New research by George B. Cunningham, Ph.D., and Kelsey Garrison in the Department of Sport Management reveals that recent transgender athlete bans stem from state politics and public biases.
Christopher M. McLeod, Ph.D., assistant professor in sport management, was honored by the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, earning the Early Career Research Award and being named a Research Fellow. Additionally, McLeod was invited to join the editorial board of “Sociology of Sport Journal.”
As the holiday season approaches, it's the perfect time to spread love and joy. One impactful way to do so is by giving back to the community and the University of Florida College of Health & Human Performance offers three meaningful avenues to make a difference this December.
The University of Florida College of Health & Human Performance has recently awarded five proposals with seed funding, up to $25,000 each, for external grant submissions. This initiative aims to propel the college into the forefront of cutting-edge research by harnessing the power of artificial intelligence.
Congratulations to George B. Cunningham, Ph.D., the University Athletic Association Endowed Professor in Sport Management. An installation ceremony was hosted earlier this month celebrating the newly endowed professor.
Dr. Cunningham, chair in the Department of Sport Management, highlighted his research on diversity and inclusion in sport and physical activity.
In honor of Veterans Day, we share with you the profile of Grant Tays, a former Marine and current doctoral student working in the Neuromotor Behavior Laboratory in the Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology.
Thank you to Grant Tays and all who have served.
On National First-Generation College Day, we celebrate the determination, resilience and accomplishments of those who are the first in their families to pursue higher education.
Join us in celebrating our first-generation students and learn more about their achievements. Read about two first-generation college students in the College of Health & Human Performance and hear their advice.
This fall, the college hosted its first AI Day as part of UF AI Days. The event explored the intersections of artificial intelligence, industry and the college's diverse disciplines. More than 130 community members listened to an expert panel session and keynote presentation, and participated in a generative AI student competition, research poster session and networking event.
For the third year in a row, faculty and staff in the College of Health & Human Performance met its goal achieving a 35% pledge rate and by collectively raising more than $15,000.
University of Florida faculty conducted a record $1.25 billion in research in fiscal year 2023, a nearly 15% increase over 2022. UF’s College of Health & Human Performance’s contribution was a record $12.6 million, a nearly 25% increase over 2022.
The college hosted more than 300 alumni and friends for a homecoming tailgate ahead of the football game on Saturday, October 7.
Thank you to all of the HHP Gators who were able to join us.
This year, the University of Florida College of Health & Human Performance will host four celebrations recognizing senior faculty and their endowed appointments, three of which will be conferred to faculty during the ceremony.
The ceremonies are rooted in academe and mark a significant milestone in the career of the accomplished scholar. All are invited to attend.
Kyriaki Kaplanidou, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Sport Management, has been honored as a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology. The academy honors individuals who have contributed significantly to the study of and application of the art and science of human movement and physical activity.
Nominations are open for Teacher of the Year, Adviser of the Year, Outstanding Young Alumni, Alumni Hall of Fame and the B.K. Stevens Award. Consider nominating a member of the UFHHP community today!
A global, multidisciplinary team of bioethicists, health policy experts, commercial spaceflight professionals and space health researchers, including Rachael Seidler, Ph.D., professor in applied physiology and kinesiology, has developed guiding principles and best practices to help ensure human research conducted in space is safe and inclusive.
This fall, the University of Florida College of Health & Human Performance celebrated a record enrollment of 3,000 students – a 20 percent increase from five years ago. Additionally, the college welcomed four new faculty bringing the total number of faculty to 77.
From muscle loss to radiation exposure, space can take a toll on astronauts. Researchers like Rachael Seidler, Ph.D., professor in applied physiology and kinesiology, are on a mission to protect our space pioneers before they journey to Mars.
Orlando Laitano, Ph.D., (pictured left) assistant professor in applied physiology and kinesiology, and Gemma Casadesus, Ph.D., professor from the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, have been awarded a substantial 3-year research grant of $1.8 million by the Department of Defense (DoD). This grant will support their groundbreaking research focused on unraveling the intricate interplay of ovarian hormones in exertional heat stroke pathophysiology.
