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Assistant Professor

Applied Health Sciences

Cameron Mackey
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  • Dr. Cameron Mackey is an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Health Sciences. He received his doctorate in Health and Human Performance at Oklahoma State University, where he also earned a graduate certificate in statistical methods and analyses. Dr. Mackey is a United States Air Force veteran and is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F) and through USA Weightlifting as a Sports Performance Coach. At Loyola, Dr. Mackey plans to focus his research on muscular and neural adaptations to exercise, with a priority on human performance optimization in military and veteran populations. He has multiple publications in the field of applied exercise science and has presented research at several regional and national conferences with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and NSCA.


    Education
    • Oklahoma State University, Bachelors           
    • Oklahoma State University, Masters             
    • Oklahoma State University, Ph.D.               

    What prompted you to pursue your field?

    Throughout my time in the military as an engineer, one of my alternate duties was to be a physical training leader. This involved leading the squadron in regular physical training multiple times per week and helping those individuals who struggled passing the physical fitness assessment/test. I became interested in what was happening to our bodies during physical exertion and decided to dive into the exercise physiology and kinesiology realm after serving in the military.

    What "called" you to/attracted you to Loyola?

    There were a number of reasons I chose Loyola. First, the Parkinson School and the Exercise Science undergraduate and graduate programs are relatively new. This means there is great opportunity to build, shape, and promote these programs and the school. Second, upon meeting and interviewing with a number of individuals within the Parkinson School, it was apparent right away that people are actively seeking collaboration which benefits everyone. In addition, one of the primary components of Loyola's mission is to serve others through the knowledge and experience we've gained. This resonated with me because of my service in the U.S. Air Force and one of its core values (