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Assistant Professor, Applied Health Sciences

Currently, I am an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Health Sciences at Loyola University Chicago and research scientist at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital. I completed my PhD in Health and Human Performance at Oklahoma State University, where I also earned a graduate certificate in statistical methods and analyses under the mentorship of Dr. Jason DeFreitas. I am a United States Air Force veteran and certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F). My research agenda focuses on muscular and neural adaptations to exercise, with a priority on human performance optimization in military and veteran populations. 

  • PhD in Health & Human Performance, Oklahoma State University
  • MS in Applied Exercise Science, Oklahoma State University
  • BS in Health & Exercise Science, Oklahoma State University

What prompted you to pursue your field?

Throughout my time in the military as an engineer, one of my alternate duties was as 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. 

What called you to or attracted you to Loyola?

There were a number of reasons I chose Loyola. Firstly, the Parkinson's 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. Secondly, upon meeting/interviewing with a number of individuals within the Parkinson's School it was made 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 due to my time in the United States Air Force and one of its core values being "Service before self".