On Sept. 27, students and employers will take to the courts to discover and discuss internship and career opportunities. HHP’s Internship and Job Fair will be held in the Florida Gym from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Barbie Pressly Tilman (BSR '00) is the president of the University of Florida Alumni Association (UFAA), fostering alumni connections and inspiring current and future students.
Demetra Christou, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology, has received a two-year $419,000 grant from the National Institute on Aging to investigate the effectiveness of two exercise regimens in reducing the risk for cardiovascular disease in breast cancer survivors.
Amy Mobley, Ph,D., a nutrition educator and registered dietitian, has been honored with the 2023 Mid-Career Professional Achievement Award by the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB). This prestigious recognition celebrates her contributions to nutrition education and behavior change, positively impacting public health globally.
Congratulations to Zheng Wang, Ph.D., assistant professor in applied physiology & kinesiology, for being recognized with the 2023 Excellence Award for Assistant Professors — one of the university’s top awards for tenure-track faculty members.
Join us on Saturday, October 7 for a special college-wide tailgate. We promise food, photos, games and fun!
Bring your family and RSVP by September 23.
This summer, 12 faculty members earned promotions.
Congratulations to JeeWon Cheong, Ph.D., Leonardo Ferreira, Ph.D., Kristina Garcia-Guettler, Ph.D., Jinwon Kim, Ph.D., Diba Mani, Ph.D., Megan McVay, Ph.D., Terence Ryan, Ph.D., Svetlana Stepchenkova, Ph.D., Alyssa Tavormina, Ph.D., Brady Tripp, Ph.D., Patricia Tripp, Ph.D., and Christine Wegner, Ph.D.
Imagine an NBA game played outdoors. In August. In Phoenix. Tip-off is at noon. There are no timeouts. There is no halftime. There are no substitutions. And players must wear snowsuits, gloves, and ski masks. Sounds ridiculous, right?
Yet race car drivers routinely compete under similar conditions.
Congratulations to Christine Wegner, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Coaching Excellence and instructional assistant professor in sport management, for being named a North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) Research Fellow.
Fellow status honors achievements in sport-related scholarship disseminated through the society.
The findings of a new study that looked at how the human brain changes during spaceflight could provide valuable guidance for future space exploration planning.
“We found that the more time people spent in space, the larger their ventricles became,” said Rachael Seidler, Ph.D., a professor of applied physiology and kinesiology and an author of the study. “Many astronauts travel to space more than one time, and our study shows it takes about three years between flights for the ventricles to fully recover.”
Florida is known for its great weather and beautiful beaches, but why are people really flocking to the sunshine state? A University of Florida survey, led by Rachel J.C. Fu, Ph.D., director at the Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute and chair of the Department of Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management, examined the various factors involved in visitor decision-making and found that social media plays a huge role in why people visit Florida.
Celebrating nearly 40 years of service, the College of Health & Human Performance wishes Doug DeMichele, Ed.D., instructional professor in sport management, a happy retirement. Dr. DeMichele retired this spring.
UF-Northwestern research team, including Drs. David Vaillancourt and Bradley J. Wilkes in the Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology, reports pegboard test could provide objective marker of Parkinson’s motor symptom changes.
Thank you, Gators! With the support of generous donors, this spring we awarded more than 100 scholarships to deserving students. On April 28, we celebrated this community of scholars and donors over lunch with special guests Albert and Alberta.
Christine Wegner, Ph.D., has been named as incoming director of the Institute for Coaching Excellence, effective May 16. The institute was founded in 2022 by outgoing director Michael Sagas, Ed.D., professor of sport management.
Dr. Sagas will be departing UF to serve as dean of the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management at the University of South Carolina.
Over Commencement weekend this spring, the college celebrated candidates earning 10 doctoral, 149 master's and 399 bachelor's degrees.
Congratulations to the Class of 2023!
On April 28, the University of Florida College of Health & Human Performance recognized 19 alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends making an impact within The Gator Nation and beyond.
These honorees are a source of inspiration and pride.
