What is your educational background?
- Ph.D. Exercise Physiology, University of Pittsburgh, 2015
- M.S. Exercise Science, Georgia Southern University, 2011
- B.S. Kinesiology, Georgia Southern University, 2009
What are the main focuses of your research?
- Functional ingredients in energy drinks on markers of performance
- Association between macronutrient intake, cardiometabolic profile, and telomere length among overweight and obese adults
- Different dietary interventions (low carbohydrate high fat diets versus high carbohydrate low fat diets) on performance and health
Courses Taught: Physiology of Exercise, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Research Methods, Research Practicum, Independent Research, Exercise Testing, Professional Certification, Independent Study, Dietary Supplements, Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Diseases, Nutrition and Health
Areas of Expertise: Cardiovascular, Metabolic, and Hemodynamic Responses to Exercise, Environmental Physiology, Body Composition, Clinical Populations, Research, Human Performance, Sports Nutrition, Applied Exercise and Sport Physiology, Dietary Supplements/Ergogenic Aids, Perceived Exertion and Applied Physiology of Tennis Performance.
What is the most important piece of advice you give students to help them succeed?
Do not be afraid to challenge traditionally held beliefs or dogmas in your field. Science is ever changing. Fifty percent of what you know is probably wrong. Our job as scientists and researchers is to try to figure out which 50% is which. Until it is disproven, accept that for which the evidence appears solid and logical and is free of covert or conflicts of interest. Do not ever dismiss lightly that for which there is credible evidence. Question everything else. Eventually the truth will always prevail. So always aim to be on the side of truth.
- "Effects of Energy Drink Functional Ingredients on Running Performance." Journal of Exercise and Nutrition, 2018.
- "Observer Estimation of OMNI Scale RPE during Fire Suppression Using Video-Graphic Analysis." Journal of Sport and Human Performance, 2017.
- "Reliability and Validity of a Shallow Water Running Test Using Healthy Adult Women." Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2016.
- "Energy Drinks Improve 5-km Running Performance in Recreational Endurance Runners." Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2016.
- "Pre-season Changes in Performance in Collegiate Women Tennis Players." Journal of Sport and Human Performance, 2015.
National Presentations (refereed)
- "The Effect of Differing Fluid Replacement Strategies on Running Performance." American College of Sports Medicine Regional Meeting, Harrisburg, PA (2017).
- "The Acute Effect of Different Self-Myofascial Release Modalities on Anaerobic Sports Performance and Functional Movement." American College of Sports Medicine Regional Meeting, Harrisburg, PA (2017).
- "Effects of Different Exercise Modalities on Executive Cognitive Function." American College of Sports Medicine Regional Meeting, Harrisburg, PA (2017).
- "Effects of Energy Drink Functional Ingredients on Running Performance." American College of Sports Medicine Regional Meeting, Harrisburg, PA (2016).
- "Rest Interval Length Does Not Affect Total Exercise Volume during Lower Body Resistance Training." Poster presented at American College of Sports Medicine Mid Atlantic Regional Conference, Harrisburg, PA (2015).
- "Reliability and Validity of a Shallow Water Running Test Using Healthy Adult Women." American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (2015).
- "Indicators of Fatigue in Collegiate Women Tennis Players." National Strength and Conditioning Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV (2011).
- Principal Investigator, “The Effects of a Low Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diet versus a High Carbohydrate Diet on Physical Performance, Exercise Metabolism, Cardiometabolic Health, and Cognitive Function in Male Recreational Endurance Runners” funded by Grove City College JMM Grant ($31,757.19).
- Principal Investigator, “Association between Macronutrient Intake, Cardiometabolic Profile, and Telomere Length among Overweight and Obese Adults” ($26,057.88), 2016.
- Principal Investigator, “Effects of energy drink functional ingredients on running performance” funded by Grove City College JMM Grant ($4,600), 2015.
- Principal Investigator, “The Effect of Energy Drink Ingestion on 5-km Running Performance in Recreational Endurance Runners” funded by University of Pittsburgh School of Education Research Grant ($1,500), 2014.
- Co-Investigator, “Validity of a Shallow Water Running Test Using Healthy Adult Women” National Swimming Pool Foundation/Center for Disease Control Awarded, ($10,500), 2013.
- "How to Use Caffeine on Race Day." Outside, 2018.
Is there any additional personal experience you would like to share?
I am originally from Cape Town, South Africa. I was a former NCAA Division I collegiate tennis player at Georgia Southern University and top ten junior tennis player in South Africa. My hobbies and interests include running, playing tennis, reading, spending time with my family, and attending church.