Faculty

About our faculty:

Our faculty actively publish in the top journals in the field and routinely present their work at national and international conferences. Six faculty are Fellows of the American College of Sports Medicine and four have been elected Fellows of the prestigious National Academy of Kinesiology. Several of the faculty serve on multiple editorial boards for professional journals. All faculty members teach undergraduate and graduate courses and direct independent research programs. Several faculty participate in the university-wide Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Neuroscience and Behavior Graduate programs.

Faculty expertise extends to many pressing kinesiology concerns such as physical activity and health, including fitness, health and wellness, intervention, and the measurement of physical activity; motor systems, including sensory-motor control and biomechanics; and physiology, including muscle damage, cardiovascular health and recovery, muscle fatigue and aging, and energy metabolism.


Faculty directory:

  • Sofiya Alhassan
    Professional Title:
    Associate Professor
    Department:
    Kinesiology
    Telephone:
    413-545-3475
    Campus Address:
    150 Totman Building
    Education:

    B.S., Stetson University, 1996; M.S., Auburn University, 2000; Ph.D., Auburn University, 2004; Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University School of Medicine

  • Professional Title:
    Assistant Professor
    Department:
    Kinesiology
    Telephone:
    413-545-1717
    Campus Address:
    159C Totman Building
    Education:

    B.Sc., Queen’s University,2001; Ph.D., University of Calgary, 2006; Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University.

  • Judi Labranche
    Professional Title:
    Lecturer
    Department:
    Kinesiology
    Telephone:
    413-577-1520
    Campus Address:
    159A Totman Building
    Education:

    B.S., Springfield College, 1992; M.S., Springfield College, 1994

  • Graham Caldwell
    Professional Title:
    Associate Professor
    Department:
    Kinesiology
    Telephone:
    413-545-0017
    Campus Address:
    105 Totman Building
    Personal Website:
    Education:

    B.Sc. (Honours), University of Waterloo, 1978; M.Sc., University of Waterloo, 1980; Ph.D., Simon Fraser University, 1987

  • Professional Title:
    Research Professor
    Department:
    Kinesiology
    Telephone:
    413-545-3352
    Campus Address:
    215 Arnold House
    Education:

    B.S., Emory University, 1978; M.D., SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 1982; Fellowship in Endocrinology, University of Massachusetts Worcester, 1988

  • Professional Title:
    Assistant Professor
    Department:
    Kinesiology
    Telephone:
    413-545-6007
    Campus Address:
    159B Totman Building
    Personal Website:
    Education:

    B.S., McGill University; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Postdoctoral Fellowship, Emory University and Georgia Tech; Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Copenhagen.

  • Professional Title:
    Associate Professor
    Department:
    Kinesiology
    Telephone:
    413-545-4944
    Campus Address:
    158 Totman Building
    Personal Website:
    Education:

    B.S.E. Seton Hall University, 1992; M.S. University of Massachusetts, 1997; Ph.D., Marquette University, 2002; Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Vermont, 2008

  • Eliza Frechette
    Professional Title:
    Lecturer
    Department:
    Kinesiology
    Telephone:
    413-545-1514
    Campus Address:
    25 Totman Building
    Education:

    B.A., Mount Holyoke College (2000); M.S., Smith College (2010)

  • Professional Title:
    Professor and Department Chair
    Department:
    Kinesiology
    Telephone:
    413-545-2620
    Campus Address:
    111 Totman Building
    Education:

    B.S., University of Michigan; M.S., University of Michigan; Ph.D, University of Michigan; Post-doctoral training at the Institute of Environmental Stress, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Jennifer Gordon
    Professional Title:
    Lecturer
    Department:
    Kinesiology
    Telephone:
    413-545-7904
    Campus Address:
    Room 8 Totman Building
    Education:

    B.S., Psychology, SUNY Oneonta; M.S., Sport Psychology, Georgia Southern University; Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, Springfield College

  • Joseph Hamill
    Professional Title:
    Professor and Associate Dean of Research for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences
    Department:
    Kinesiology
    Telephone:
    413-545-2245
    Campus Address:
    23 Totman Building
    Education:

    B.A., York University, Canada; B.S., Concordia University, Canada; M.S., University of Oregon; Ph.D., University of Oregon

  • Stephanie Jones
    Professional Title:
    Research Assistant Professor
    Department:
    Kinesiology
    Telephone:
    413-545-4959
    Campus Address:
    155 Totman Building
    Education:

    B.Sc., University of Guelph; M.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst; Ph.D., McGill University

  • Gary Kamen
    Professional Title:
    Professor and Associate Graduate Program Director
    Department:
    Kinesiology
    Telephone:
    413-545-0784
    Campus Address:
    160A Totman Building
    Education:

    B.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1974; M.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1975; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1980

  • Professional Title:
    Professor and Graduate Program Director
    Department:
    Kinesiology
    Telephone:
    413-545-9477
    Campus Address:
    108 Totman Building
    Education:

    B.A., California State University, Long Beach,1980; M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 1983; Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1987

  • Professional Title:
    Assistant Professor
    Department:
    Kinesiology
    Telephone:
    413-577-4701
    Campus Address:
    106 Totman Building
    Education:

    B.S., University of Colorado; M.S., University of Colorado; Ph.D., University of Vermont; Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Vermont

  • Frank Rife
    Professional Title:
    Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Director and Chief Academic Advisor
    Department:
    Kinesiology
    Telephone:
    413-545-2634
    Campus Address:
    109 Totman Building
    Education:

    B.S., Trinity University (1970); M.S., Brigham Young University (1971); Ph.D., The Ohio State University (1973)

  • John Sirard
    Professional Title:
    Assistant Professor
    Department:
    Kinesiology
    Telephone:
    413-545-7898
    Campus Address:
    159D Totman Building
    Education:

    B.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1991; M.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1997; Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2003; Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University School of Medicine

  • Professional Title:
    Lecturer
    Department:
    Kinesiology
    Telephone:
    413-545-6438
    Campus Address:
    25A Totman
    Education:

    B.S., Exercise Science, James Madison University, 2003; M.S., Exercise Physiology, James Madison University, 2005

  • Brian Umberger
    Professional Title:
    Associate Professor
    Department:
    Kinesiology
    Telephone:
    413-545-1436
    Campus Address:
    107 Totman Building
    Education:

    B.S., Central Connecticut State University, 1993; M.S., Springfield College, 1997; Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2003

  • Richard Van Emmerik
    Professional Title:
    Professor
    Department:
    Kinesiology
    Telephone:
    413-545-0325
    Campus Address:
    160 Totman Building
    Education:

    B.S., Vrije Universiteit, the Netherlands, 1984; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1990; Post-Doctoral Fellow: Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1990-1993

  • Sarah Witkowski
    Professional Title:
    Assistant Professor
    Department:
    Kinesiology
    Telephone:
    413-545-6102
    Campus Address:
    106 Totman Building
    Education:

    B.S., The College of William & Mary,1995; M.S., University of Delaware, 2000; Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2008; Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Maryland, 2010