Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

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Dr. William Adams’s research focuses on cranking up the heat, literally. Adams is studying the effects of heat on athletes, and is working diligently to educate and prevent injuries due to heat in athletes. His research published on September 18, 2017 highlights every State’s Health and Safety Policies on preventing the leading causes of sudden death and catastrophic injury in sport. For more information, read the publication below:

Adams_2017_State Level Implementation of Health and Safety

Breathtaking View of The UNCG Campus

The Department of Kinesiology would like to offer up congratulations to the University as a whole.  For the 19th straight year, UNCG has been named to the Princeton Review’s “The Best 382 Colleges” list for excellence in undergraduate education.  In particular UNCG stands out for offering  “strong academic programs” at an affordable price along with a “breathtaking campus.”  Well done Spartans!  For more information please see the link below.

UNCG named to Princeton Review’s ‘Best Colleges’ list for 19th consecutive year

2014 Cohort

This summer, our very first online cohort reached a major milestone and we couldn’t be more proud. Fourteen students traveled to UNCG to present their dissertation proposals. Proposal Week was a four-day event set up for this group. This event was quite special as it was the first time the whole cohort was required to be together again since orientation. “It was kind of like a family reunion,” says Pam Brown, director of the EdD in KIN program, “some people had gotten married, had children, or changed jobs since they started the program, and it was really special catching up.”

While the ’14 cohort was on campus, they also made a collective donation to Dr. Cathy Ennis’ memorial scholarship fund. This touching and unexpected gesture was made in honor of Dr. Ennis’ personal guidance of the students in this cohort.

With the completion of their comprehensive exams and the defense of their dissertation proposals, this group is on track to graduate next May. The wide range of dissertation proposals demonstrated the interdisciplinary approach of an EdD degree. The students set out to explore and help solve issues related to professional practice in the field of kinesiology, from using physical activity to prevent burnout in social workers, to educating musicians about music-related risks that can harm auditory function, this group covered it all. See the complete list of proposals below.

Our ‘14 cohort is setting an example for the subsequent cohorts, and we look forward to seeing them again next May as they defend their dissertations and graduate!

  • Sociocultural Competence In Sport Coaching Education Project
  • Growth-minded Athletes: Do Coaching Feedback Focal Points Matter?
  • Person-centered Care In Athletic Training: A Case Study Approach
  • An Investigation Into The Relationship Between Perceived Stress, Burnout, And Physical Activity Participation Levels In Social Workers
  • Increasing Physical Activity And Self-efficacy In Physical Education Through Internet Programming, A Modern Approach
  • The Relationship Between Physical Fitness And Academic Achievement Among 4th And 5th Grade Boys And Girls From High And Low-poverty Backgrounds
  • The Influence Of Acculturation And Professional Socialization On Fitness Oriented Students’ Interpretation And Delivery Of The
  • Teaching Games For Understanding Model
  • The Effects Of Teaching Strategies On Moderate To Vigorous Physical Activity Intensity
  • The Effect Of An Introductory Strength Training Program On Acl Injury Risk Factors.
  • An Evaluation Of The United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center And School Human Performance Program
  • The Effects Of Modified Martial Arts Programming On Older Adults
  • Online Hearing Conservation Programming For College Musicians
  • North Carolina High Schools Coaches’ Knowledge Of The Female Athlete Triad

Students listening to proposal

The Masters of Science in Athletic Training students pose for their official picture as second years in the program. Dr. William Adams, Associate Program Director, and Dr. Aaron Terranova, Clinical Education Coordinator oversee to get the optimal photo. Their course work and rotations began at the beginning of August, where they gain hands on experience working with patients in a variety of clinical settings. “This is the largest cohort we have ever brought in and we are looking forward to watching them develop their knowledge and clinical skills as they progress in the program.” -Dr. Terranova.

