]

Music Education faculty, students, presenting at national conferences

May 13, 2020

The College of Education’s Music Education program will be well represented at the upcoming National Association for Music Education (NAfME) national conference. Several faculty members, students, and alumni will be key participants at the Orlando event this fall. COE professor Jane Kuehne and Dr. Shane Colquhoun (Ph.D. Alum) will present a session entitled “Changing How […]

Summerlin wins Madison Fellowship, continues great COE tradition

April 21, 2020

Auburn University College of Education graduate Matthew Summerlin has been awarded a James Madison Memorial Foundation Fellowship, which assists teachers earning a Master’s degree with a focus on Constitutional studies. Named for the nation’s fourth president, the fellowship will fund up to $24,000 toward Summerlin’s graduate studies in American History. Although the fellowship would allow […]

Five students awarded Undergraduate Research Fellowships for work with School of Kinesiology

April 17, 2020

Five undergraduate students conducting research with the School of Kinesiology were selected to receive College of Education Undergraduate Research Fellowships, totaling $12,000 for research projects. The recipients are Molly Cassidy, Abby Cramer, Daisy Hansana, Ali Northcutt, and Derrick Stephen. “It is so inspiring watching our undergraduate students developing into trained investigators and realizing the value […]

Auburn Kinesiology researcher Austin Robinson recognized as up-and-coming scholar by the National Institutes of Health

March 20, 2020

Auburn University School of Kinesiology Assistant Professor Austin Robinson is participating in a program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health to promote diversity among biomedical researchers. Robinson was selected for the highly competitive Program to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), […]

Brinkerhoff receives AKA Writing Award

March 2, 2020

Kinesiology graduate student Sarah Brinkerhoff is the recipient of the American Kinesiology Association’s Graduate Student Writing Award. Brinkerhoff’s paper, “Words matter: instructions dictate “self-selected” walking speed in young adults” was published in Gait & Posture last year. It is a methods paper written to help inform the field on how researchers can best reliably collect […]

Hastie honored with Exemplary Paper Award from the American Educational Research Association

February 21, 2020

Peter Hastie, Alumni Professor and the Wayne T. Smith Distinguished Professor in Auburn University’s School of Kinesiology, was recently awarded the 2019 Exemplary Paper Award from the American Educational Research Association. The award was in the association’s Special Interest Group category on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education. The paper, “Effects of situational constraints on […]

Human-Dog Bond with Sports and Exercise

February 20, 2020

The bond between a human and their dog is strong, perhaps unbreakable. But how does that bond strengthen the owner and the dog as individuals? The Human-Dog Bond with Sports and Exercise Lab, directed by Heidi Kluess, Ph.D., studies the relationship between dogs and their owners – specifically those pairs that participate in canine sports. […]

High sodium and cardiovascular health: Auburn Kinesiology researcher receives $764K to study the role of sodium as a contributor to health disparities in African Americans

February 18, 2020

Auburn University School of Kinesiology Assistant Professor Austin Robinson received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study racial differences in sodium and blood pressure regulation. Robinson is researching why African Americans in particular are more likely to have diminished cardiovascular function after eating high amounts of dietary sodium. He will receive $764,093 […]

Kinesiology doctoral student selected for research program at UAB

February 10, 2020

Auburn University School of Kinesiology doctoral student Dulce Gomez has been named a trainee for the 2020-2021 Center for Clinical and Translational Science Predoctoral Clinical/Translational Research Program, or CCTS TL1, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The immersive program provides 12 months of protected time for fellows to develop projects focused on reducing health […]

Aydarova publishes book on Russian education reform with insights for the U.S.