Michael Fitzgerald has been named the inaugural Director of Career Development and Global Engagement for the College of Health and Human Performance. His term begins on May 5. This role reflects the college’s commitment to increasing career readiness for students and enhancing faculty and student engagement with the world.
HHP is proud to join The Gator Nation for in championing the Gator Good!
At HHP, we’re advancing the way we live, work and play by promoting healthy living, training the next generation, enhancing physical performance and enriching lives.
Over commencement weekend this spring, the college will celebrate 10 doctoral graduates, 91 master's and 332 bachelor's degree recipients.
HHP master's and bachelor's degree recipients and guests will hear addresses by Steve Mesler, BSESS '00, three-time Olympian, World Champion and co-founder of Classroom Champions, and Alexis Halstead, a graduating senior leader in applied physiology and kinesiology aspiring to be a physical therapist.
WrestleMania 39 became the highest-grossing and most successful event in the history of World Wrestling Entertainment, with more than 500 million views in two days. Kyriaki (Kiki) Kaplanidou, Ph.D., professor in sport management, co-authored a piece last year on the WWE.
From all of us in the College of Health & Human Performance – thank you to our graduate students. You are a critical part of our college and we are grateful for everything you do.
Learn about activities happening throughout the week of April 3.
Michael Reid, Ph.D., dean of the College of Health & Human Performance and professor in applied physiology & kinesiology, was awarded the honor award at the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine in February.
The 2023 D.K. Stanley Day Committee and the College of Health & Human Performance welcomed the university and greater community to a special lecture, lunch and poster symposium in celebration of our first dean and the college's commitment to enhancing the quality of life.
The day kicked off with the lecture from UF Alumna Chynna Clayton, BSR ’10, BA ’10, CEO and founder of Matriarch Made Development and former director of travel and event operations for Michelle Obama.
Congratulations to our newest Gators! The College of Health & Human Performance (HHP) gives you an education unlike anywhere else. Here, you have the opportunity to study, explore and make a profound difference in people’s lives. We empower students with the tools, knowledge and confidence to fulfill their dreams and become remarkable assets to their communities.
At HHP, you will gain more than just an education – we are confident you will also find a home.
Russell Gaither, MS APK ’22, is a performance specialist with Orlando City Soccer Club where he has helped players develop in performance nutrition, mental skills, and strength and conditioning.
The fifth “Stand-Up and Holler: Gator Nation Giving Day” was held on Thursday, February 16. On this day, Gators from around the world donated to various causes across UF and in support of the College of Health & Human Performance.
This Gator is hailed as the Father of Sports Massage. Growing up Black in the Jim Crow South prepared him to be the leader and innovator he is today.
For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked University of Florida as the top institution in the country to offer an online bachelor’s degree. The rankings organization also named UF as the country’s No. 1 university for veterans and active-duty service members to earn an online bachelor’s degree.
The College of Health & Human Performance is proud to announce the 2023 Teacher of the Year and Doctoral Dissertation Mentoring Award.
Finally taking that holiday trip you’ve waited all year to enjoy? As the tourism industry continues its comeback, there are a few things you should consider.
On December 5, the College of Health and Human Performance hosted its second Transparency event, an informational and resource-driven panel discussion and community expo.
The 2022 event focused on exploring transgender policy in sport.
Newly published study work shows that managers are likely to express bias, particularly in implicit forms.
This fall, the College of Health and Human Performance welcomed new tenure track and teaching-track faculty to the college, and several new staff members and position changes within the college.
For the second year in a row, UF is listed as one of the top five public research universities in the nation, according to the 2023 Best Colleges rankings released yesterday by U.S. News & World Report. The No. 5 recognition reaffirms UF’s status as an academic powerhouse in research, innovation, educational excellence, student outcomes and technology transfer.
At the College of Health & Human Performance, we’re advancing the way we live, work and play by promoting healthy living, training the next generation, enhancing physical performance and enriching lives.
We strive to incorporate UF's Core Values into everything we do all while advancing critical research in human wellness, equipping students for their field and future, and translating academic findings to improve lives.