The UNCG KIN department is glad to recognize a new member of its close-knit community, William Adams, the new Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Masters of Science in Athletic Training program. Adams holds a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Master’s degree from The University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. from The University of Connecticut. Previously, he held a position at the Korey Stringer Institute at The University of Connecticut.

Adams’s research interests are focused on investigating various facets of exertional heat illness and maximizing athletic performance in the heat. Particularly, his interests lie in identifying strategies to optimize the prevention, treatment and recovery of exertional heat illness, examining the influence of hydration and thermal stress on exercise and recovery, and utilizing wearable technology to quantify human performance and recovery. The long-term goal of his research is to identify ways to integrate strategies to augment current evidence-based practices to mitigate risk and enhance human performance.

This semester, Adams is teaching KIN 642: Optimizing Athletic Performance to the MSAT students.

Adams spent most of his life growing up in northeast Wisconsin, however, he is a loyal Boston Red Sox and Patriots fan. He enjoy staying active and being outdoors with his wife and two dogs (Boston Terrier and Chihuahua). As a fun fact, I am a direct descendant of former Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams.

What do you enjoy about being part of the UNCG KIN department?
One of the things that I enjoy about being part of the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG is being surrounded by a group of colleagues who have excelled as educators and scholars as this allows me the opportunity to enhance my own professional growth as a teacher and researcher. I also enjoy being able to teach and mentor motivated students in the classroom and the laboratory as they prepare to begin their own professional careers.

In what ways does your research have real-world implications?
The research I conduct has real-world implications by supporting and enhancing current evidence-based best practices for the prevention, management and recovery of exertional heat stroke, optimizing athletic performance in the heat and preventing sudden death in sport and physical activity. Identifying strategies focused on the prevention, management and recovery of exertional heat stroke and the other leading causes of sudden death in sport and physical activity optimizes the health and safety of athletes, soldiers and those that are physically active and allows for the optimization of patient care.

What are some fun experiences you have had in your professional journey?
I have been very fortunate thus far in my professional journey as a clinician and researcher. Some of the most memorable experiences that I have had have been volunteering as a medical volunteer at events such as the Boston Marathon, Falmouth Road Race, Marine Corps Marathon and Beach to Beacon Road Race where I have been able to successfully treat over 40 patients with exertional heat stroke. This has been an awe-inspiring experience for me professionally as these runners are brought into the tent with a medical emergency and within 30 minutes their lives are saved and they are able to have dinner with their families that night. Aside from providing medical care to injured athletes, participating in these events has driven my passion for my research and has also allowed me to make many new and long-lasting friendships with colleagues from around the country.

A group of EdD students balancing as group in team building exercise

It has now become a tradition, every June around 20 students from across the country leave their families and jobs to embark on a giant step in their lives. This pursuit to obtain higher education in the midst of career and family is a brave one and UNCG faculty and staff are committed to their support.

In June, our newest 2017 cohort joined us on campus for three days. They were greeted by a panel of distinguished guest, faculty, and alumni  and some very delicious food. The orientation culminated with a day at Piney Lake where students participated in team building exercises.

The orientation addressed important issues such as the use of technology, the challenges of balancing education along with career and family obligations, best practices and helpful hints, along with how to successfully and adequately navigate online courses. The new cohort was very satisfied with their experiences during the orientation at UNCG and excited about classes this fall. Here are some of the things they had to say:

“I enjoyed how it was planned out. It provided a great opportunity to meet and get to know our cohort and more about the University, faculty, staff, and other students. Leaving the campus I felt comfortable and excited at what lies ahead!”

“Was completely amazed how we all came in as individuals but by the time we left, we were a team. Great job!!”


“Overall, it was a great experience and helped me get to know everyone and become more relaxed about starting the program.”

Applications for the fall 2018 academic year are now being accepted. Our review of applications for admissions will begin mid-January of 2018. For more information on the program, click here or contact us at

Graduate Students are on campus gearing up for the Fall semester beginning Tuesday August 15, 2017. Orientation is well underway; prepping students for course work, teaching, research, and much more. The Department of Kinesiology and UNCG welcome all of our new students! We look forward to the outstanding teaching, proficient scholarship, and incredible service these students will perform in the coming year!