January 28, 2020

Elena Aydarova, an assistant professor of social foundations in the Auburn University College of Education, has authored a new book entitled Teacher Education Reform as Political Theater: Russian Policy Dramas. It was published by SUNY University Press. The book situates recent Russian reforms in the context of transnational transformations in education and captures the interconnectedness […]

Auburn kinesiology student selected for fellowship to address health disparities

January 8, 2020

Auburn University School of Kinesiology student Emily Munn was recently selected for the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. She will spend the next 15 months developing and implementing service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities. As she pursues her doctoral degree in motor development, Munn researches how cognitive functioning is affected […]

Roberts, MASL Lab, complete large-scale clinical trial in partnership with Ritual

December 18, 2019

The Molecular and Applied Sciences Laboratory, directed by Dr. Mike Roberts in the School of Kinesiology, recently completed a large-scale clinical trial that tested the efficacy of a multi-vitamin/mineral/omega-3 complex on nutrient status in pre-menopausal women (21-40 years old) over a three month period. The trial was sponsored by the health company, Ritual. “The results […]

COE prof Joni Lakin wins Paper of the Year award

November 21, 2019

Joni Lakin, Ph.D., an associate professor in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology, won a national award for Paper of the Year from the Gifted Child Quarterly, the flagship research journal for the National Association for Gifted Children. The award is peer-review based and only given to one paper each […]

Eco-developmental Prevention, Intervention, and Consultation (EPIC) Lab

November 12, 2019

Eco-developmental Eco-developmental theory explains interactions between risk and protective processes, e.g., the links between mental health, substance use, sexual behavior, and social relationships during various life stages. Members of this lab will use this theory to understand and create prevention and intervention strategies in Counseling Psychology and related fields. Prevention Prevention attempts to reduce or […]

COE professor pens poignant short story collection on Jewish history, culture

November 6, 2019

L’Chaim and Lamentations is the new short story collection by Craig Darch, Ph.D., Humana-Sherman-Germany Distinguished Professor of Special Education at Auburn University. Darch, who has taught at Auburn for the past 37 years, has long had a research interest in Jewish history and culture. His personal library of Jewish books contains more than 3,000 volumes. […]

Why the MitoMobile matters: Q&A with Professors Bruce Gladden and Andreas Kavazis

November 4, 2019

Every high school biology student knows that the mitochondrion is “the powerhouse of the cell.” But what does that really mean? In scientific terms, the mitochondria (the plural form) perform cellular respiration. This means that the mitochondria break down the nutrients in the cell and turn those nutrients into energy. In other words, the food […]

COE’s Evelyn Hunter recognized as health disparities scholar

October 21, 2019

Evelyn Hunter, an assistant professor in the College of Education’s Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling, was selected to participate as a Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI) Scholar at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, a division of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The goal of the HDRI […]

COE collaboration between Auburn and Alabama moving forward with research teams, conference plans

October 3, 2019

Scholars from the Auburn University College of Education are moving forward in their research collaboration with education colleagues from the University of Alabama. Over the next two years, the collaboration will focus on critical studies in education, which is centered on understanding cultural, institutional, and structural dynamics that create and perpetuate injustice, inequity, and oppression […]

Cultural Studies Team (CST) Lab

August 27, 2019

CST Lab is a counseling psychology research team focused on incorporating cultural aspects into psychological studies. We explore the constructs that are crucial in certain cultures, such as exploring how that culture is shaped by the society and its impact on individuals’ mental health issues and academic/career/life satisfaction. We approach these constructs with various types […]

Neurovascular Physiology Laboratory – Austin Robinson, Ph.D.

August 19, 2019

< KINESIOLOGY LABS Mission Statement The Neurovascular Physiology Laboratory (NVPL) at Auburn University seeks to determine integrative strategies to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease, the number one cause of death in America. We use a comprehensive approach to study blood vessel function and neural control of blood pressure in healthy adults and patient populations. Specifically, […]

National Athletic Trainers’ Association awards scholarship to Kinesiology doctoral candidate Kaitlin McGinnins

April 16, 2019

Doctoral candidate, Kaitlin McGinnis, MS, ATC, was selected to receive the Norm Mackie Memorial Scholarship from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Research & Education Foundation. The $2,300 scholarship is sponsored by the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers’ Society. “Kaitlin is my senior doctoral student and the manager of the Neuromechanics Research Laboratory,” said JoEllen Sefton, […]

