WSU Division of Kinesiology Spring Updates
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Faculty Highlights
KHS is pleased to welcome three new faculty to our division:
E. Whitney G. Moore, Ph.D., is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Wayne State University. As a member of the Division of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Studies, she conducts research that focuses on how coaches and teachers maximize their positive motivational impact with youth, so that youth are motivated to participate in and enjoy physical activities. Her research is centered on the principles of Nicholls’ Achievement Goal Perspective Theory and Deci & Ryan’s Self-Determination Theory.  Dr. Moore completed her PhD in the Health and Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity at the University of Kansas, under Dr. Mary Fry. Her interest in this field stems from her experience as a strength and conditioning coach and soccer coach. Dr. Moore is also interested in maximizing data collection efficiency, measurement development, and conducting quantitative analyses that accurately represent real-world complexity through structural equation modeling and multi-level modeling. She has published papers on training, coaching, and teaching techniques, in addition to papers on handling missing data.
Tiffany Edgar
Alan Freedman is a Lecturer in Athletic Training in the Division of Kinesiology, Sports, and Health Studies.  He is a part of a team that is developing an athletic training education program.  Alan brings 26 years of clinical and academic experience to Wayne State.  Freedman serves on the Reinstatement Panel for the Board of Certification.  He is a 2016 recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Athletic Trainer Service Award which recognizes NATA members for their contributions to the athletic training profession as a volunteer at the local and state levels. These recipients have been involved in professional associations, community organizations, grassroots public relations efforts and service as a volunteer athletic trainer. Candidates must have held the certified athletic trainer (ATC) credential, conferred by the Board of Certification, and have been an NATA member, both for at least 20 years.  In 2015, Alan was the recipient of the Board of Certification (BOC) Dan Libera Service Award in recognition of his longstanding dedication to the mission and programs of the BOC. Additionally, Freedman is a member of the Sports Medicine Team with USA Fencing.
Dr. Whitney Moore

Tiffany Edgar has joined Kinesiology, Health and Sports Studies as a Lecturer in Sports Administration. She comes to Wayne State with experience in teaching college sport management courses and K-12 physical education, along with experience in coaching youth sports and college fast-pitch softball. Tiffany has also held athletic administration positions of Athletic Academic Advisor and Senior Women’s Administrator. Currently, Tiffany is pursuing a PhD in Sport Leadership.

Alan Freedman
Faculty Updates

Dr. Jeffrey Martin
presented a talk titled, "Disability Sport and Exercise Psychology: From Participation to the Paralympics" on Monday June 13th to the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport at Charles University in Prague.

Dr. Jeffrey Martin accepted the Editorship at the Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly starting in fall 2016.
Dr. Neha Gothe- 2016 Symposium on Yoga Research Tuesday, September 20 from 1:30 am - 12 pm Oral Presentation: Yoga and Cognition:  Evidence from acute and intervention studies

Dr. Bo Shen in the Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership Program initiated a "3+2" program agreement signed by Central China Normal University and Wayne State University in 2014, our division has consistently recruited graduate students from China. The first wave of Chinese students (N=5) have completed their first-year of studies successfully and are going into their second year. The second wave of students (N=3) have arrived and are ready to begin their academic journey here at Wayne State University.

The Wayne State University Center for Health and Community Impact researchers and staff members were well represented at the first Annual MOTION Coalition Meeting. Rachael Dombrowski, Community Health Education Professor and researcher for the Wayne State University Center for Health and Community Impact gave an oral presentation on her research "Evaluation of Comprehensive and Coordinated Health Education in the Chicago Public Schools." Erin Centeio PhDLila Gutuskey PhD, Kristen Kaszeta and Kari Woloszyk were chosen to present posters for the First Annual Meeting of the MOTION Coalition. The posters cover topics which focus on programs and projects that increase efficacy and implementation of policies and programs designed to reduce the risk of obesity in children. The Center for Health and Community Impact is proud to support the common cause of reducing childhood obesity and increasing physical activity.


