Exercise and Sport Science

Faculty and Staff

Gregg Wilson

Dr. Gregg Wilson

Department Chair/Exercise & Sports Science
Graves Hall 218
812-488-2847

Dr. Gregory Wilson is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, whose research interests range from overtraining and staleness in athletes to health behaviors| of college students. He is the author/co-author of thirteen book chapters and has served as the editor for two different textbooks. Dr. Wilson has received several awards for teaching at UE, including the Dean’s Teaching Award, Chi Omega Outstanding Teaching Award and the Exemplary Teaching Award given by the General Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church. He received both his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Indiana University. Dr. Wilson has a wife and two children.

Kathy Liu

Dr. Kathy Liu

Assistant Professor/Exercise & Sports Science
812-488-2284

Kathy Liu joined the Department of Exercise and Sport Science in 2012. She teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology. Dr. Liu received her PhD from the University of Delaware in Biomechanics and Movement Sciences, her Master’s degree from the |University of Northern Colorado in Biomechanics and her Bachelor’s degree from Washburn University in Athletic Training. Her research interests include chronic ankle instability, injury prevention of the lower extremities, and musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging in a sports medicine setting.

Laura McDonald

Dr. Laura McDonald


Laura M. McDonald, MS, ATC is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise & Sport Science at the University of Evansville where she also serves as Clinical Education Coordinator for the Athletic Training Education Program. Laura received| a BS in Athletic Training from Canisius College, a MS in Exercise Science with a concentration in Biomechanics from the University of Delaware, and will receive her doctoral degree this fall in Biomechanics and Movement Science also from the University of Delaware. Her current teaching responsibilities include introductory courses in Exercise Science and Athletic Training, Upper and Lower Evaluation, Administration of Athletic Training, and Biomechanics. Laura's research centers around movement variability in the upper extremity during sport, particularly softball pitching, and implications for overuse injury.

Michael Newhouse-Bailey

Dr. Michael Newhouse-Bailey

Assistant Professor/Exercise & Sports Science
812-488-2288

Michael Newhouse-Bailey began his career in intercollegiate athletics as an sports information and marketing intern here at the University of Evansville in 2004. He then went on to serve as a communications assistant at Stony Brook where he produced a| television show for the department and served as the primary media contact for volleyball, baseball, women's basketball and men's lacrosse. He was promoted to interim director of athletic communications in 2006 before returning to the University of Texas at Austin for his doctoral work. His research interest is the impact sport has on the family and he currently resides in Evansville with his wife Megan and his two children Henry and Zelda.

Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi

Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi

Assistant Professor/Exercise & Sports Science
812-488-2210

Dr. Patel-Dovlatabadi is Assistant Professor and Director of the Public Health Program. Dr. Patel-Dovlatabadi's research interests include health policy, lifestyle factors and chronic disease prevention, mental health|, and disaster preparedness on both the national and international levels Dr. Patel-Dovlatabadi holds a strong passion for public health and teaching the multidisciplinary aspects of the field to students. She teaches Introduction to Public Health, Global Health Issues, and Epidemiology. She holds a DrPH in public health management, an MPH in health care organization & policy, an MBA in health care management, and a B.S. in psychology all from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Donald Rodd

Dr. Donald Rodd

Professor Exercise Sport Science/Physical Therapy
Graves Hall 221
812-488-1026

Don Rodd graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Medical Technology (now called Clinical Laboratory Science) and worked in hospital settings for many years and was a director of a private laboratory in Troy, NY.|He went on to receive a Master's degree from Marquette University in Physiology with a concentration in Neurophysiology. His PhD is from Penn State University in Physiology with a concentration in Exercise and Nutrition. Upon graduation from Penn State, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Biochemistry and at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Biochemistry. His research started in the neural control of metabolism and has evolved to include different areas of Exercise Physiology and has mentored several students in undergraduate research. He resides in Evansville with his wife and two children.

Jeff Tilly

Mr. Jeff Tilly

Assistant Professor/Exercise & Sports Science
Graves Hall 217
812-488-1054

Jeff has been the undergraduate athletic training education program director since 2003. Responsibilities include the day to day management of the undergraduate major in athletic trainer and maintaining standards set by the Commission on Accreditation of| Athletic Training Education. Prior to that, he served as an assistant athletic trainer for UE’s men’s and women’s soccer program as well as the men’s basketball team from 1996 – 2002 at UE. Jeff holds a master of exercise and sport science from the University of Florida and an undergraduate degree in kinesiology from Indiana University.

Terry Collins

Mr. Terry Collins

Athletics Trainer/Instructor of Physical Education
Carson Center 131
812-488-2375

Terry is a Certified Athletic Trainer and a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association. He is state licensed as an Athletic Trainer in the State of Indiana and a member of the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association. He was a member of the host| committee for District 4 of the NATA spring convention when Evansville was the hosting city. He has presented at the NATA National Convention and Symposia. Terry is a 1982 graduate of the University of Evansville and has been at UE as an ATC since 1987.

Troy Coppus

Mr. Troy Coppus

Assistant Trainer
Carson Center 131
812-488-2202

Troy begins his sixth year at the University of Evansville in 2012-13. He is an instructor in the EXSS department and Assistant Athletic Trainer in the Athletic Department. In his role as an instructor, he teaches courses and is a preceptor| in the Athletic Training Education Program, and teaches CPR/AED and First Aid courses. His clinical responsibilities as Assistant Athletic Trainer include women's soccer, men's basketball, and women's tennis. Prior to UE, Troy spent one year as Assistant Athletic Trainer/Instructor at the University of North Carolina Asheville. While there, he served as the staff athletic trainer for women's soccer, men's basketball, and men's tennis. He served as an instructor in the Health & Wellness Promotion department at UNCA, and functioned as an Approved Clinical Instructor for Western Carolina University's ATEP. Troy earned his Master of Science in Sport Studies in May 2006 from High Point University in High Point, North Carolina. While obtaining his Master's degree, he was a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, assisting in coverage of all 16 sports at High Point University. He was a guest lecturer in multiple Exercise & Sport Science department courses, as well as an instructor for a Physical Education course. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training in May 2004 from Ohio Northern University in Ada, OH. He has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since June 2004, and a certified NSCA Strength & Conditioning Specialist since December 2004.

Jennifer Kelley

Mrs. Jennifer Kelley

Adjunct/Exercise & Sports Science
812-488-2289

Jennifer Kelley, PT is a University of Evansville graduate with a Physical Therapy degree. Her teaching experience began in the PT department as a lab assistant. She is currently the primary lab instructor the entry level Anatomy and Physiology| courses in the EXSS Department. Jennifer also continues to practice as a therapist in acute care setting at St Mary's Medical Center. She is able to treat patients with varying orthopedic and neurologic disorders.

Christina Schmidgall

Ms. Christina Schmidgall

Assistant Trainer
812-488-2640

Staff

Mrs. Pamela Young

Mrs. Pamela Young

Administrative Assistant/EXSS
py2@evansville.edu
Graves Hall 219
812-488-2848