Kinesiology doctoral student wins research award at SEACSM, shows health benefits of virtual reality gaming

March 21, 2019

School of Kinesiology graduate student Dulce Gomez, won first place for the Master’s Student Research Award for her poster on “Gaming enjoyment, perceived exertion, and exercise intensity in active virtual reality games,” at the Southeast ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) (SEACSM) conference February 14-16 in Greenville, SC. At the conference, eight finalists presented their […]

Adult ed doctoral student Mary Riley recognized by national research board

February 28, 2019

Mary Riley, a doctoral student in the College of Education’s adult education program, was recently recognized by the United States Department of Transportation Research Board at its 98th annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Riley has two degrees in German Languages and Literature, including one from the United States Military Academy. She is also an accomplished helicopter […]

A New Year’s message from Dean Betty Lou Whitford

January 14, 2019

Dear Auburn Family, As we reflect on the recent holiday season, we celebrate the end of another great year of accomplishments, including a major milestone for our university. In late December, our institution received further affirmation of Auburn’s drive for excellence by being elevated to an “R1” institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of […]

Matthew Romero, Kinesiology Doctoral Student, Awarded Prestigious APS Porter Fellowship

January 7, 2019

Matthew Romero, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Molecular and Applied Science Laboratory (MASL), was selected as a recipient of the William Townsend Porter Predoctoral Fellowship from the American Physiological Society for the 2018-2019 academic year. The award covers his stipend for one year. The purpose of the fellowship is to encourage diversity among students […]

Supported employment grant shows positive power of work

December 6, 2018

Researchers in the Auburn University College of Education are entering the final twelve months of a five-year grant that has studied the effectiveness of Individual Placement and Support (IPS) in helping people with mental illness obtain and keep employment as part of their recovery and rehabilitation process. For the past four years, Auburn has been […]

Auburn professor explores classroom response to political trauma

November 30, 2018

In the days following the 2016 presidential election, schools and teachers served as a point of contact for youth as they made sense of the campaign and election, according to new research from Auburn University. Across the U.S., teachers faced students with disparate feelings and reactions: some were excited and spoke about how Trump would […]

Five COE faculty members selected for SEC travel program

November 9, 2018

Five faculty members from the College of Education have been selected as 2018-19 SEC Faculty Travel Program participants. The faculty members and their disciplines include Jamie Harrison, Education/English; Mary Jane McIlwain, Early Childhood Education; David Marshall, Educational Psychology; Michael Roberts, Kinesiology; and Kamden Strunk, Race, Gender and Sexuality. The SEC Faculty Travel Program will support […]

President Leath’s PAIR grant program propels Kinesiology research projects

August 17, 2018

President Steven Leath created the Presidential Awards for Interdisciplinary Research, or “PAIR,” in 2017 that awards funding for up to three years for innovative, interdisciplinary research collaborations at Auburn University. The program funds ideas that foster creativity among different departments and will assist Auburn University in reaching the next level of research and development distinction. […]

Kinesiology Professor named Fellow of the American Physiological Society

Bruce Gladden, Ph.D., Humana-Germany-Sherman Distinguished Professor of Education in the School of Kinesiology in the College of Education, has been named a Fellow of the American Physiological Society, or APS, a nonprofit professional organization devoted to fostering education, scientific research, and dissemination of information in the physiological sciences. It has over 10,500 members. Most members […]

‘Jumping Genes’ – Roberts’ Lab Makes Ground-breaking Finding in Exercise Genetic Research with LINE-1 Retrotransposon Activity in Skeletal Muscle

‘Jumping genes’ (or transposable elements) have been known to exist in organisms since the 1950s when Barbara McClintock, Ph.D. at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory theorized that they were responsible for the pigmentation of corn kernels. Given that this discovery was around the time Watson, Crick, Franklin and others elucidated the chemical structure of DNA, the […]

Brain and Behavior Lab – Kristina Neely, Ph.D.

