Faculty Research

Our six full time faculty in the department of Health and Human Performance are scholars and experts in their fields. Current active research agendas for HHP faculty include:

Dr. Gwendolyn Francavillo, Associate Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance.

 Research Interests:

  • Sexual Assault
  • Stress Management

 Dr. Michael Nordvall, Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance.

 Research Interests:

  • Biathlon physiology 
  • Alterations in physiology during the competitive season in triathletes and cross-country runners.

Dr. Michelle Walters-Edwards
Associate Dean, Malek School of Health Professions and Associate Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance.

Research Interests:

  • Human performance evaluation of elite athletes
  • Prevention of lower limb injury in female athletes
  • Prevention  and reversal of childhood obesity
  • Neuromuscular control of the knee joint (ACL injury prevention)

Dr. Alexei Wong. Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance.

Research Interests:

  • Exercise interventions and cardiovascular function
  • The effects of supplementation on cardiovascular health
  • The acute effects of kettlebell exercise on blood pressure and autonomic function
  • The effects of a foam rolling session on cardiovascular function

Ms. Amy Allnutt. Continuing Instructor, Department of Health and Human Performance.

Research Interests:

  • Obesity treatment and prevention through exercise and lifestyle intervention

Dr. Sara Pappa. Visiting Faculty, Department of Health and Human Performance. 

Research Interests:

  • Falls prevention in the aging population
  • Public Health