Linda Jimenez, Program coordinator for the KHS Learning Community programs won several awards along with her team:
1) Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies (undergrad LC): 2015-16 Learning Community Program of the Year
2) Delaney Mitchell, William Lindsay, and Ryan Sieja - Master Mentor Level III for the International Mentor Training Program Certification (highest level possible)
3) James Mallare - Advance Mentor Level II or the International Mentor Training Program Certification and Over the Shamoun Award for Best Peer Mentor and Student of the Year.
4) Delaney Mitchell - Most Likely to Brighten Your Day Award

Student Highlight

Courtney Morton, Exercise and Sport Science undergraduate student presented at the Wayne State University 5th Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium at the Margherio Family Conference Center, hosted by the Office of the Vice President of Research and the Department of Physiology. Courtney’s research poster presentation was titled “Sestrin is required for Exercise Benefits in Extending Health Span of Flies.”

Student Updates

Brittaney Jones, Undergraduate student in the Exercise and Sport Science program has been accepted into the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and College of Dental Medicine which provides students who are seriously interested in applying to medical or dental school with a well-defined, integrated approach to learning, focusing on the basic science curriculum needed to apply to medical or dental school. Students engage in intense coursework, labs, learning-skills workshops, and career development courses during the six weeks of the program, while attending seminars and gaining practical experience (dental labs or clinical rotations) weekly.
The program strives to help students enhance and improve their chances of becoming successful applicants and students at the medical/dental schools of their choice

Karen Ann Sharkey, Undergraduate student in the Exercise and Sport Science program has been accepted to the Wayne State Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduate Program for Fall 2016.
Delaney Mitchell recent graduate from the Exercise and Sport Science program was accepted into the Wayne State University Occupational Therapy program for Fall 2016.

Leonard Sanford Jr. Undergraduate student in the Exercise and Sport Science program has been accepted to the University of Detroit Mercy, Health Services Administration Master’s Program for Fall 2016.

Kyle Crane, Undergraduate student in the Exercise and Sport Science program has been accepted to Life University for the Doctorate of Chiropractic program for Fall 2016.

Gowtami Datla graduate of the Master’s in Exercise and Sport Science program has successfully passed her Physical therapy board exam, and is now a licensed Physical therapist!  Congratulations Gowtami we are so proud to share in your success.


Brigid Byrd PhD student and her faculty mentor Dr. Jeffrey Martin we recently awarded a $5000.00 grant from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology for their research proposal “A Longitudinal Biopsychosocial Investigation of Overtraining in Division I College Swimmers.”
Ronald Benedict PhD student under the direction of faculty member Qin Lai received $1,000 Dissertation Research Award from WSU Graduate School.

Nicholas Siekirk PhD student under the direction of faculty member Qin Lai presented on his research project entitled "The Effect of Stepping Rate and Resistance on Lower Extremity Resistance on Lower Extremity Electromyography in Recumbent Stepping." His work was accepted for poster presentation June 15-18 at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) annual conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  This project was a collaboration between the Physical Therapy Department and KHS. This investigation was completed in Neurotech Lab under the direction of Dr. Sujay Galen and Dr. Victoria Pardo.

Aiman Sarhan PhD student under the direction of faculty member Qin Lai was accepted to present his research at the Olympic Science Convention, Santos, Brazil, in August, 2016. This research was Aiman's pre-dissertation study.
Each year the American Kinesiology Association recognizes outstanding Kinesiology majors whose academic and leadership records are distinctive. The awards are intended to recognize and promote academic excellence, to further the professional competence and dedication of academically accomplished students and to promote kinesiology and its related fields.
  • Congratulations to Brett Sassack for being awarded the American Kinesiology Association Undergraduate Scholar Award.
  • Congratulations to Laurel Whalen for being honored with this year’s AKA Graduate Writing Scholar Award.


Fahlman, M. M. (Principal Investigator), McCaughtry, N., (Co-investigators), 2015 – 16 Detroit Healthy Youth Initiative: Interdisciplinary Nutrition Education in High Schools

Source: Michigan Nutrition Network

Awarded: $220,601.00

October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017
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