July 30, 2018

The Brain and Behavior Lab studies how adults plan and execute goal-directed movements. Director Kristina Neely, Ph.D., and her team use an interdisciplinary approach to determine the relationship between movement, cognition, and mental health. Our goal is to develop new movement-based tools to aid clinicians in evaluating cognition and mental health. Current Research Projects Now […]

Kavazis, Hood research sheds new light on female reproduction and lactation

July 18, 2018

For a long and healthy life, women should exercise, have two to four kids, and breastfeed them. Well, it may be a little more complicated than that, but research performed by Wendy Hood (Ph.D.), Associate Professor in Biological Sciences, and Andreas Kavazis (Ph.D.), Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology in the College of Education, […]

Critical Studies Working Group

May 14, 2018

Who We Are The Critical Studies Working Group is a group of scholars at Auburn University committed to the critical analysis of education. Our critical analysis is centered on understanding cultural, institutional, and structural dynamics that create and perpetuate injustice, inequity, and oppression in education and schooling. Through our teaching, research, outreach, service, and activism, […]

COE Professor publishes book on Queering Education in the Deep South

May 4, 2018

Kamden Strunk, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology, has recently published a new book entitled Queering Education in the Deep South. Published by Information Age Publishing of Charlotte, NC, the book explores education in the Deep South, with a focus on LGBTQ students and educators, […]

School of Kinesiology Researchers Shaping Physical Education at SHAPE National Convention; Brock and Hastie Win Awards

May 2, 2018

The School of Kinesiology had four Physical Education/Teacher Education (PETE) faculty and eight doctoral students participate at the 2018 Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee March 20-24, 2018. Together they delivered 13 presentations at the conference. Additionally, Peter Hastie, Ph.D., Wayne T. Smith Distinguished Professor, and Sheri Brock, Ph.D., […]

College of Education grad students’ work recognized by Federal Aviation Agency

April 26, 2018

At a recent conference in Philadelphia, the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) recognized the contribution of two Auburn Graduate Students: Mary Riley and Ben Lepper. Both are Doctoral students in the Adult Education Program. The FAA Office of Safety and Technical Training specifically recognized Mary Riley with a Certificate of Appreciation for her research involving the […]

Business/marketing scholars receive research paper award

April 19, 2018

Four scholars from the College of Education’s Business/Marketing Education program in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching were recognized for their paper, Factors Contributing to Stress of Business/Marketing Educators. The paper was selected to receive the Business Education Research Award at the 2018 Business Education Research Conference. The conference was held in Baltimore, and the […]

Two Kinesiology students part of $25,000 Tiger Cage winning team

April 18, 2018

Auburn University students who developed a personalized electrotherapy garment to aid injury rehabilitation earned $25,000 in funding, plus additional services, as winners of the fourth annual Tiger Cage student business pitch competition. Two College of Education Kinesiology doctoral students, Sarah Gascon and Matt Hanks, were part of the three-person team that won the grand prize […]

The Sports Medicine and Movement Lab Students Prevail at Regional SEACSM Conference

March 7, 2018

Several researchers from the School of Kinesiology’s Sports Medicine and Movement Lab recently returned from the regional South East American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM) annual meeting. Lab researchers made ten separate presentations (1 podium, 1 award poster session, 5 poster sessions, and 3 thematic posters). “All of these presentations were student first authored,” said […]

Doctoral student Roberson wins top award at Sports Medicine conference

February 28, 2018

Paul Roberson, a doctoral student in the School of Kinesiology’s Molecular and Applied Sciences Laboratory, directed by Dr. Mike Roberts, won best overall abstract presentation in the doctoral student category at the 2018 Southeastern American College of Sports Medicine Meeting in Chattanooga TN.  Paul’s presentation was titled “Changes in amino acid transporters and metabolic proteins […]

Lakin’s research helps broaden identification of gifted students

February 5, 2018

Few people realize how much scientific research goes into developing the tests our children take in school. There is an entire field of study, psychometrics, focused solely on the statistical and theoretical underpinning of large-scale testing. Ability testing is a specialization in itself. The field really took off over a century ago when Alfred Binet […]

Locomotor and Movement Control Lab – Jaimie Roper, Ph.D.