The Department of Kinesiology is proud to highlight Dr. Erin Reifsteck, one of its many esteemed alumni who have invested their knowledge and skills gained at UNCG to work professionally. As an alum of both the Master’s  as well as the Doctoral program, Reifsteck brings an especially strong perspective to her work through teaching, mentoring, and researching.

How did your PhD prepare you for your career?

Through my PhD program I was able to take a range of coursework across the kinesiology discipline (e.g., sport and exercise psychology, neural aspects of motor control, sociology of sport, exercise prescription, etc) and beyond (e.g., qualitative research, feminist theory, structural equation modeling, etc) that prepared me to conduct interdisciplinary research and also cultivated a broad view of our field that has helped me mentor graduate students with diverse interests.

What current research are you completing?

My main research focuses on understanding and promoting lifetime physical activity, health, and well-being through sport and life transitions. With funding from the NCAA over the past two years, my research team and I have worked on the development and evaluation of the Moving On! program, which is designed to help student-athletes make healthy transitions to life after college sports by promoting lifetime physical activity and healthy eating ( This year we received funding from the School of Health and Human Sciences to track physical activity and health outcomes of senior student-athletes as they transition out of college sports.

What’s your favorite thing about your career?

Great faculty mentors during both my undergraduate and graduate studies had a big impact on my own professional development over the years and inspired me to want to become a college professor. I feel privileged to be in a position where I continually get to learn and be challenged intellectually in new ways.  I always liked being a student (at least enough to go through 9 consecutive years of higher education), and I suppose working in academia means I’ll never really have to stop being one. I also appreciate the flexibility to pursue research topics that are personally meaningful to me, and I enjoy the opportunity to mentor students as they develop and pursue their own research and professional interests. UNCG has always felt like home to me. I believe that our department has created a supportive, collegial environment that is truly invested in the success of faculty, staff, and students.

Do you have any advice for students seeking or considering higher education such as a Ph.D.?

Take some time to really consider your long-term career goals. In the field of sport and exercise psychology in particular, there really is no one defined path- which can be both exciting and frustrating for students interested in this field. But, knowing where you ultimately want to end up will guide you toward choosing the path to get there that makes the most sense for you.

Tell us about yourself!

I am an assistant professor in the Dept of Kinesiology at UNCG. I received a PhD and MS in sport and exercise psychology from UNCG along with a doctoral minor in educational research methodology and a graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies. I primarily teach courses in the EdD in KIN program such as Mixed Methods in Kinesiology Research and Grant Writing. Prior to coming to UNCG, I competed as a Division I field hockey goalkeeper at Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania.  I am also a third degree black belt and level 4 certified instructor with Taekwondo America. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband and two basset hounds.

Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors:

Are you interested in completing research in one of our on campus laboratories? Want to connect with the community while making a difference? Would you like to receive funding for your research to help you with traveling, presentations, and tuition? If so, this is the perfect opportunity for you!

UNCG was awarded an NIH Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U-STAR) Fellowship program. This program aims to increase the number and diversity of students entering graduate school for biomedical and behavioral sciences research. Our program at UNCG will select MARC U-STAR Fellows that work in research labs for their JR and SR years. A MARC U-STAR Fellow will receive the benefits of specialized courses and workshops; funding for their research projects; a two -year stipend with in-state tuition paid; paid summer research experiences; and funds for travel to meetings to present their work. If selected, we will work with the student and the Department to find a suitable mentor if the students does not already have one identified.

If you’re interested, and think you may qualify, please apply! More information on our labs can be found here:, and the application & program information can be found here: For questions, please click on the application and program link to see the Program Directors.

The deadline to apply is July 31, 2017. Good luck!