Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

Research: Labs


Applied Neuromechanics Research Laboratory (ANRL) – The focus of this lab is on lower extremity neuromechanics and injury risk.


Balance Analysis and Training Laboratory (BAT) – This lab focuses on the control and rehabilitation of balance.


Cardiac Metabolism Laboratory (CM) – The focus of this lab is on understanding function, metabolism, and intrinsic adaptations of the heart. The primary experimental models used in this lab are the isolated perfused rat heart and mitochondria.


Community Youth and Sport Development Laboratory (CYSD) – This lab focuses on pedagogical approaches to teaching life skills and leadership development through youth sports.


Exercise and Endocrinology Laboratory (E2) – The focus of this lab is the impact of either acute exercise or chronic training, disease or injury on the endocrine system.


Exercise and Neurocognitive Health Laboratory (ENH) – The focus of this lab is to better understand the relation of physical activity behavior to cognition and brain function in children and young adults.


Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory (EPR) – The focus of this lab is the influence of exercise on regulation of antioxidant defense mechanisms, inflammatory processes, glucose sensitivity regulatory processes, and more.


Hydration, Environment, and Thermal (H.E.A.T) Stress Lab – The focus of the H.E.A.T Stress Lab is the impact of thermal stress and alteration of total body water/fluid regulation on human health and performance.


Motor Behavior Laboratory (MB) – This lab focuses on all aspects of human motor behavior, including balance and postural control.


Pedagogical Kinesiology Research Laboratory (PK) – This lab focuses on conducting research projects, offering graduate-level courses, and having research team meetings related to pedagogical kinesiology.


Physical Activity and Cognition Laboratory (PAC) – The focus of this lab is on improving our understanding of the effects of physical activity on cognitive performance.


Physical Activity and Lifetime Wellness (PALW) – This lab focuses on understanding and promoting lifetime physical activity, health, and well-being across the lifespan. Ongoing research projects investigate the psychosocial factors underlying health behaviors with an emphasis on translating research into practice to foster meaningful behavior change.


Social Psychology and Physical Activity Laboratory (SPPA) – This lab’s research emphasizes quality of life within community-based programs that promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles for all.


Virtual Environment for Assessment and Rehabilitation Laboratory (VEAR) – The focus of this lab is to understand the role of complex behavior in gait and posture control, and to develop novel rehabilitation interventions to enhance motor behavior—including the use of virtual reality and smartphone technology.

A Conversation on Self-care: Using your Lunchtime Wisely

In December our EdD in KIN graduate assistants hosted a social event as an opportunity to pause for a moment and share healthy food/drink recipes and activities for self-care during the lunch break. During the peaceful moment, we talked about how we used our lunchtime and offered some tips on how to use small blocks […]

Chris Condran Earns New Position

Chris W. Condran, DPT, has earned a new position as the Visiting Faculty Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Lebanon Valley College! Dr. Condran had this to say about his new position: “ I am excited to integrate my passion for rehabilitation with my passion for athletics in a course for doctorate of physical therapy […]

A Mission to Enhance the Quality of Life of Others

Our EdD in KIN graduate, Lisa Almedina-McQuade, recently shared her dissertation work with her campus community at Lone Star College-University Park, in Houston, Texas.  Her topic addressed Yoga as a mindful physical activity to enhance college students’ well-being. Her findings were used to inform the student body, faculty, and administration about the benefits of a […]

Dr. Owens Honored with the Bryan School Staff Excellence Award

Dr. Robert Owens has been an integral part of the Bryan School of Business and Economics transition to online learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. For his excellence in helping the Bryan School transition so swiftly and efficiently he was awarded the Bryan School Staff Excellence Award!  Dr. Owens had this to say in regards to […]

Grad Program Highlight – Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology

The Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (ASEP) program is one of the newer concentrations within the Kinsiology Department. With only its third cohort set to graduate this spring, they are on the cutting edge of a rapidly expanding field. Unlike traditional master’s programs, which often require conducting research and writing a thesis, ASEP students have […]

Meet our graduate assistants – a key to our success

A key to our success is all the wonderful people who work with the EdD in Kinesiology program including our own graduate assistants (GAs).  Each year they serve in a variety of roles to help support the students, faculty and staff – this includes behind the scenes work that sometimes goes unnoticed. As program director, […]

Kinesiology Graduate Programs Virtual Open House

UNCG Kinesiology Graduate Programs Virtual Open House Wednesday, November 10th, 12:00-1:00pm EST Do you have a desire to study under experienced, award-winning faculty who are nationally recognized for their scholarship? Does being part of a department with ongoing partnerships with community organizations hold appeal to you?  Are you seeking interdisciplinary education and hands-on clinical experience […]

Taekwondo for Fun with Sun

The EdD in KIN program hosted a virtual social event a few weeks ago. Yongsun “Sun” Lee, a PhD student and Taekwondo instructor, taught basic Taekwondo skills and movements including some punches, kicks, steps, and combinations of those skills as ways to move our body while having a lot of fun. Students enjoyed popping their […]

KIN Graduate Programs In-Person Open House

The UNCG department of Kinesiology will be holding an in-person open house to explore our graduate programs on Friday, October 29th, 12:00-3:00pm. Lunch will be provided.  Learn about our 16 graduate programs, tour our research labs, meet faculty and current students, and gain tips about writing a strong graduate school application. There will also be […]

Serving Students During the Pandemic

Providing his students with physical activity opportunities during the pandemic One of our newest students, Joel Frye,  was recently featured in SHAPE America’s Momentum issue for his work in equity, diversity and inclusion in physical education. Joel shared with us what he has been doing as part of the national organization’s EDI advisory committee and […]

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