December 14, 2017

< KINESIOLOGY LABS The Locomotor and Movement Control Laboratory is directed by Jaimie A. Roper, Ph.D. Roper and her students apply biomechanical and motor control principles to understand the control strategies of healthy and mobility impaired populations during gait. Then, they can develop novel and impactful rehabilitation interventions to improve physical function. Additionally, the lab […]

Positive Relationships and Effective Interventions Lab

December 7, 2017

The Positive Relationships and Effective Interventions Lab is a counseling psychology research group directed by Marilyn Cornish, Ph.D. Other members of the lab range from undergraduate counseling minors to doctoral students in counseling psychology.  A core interest in the lab is psychotherapy process and outcome, with interests branching out to other types of positive relationships […]

Counseling Psychology TEAM Lab

September 26, 2017

Our research lab is composed of faculty and students along the academic continuum of higher education–from the undergraduate level to terminal degree–representing various disciplines, research interests, and research experience. In the spirit of the diversity of interests and experiences represented in the lab, the Counseling Psychology TEAM researchers examine a number of topics, with the […]

Weimar, Sport Biomechanics Lab, analyze new type of dumbbell

March 14, 2017

Professor Wendi Weimar, Ph.D., in the School of Kinesiology at Auburn University’s College of Education, was awarded around $10,000 to conduct research on the efficacy of a new dumbbell design. The DB2 dumbbell has two handles with the weight located in the center, rather than having one handle in the middle and weight distributed on […]

Protein supplement study will contribute landmark findings in sports nutrition

November 18, 2016

School of Kinesiology doctoral student Brooks Mobley is coordinating a study for his dissertation in the Molecular and Applied Sciences Laboratory (MASL) on the role of whey protein in building muscle mass. The dissertation is entitled, “The Effects of Different Protein and Amino Acid Supplements on Muscle Hypertrophy after 12 Weeks of Resistance Exercise in […]

COE Professor Joni Lakin researches dangers of “high stakes” school testing

February 19, 2016

President Obama, a long-time advocate of school accountability with a heavy emphasis on testing, recently made a surprising announcement — American students are tested too much and we should re-examine our emphasis on testing. The United States Department of Education released a plan calling for “fewer and smarter assessments.” To underscore his point, Obama said […]

NSF Alliance for Graduate Education & Professoriate (T-PAC)

January 28, 2016

Auburn University is participating in the National Science Foundation Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NSF AGEP) through T-PAC: Tuskegee Alliance to Forge Pathways to Academic Careers in STEM. T-PAC is a collaborative effort among three doctoral-granting institutions in the state of Alabama: Tuskegee University, Alabama State University, and Auburn University. Supporting partners are […]

Performance and Health Optimization Center

<School of Kinesiology The Performance and Health Optimization Center is a compilation of research laboratories, outreach programs, and individualized assessments designed to help people achieve maximum outcomes in health, fitness, and sports performance. The Center is housed in the Kinesiology building located on Auburn University’s campus in Auburn, Alabama. The laboratories contain specialized equipment and […]

COE Doctoral Student Awarded AURIC Fellowship to Help Breast Cancer Survivors

October 28, 2015

Kinesiology doctoral student Brandi Decoux has been awarded an Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC) Fellowship. Her focus will be on post-menopausal survivors of breast cancer who are prescribed a type of hormone therapy drug called aromatase inhibitors. Decoux’s project is the first known biomechanical study to investigate the relationship between lower extremity pain […]

