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Lab Members

Sofiya Alhassan

Lab director, Sofiya Alhassan, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She completed her doctoral training at Auburn University in the area of Kinesiology and her postdoctoral training at Stanford University School of Medicine in cardiovascular disease prevention with an emphasize in community-base pediatric obesity prevention. Alhassan has research experience in the area of community-based physical activity interventions and physical activity assessment in low socioeconomic ethnic-minority children and preadolescents. Some of her past research studies involved 1) testing a policy base physical activity intervention in Latino preschool-age children and 2) examining the impact of an after-school afro-centric dance intervention to prevent excessive weight gain among low-income pre-adolescent African-American girls.  Her research is funded by NIH and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Active Living Research). She is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, Stanford School of Medicine, 2007
  • PhD., Auburn University, 2004
  • M.S., Auburn University, 2000
  • B.S., Stetson University, 1996

Research Interest

  • Family-based physical activity interventions
  • Physical activity policy-base intervention in preschool-age children
  • Environmental and media influence on various health behaviors in ethnic-minority populations

Affiliations

  • American College of Sport Medicine
  • American Heart Association
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • The Obesity Society
  • African-American Collaborative Research Network
Christine St. Laurent, M.S.

Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Student Member
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Kinesiology
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Education

M.S., James Madison University, 2005
B.S., James Madison University, 2003

Research Interest

Fitness, cognition, and academic performance
Preschool physical activity
Youth resistance training
Physical activity during pregnancy

Affliations

American College of Sports Medicine
National Strength and Conditioning Association
North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine
National Physical Activity Society

Key Publications

St. Laurent, C.W., Burkart, S., and Alhassan, A. Effect of school-based physical activity intervention on number and letter recognition in preschoolers. International Journal of Exercise Science, 2018:11(5):168-178.

St. Laurent, C.W., Masteller, B., and Sirard, J. Effects of suspension-training based movement program on muscular fitness, functional movement, and performance in youth. Pediatric Exercise Science. (Accepted for Publication.)

 

Sarah Burkart, M.S.

Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Student Member
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Kinesiology
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Education

M.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015
B.S., Sacred Heart University, 2013

Research Interest

Pediatric physical activity interventions
Exercise and special populations
Pediatric obesity prevention strategies

Affiliations

American College of Sport Medicine
North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine

Camille Lecompte

Graduate Student Member
Masters Student

Carlie Mannai

Undergraduate Student
Sophomore
Major: Communication Disorders

Ethan McPherson

Undergraduate Student Member
Senior
Major: Kinesiology

Sandra-Lily Lantrum

Undergraduate Student Member
Senior
Majors: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Riley Rainville

Undergraduate Student Member
Senior
Major: Kinesiology

Josh Rego

Undergraduate Student Member
Senior
Major:

Juliana White

Undergraduate Student Member
Junior
Major:

Bryanna Walker

Undergraduate Student Member
Junior
Major: 

Althea Turley

Undergraduate Student Member
Junior
Majors: Public Health and Anthropology

Kezia Asiedu

Undergraduate Student Member
Senior
Major: Biology

Alex Hoffman

Undergraduate Student Member 
Sophomore
Major: Kinesiology

Gaurav Dangol

Undergraduate Student Member
Senior
Majors: Public Health & Microbiology

Samantha Foster

Undergraduate Student Member
Senior
Major: Kinesiology

Lila Hoachlander-Hobby

Undergraduate Student Member
Senior
Major: Biology

Rachael Lawrence

Undergraduate Student Member
Senior
Majors: Psychology & Kinesiology

Billy Bertheaud

Undergraduate Student Member
Junior
Major: Kinesiology

Joe Carrara

Undergraduate Student Member
Junior
Major: Biology

Elizabeth Osa-Agbontaen

Undergraduate Student Member
Senior
Major: Biology & Psychology

Yam Schaal

Undergraduate Student Member
Junior
Major: Physics

Luke Sudarsky

Undergraduate Student Member
Senior
Major: Public Health

Lauren Zarro

Undergraduate Student Member
Senior
Major: Kinesiology