Jessica Barrett

The research interests of Jessica Barrett, PhD, include work-life balance, burnout, and challenges facing women athletic trainers working in higher education as well as challenges for females practicing in the field of athletic training.  Dr. Barrett has engaged in several projects related to formal and informal mentoring aimed at qualitatively describing mentoring relationships.  Most recently, Dr. Barrett’s work has focused on the preparation of educators, role balancing in higher education, and challenges facing junior faculty. This work has additionally included an investigation of new faculty socialization particularly for clinicians from allied health care fields transitioning to positions in higher education. 

Current ongoing projects include: 1) investigating learning styles,  2) development of new mentoring programs for both faculty and students, and 3) athletic training and student mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jessica Barrett

Jessica Barrett

Collaborators

  • Stephanie Singe, University of Connecticut
  • Christianne Eason, University of Connecticut
  • Thomas Bowman, University of Lynchburg
  • Brianne F Kilbourne, Emory and Henry
  • Sara Nottingham, University of New Mexico

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Nicholas Coker

Nicholas Coker, PhD, conducts research investigating neuromuscular adaptations to eccentric exercise, muscle damage, and resistance training. He is primarily interested in how adaptations to motor unit recruitment strategies may influence resistance training and damage responses, and how these adaptive strategies may change over the lifespan. Past research projects include investigating relationships between the magnitude of motor unit adaptations and cross-transfer of damage protection, predictors of competitive performance in national-level powerlifters, and investigation of nutritional supplementation on exercise recovery and performance. Upcoming projects include investigation of changes in motor unit firing characteristics during eccentric and concentric fatigue as well as eccentric exercise damage and recovery. 

Nicholas Coker

Nicholas Coker

Collaborators

  • Adam Wells, PhD, University of Central Florida
  • David Fukuda, PhD, University of Central Florida
  • Matt Stock, PhD, University of Central Florida
  • Alyssa Varanoske, PhD, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine

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Jasmin Hutchinson

Jasmin Hutchinson, PhD, conducts research in the area of exercise behavior. Her primary interests involve perceptual and affective responses to exercise and psychological factors associated with habitual exercise behavior. Dr. Hutchinson has particular expertise in the influence of music during exercise and the psychology of endurance performance. Past research projects include the effects of music and music-video on affective responses to exercise, the influence of music on exercise recovery, and personality characteristics underlying affective responses to exercise. In 2018, Dr. Hutchinson was awarded Paper of the Year from the Society of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology for her work titled “The influence of self-selected music on affect-regulated exercise intensity and remembered pleasure during treadmill running.” She has also written several book chapters on the topic of perceived effort and exertion. 

Current and ongoing projects include: 1) Effects of subliminal priming in an exercise context, 2) Effects of prebiotic supplementation and exercise on cognition and mental wellbeing in pre-dialysis kidney patients, 3) Psychological responses to ramped resistance exercise, and 4) The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical activity and mental wellbeing.

Jasmin Hutchinson

Jasmin Hutchinson

Collaborators

  • Costas Karageorghis, PhD, Brunel University, London, UK
  • Leighton Jones, PhD, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
  • Zachary Zenko, PhD, California State University, Bakersfield, CA
  • Nicole Gabana, PhD, University of Massachusetts
  • Xanne Janssen, PhD, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
  • Sam Headley, PhD, Springfield College, MA

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Stephen Maris

The research interests of Stephen Maris, PhD, involve the study of the molecular and genetic underpinnings of performance and the treatment of chronic disease using exercise as an intervention tool, with a specific interest in alternative methods of exercise. Past research projects include the use of Tai Chi and resistance training programs on cardiovascular hemodynamics, physical function, muscle strength, and cardiorespiratory function. Other past studies include translational investigations into the genetic underpinnings of hypertension in animal models, clinical trials, and large data sets.

Current ongoing projects include: 1) the comparative acute cardiorespiratory responses to Tai Chi and walking, 2) the interaction between exercise habits and vascular responsiveness to Angiotensin II infusion, and 3) the interaction between genes of the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System on endurance performance and blood pressure response to exercise.

Stephen Maris

Stephen Maris

Collaborators

  • Jonathan Williams, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Gloria Yeh, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School
  • Peter Wayne, MD, OSHER Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Gordon Williams, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Gail Adler, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Samuel Headley, PhD, Springfield College

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Kathleen Mellano

The research interests of Kathleen Mellano, PhD, cohere around interpersonal relationships and motivation and well-being in sport with a particular interest in the influence of dyadic and group-level peer constructs in shaping the quality of youth athlete experiences. Past research projects include exploring the effect of peer relationship profiles on individual variability in how motivational climate perceptions relate to adaptive and maladaptive psychological outcomes as well as an examination of the association of coach and peer motivational climate perceptions with athlete engagement in youth sport. Other past studies include season-long and meta-analytic investigations into how social agents influence the athlete burnout experience.

Current ongoing projects include: 1) The moderating effect of provider on the relationship between social support and youth athletes’ motivational sport experiences, 2) An exploration of teamwork perceptions within on unique team structures, and 3) The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical activity and mental wellbeing.

Kathleen Mellano

Kathleen Mellano

Collaborators

  • Alan Smith, PhD, Michigan State University
  • Christine Pacewicz, PhD, Saginaw State University
  • Christopher Hill, PhD, California State University San Bernadino
  • Jasmin Hutchinson, PhD, Springfield College
  • Elizabeth Mullin, PhD, Springfield College

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Elizabeth Mullin

The research agenda of Elizabeth Mullin, PhD, examines issues around gender and sexual orientation in collegiate sport. Dr. Mullin has conducted a series of studies to examine the impact of heterosexist attitudes among athletes coaches on team cohesion, motivational climate, and performance among collegiate. Dr. Mullin has also developed and validated measures of heterosexist attitudes in sport. Current projects include examining: (1) the impact of coach sexual prejudice on inclusion and performance, (2) the relationships between heterosexist attitudes and athletic identity and gender role norms, (3) the competing identities of queer athlete, non-biological mothers. As a quantitative specialist, Dr. Mullin also collaborates with a number of faculty at Springfield College and other institutions in allied fields, such as nutrition, physical education, and health. Currently, she is collaborating with two departmental colleagues examining the impact of physical activity on mental well-being during the COVID-19 lockdown.  

Elizabeth Mullin

Elizabeth Mullin

Collaborators

  • Meghan Halbrook, PhD, Randolph College
  • Jennifer Waldron, PhD, University of Northern Iowa
  • James Leone, PhD, Bridgewater State College
  • Sarah Cook, PhD, Pacific University

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These are just a handful of our faculty that take part in research — the full list is available on the ESAT Faculty department page.