COE signs MOU with Brazilian University to Study Motor Learning

Doctors Matt Miller and Keith Lohse, both assistant professors in the School of Kinesiology, teamed up with Dr. Alessandro Bruzi and Dr. Marco Barbosa at the Federal University of Lavras in Brazil to investigate the effects of learner-controlled feedback and difficulty on motor learning. Dr. Miller and his doctoral student, Kirk Grand, first worked with […]

Meyer, Rehabilitation Counseling Faculty Win $1 Million Grant

October 9, 2015

For the second year in a row, the Rehabilitation Counseling program in the College of Education’s Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling has been awarded a long-term training grant. This year’s $1 million award is a Comprehensive System of Personnel Development grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Its purpose is to increase the […]

Buchanan and Hinton Work with Lee County Youth Development Center to Conduct Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Research

September 30, 2015

Dr. Alice Buchanan, Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Coordinator of the Physical Education Internship Program, has recently begun a novel research study at the Lee County Youth Development Center (LCYDC) in Opelika to assess and positively impact students’ behavior. Dr. Vanessa Hinton of the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling is […]

Studio STEM

September 24, 2015

Studio STEM is a three-year afterschool and summer program in rural Appalachia funded by the National Science Foundation. The project uses a design-based science approach to help youth learn about engineering design and energy conservation. An interdisciplinary curriculum is infused with digital tools and social media to enhance and extend the experience. During the first 18 months […]

Pangelinan’s Research Combines Movement, Family, Developmental Disabilities

September 21, 2015

Dr. Melissa Pangelinan, Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology, is the co-director of the Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Lab. The lab seeks to better understand how movement ability and physical activity participation affect brain and physical development in children and adolescents – particularly those with developmental disabilities such as autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, […]

Physical Education Pedagogy Research Group

September 18, 2015

< KINESIOLOGY LABS The Physical Education Pedagogy Research Group’s specialty is the theory and practice of physical education. The the physical education/teacher education (P.E.T.E.) faculty members create and study physical education environments that help children achieve an active lifestyle that will continue throughout adulthood. P.E.T.E. is the intersection between sport and education. GOALS: To produce doctoral […]

Exercise Adherence and Obesity Prevention Lab – Danielle Wadsworth, Ph.D.

September 17, 2015

< Kinesiology Labs The Exercise Adherence and Obesity Prevention Lab is led by Danielle Wadsworth, Ph.D. The lab investigates physical activity behavior change and psychophysiological research. This research focuses on increasing physical activity participation and adherence through planning theory-based interventions. Many of the studies examine what factors motivate people to exercise and adhere to an exercise regimen […]

Truman Pierce Institute

September 13, 2015

Chartered in 1982 as a research and outreach unit in the College of Education, our institute is devoted to the study and improvement of teaching, learning, and leadership. Our work focuses on ways to improve schools and communities by creating partnerships, conducting research, and providing programs to meet the needs of schools and communities. Purposes […]

Physical Education Pedagogy – Sheri Brock, Ph.D.

September 9, 2015

< KINESIOLOGY LABS Sheri Brock, Ph.D. addresses curricular innovation and teaching strategies. These are aimed at enhancing student learning and social interactions during participation in physical education and sport.    

Physical Education Pedagogy – Alice Buchanan, Ph.D.

< KINESIOLOGY LABS Alice Buchanan, Ph.D. focuses her research on individuals with disabilities and physical activity. The research has two subfoci: research with children and teachers on the benefits of positive behavior support in physical education; and on young adults with autism spectrum disorder and physical activity and transition. See Buchanan’s Publications.

Physical Education Pedagogy – Peter Hastie, Ph.D.

< Kinesiology Labs The focus of Peter Hastie’s research is sport education. It is a curriculum and instructional model developed and researched in the late 1990s. The theory behind the Sport Education Model is creating seasons of sports, whereby students are members of athletic teams. It also focuses on student-centered instruction rather than teacher-centered instruction. The teaching of […]

Vascular Physiology Lab – Heidi Kluess, Ph.D.

September 8, 2015

< Kinesiology Labs The vascular system in your body is an amazing machine. It extends to every tissue of the body and adapts rapidly; sometimes in milliseconds! Your vascular physiology adapts to changes in the needs of the tissues that it supplies. It also adapts to changes in hormones and other chemical messengers in the […]

Sport Biomechanics Lab – Wendi Weimar, Ph.D.

< Kinesiology Labs The Sport Biomechanics Lab is an applied science laboratory that consults with professional athletes, college athletes, and people from the general community. The researchers analyze movements of the body to improve performance. Wendi Weimar, Ph.D. is the director of the lab. Weimar’s research focuses on the function of the lower extremity, specifically […]

Molecular and Applied Sciences Lab (MASL) – Michael Roberts, Ph.D.

< Kinesiology Labs The Molecular and Applied Sciences Laboratory’s research focuses on: How nutrition and exercise affects the molecular environment of muscle and fat tissues (e.g., mRNA and protein expression changes as well as morphology). How aging affects the genetic architecture of skeletal muscle. How weight-training affects intra-muscle cell adaptations. The research conducted in the MASL […]

Sports Medicine and Movement Lab – Gretchen Oliver, Ph.D.

<KINESIOLOGY LABS The Sports Medicine and Movement Lab studies sport biomechanics and provides evidence-based injury prevention protocols. Director Gretchen Oliver, Ph.D., FACSM, ATC, and her doctoral students specialize in kinematics, motion analysis, functional assessment, and injury prevention. Gretchen Oliver’s research focuses on injury prevention in youth, collegiate, and professional athletes, and provides strengthening, stretching, and […]

Warrior Research Center

Mission To help the United States Armed Forces maximize readiness through improved Warrior health and wellness, physical and technical performance, and equipment in order to fight and win in the 21st century battle space.  The Warrior Research Center (WRC): develops protocols to reduce the number and severity of musculoskeletal injuries; develops improved rehabilitation and treatments […]

Neuromechanics Lab – JoEllen Sefton, Ph.D.

<Kinesiology Labs The Neuromechanics Research Laboratory (NuRL) and the Warrior Research Center (WRC) combine physiology, biomechanics, engineering, motor control, neurophysiology, functional movement and sports medicine to investigate the neuromuscular and physiological effects of orthopedic and neuromuscular injury with the goal of developing new prevention, treatment and rehabilitation methods. Our work is done with a focus […]

Muscle Biochemistry Lab – Andreas Kavazis, Ph.D.

< Kinesiology Labs Andreas Kavazis, Ph.D. serves as the director of the Muscle Biochemistry Laboratory. He and his graduate students investigate molecular events occurring in muscle and other tissues. His research agenda focuses on understanding the molecular, cellular, and physiological adaptations that occur in different tissues, including skeletal muscle, cardiac muscle, adipose tissue, liver, etc. He […]

Muscle Physiology Lab – Bruce Gladden, Ph.D.

< Kinesiology Labs The Muscle Physiology Laboratory has a 25-year history in the School of Kinesiology at Auburn University.  Its overall emphasis is the regulation of metabolism during exercise.  Studies are typically interpreted in the context of human physiology and biochemistry. The primary experimental model has been isolated, blood-perfused canine muscle. However, studies on humans […]

Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Lab – Mary Rudisill, Ph.D.

< Kinesiology Labs The Pediatric Movement & Physical Activity Lab conducts research geared toward youth motor skill development and sport skill development. The Lab creates instructional climates designed to promote life-long physical activity for all people, from childhood through adulthood. Mary Rudisill, Ph.D, is the director of the lab, as well as the director of […]

Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Lab – Melissa Pangelinan, Ph.D.

<Kinesiology Labs The Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Lab uses state-of-the-art brain and body imaging, as well as neurocognitive and movement assessments, to determine how movement ability and physical activity participation affect brain and motor development across the lifespan in individuals with and without developmental disabilities. Melissa Pangelinan, Ph.D., is the director of the Pediatric […]