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The Human Movement Program has five full-time professors that are dedicated to instruction as well as several adjunct faculty. Our faculty and adjuncts offer experience, knowledge and training to the classroom in order to maximize our student’s educational experience and empower them to utilize this education throughout their careers.

Tracie Rogers, Ph.D,
HM Program Director, Associate Professor
Dr.  Rogers has a combination of academic and applied experience in the exercise field.  Tracie received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Arizona and went on to earn her Ph.D. in Kinesiology, with a focus on sport and exercise psychology, from Arizona State University, in 2003.  Tracie is a consultant and faculty member for the American Council on Exercise where she creates courses and serves as a subject matter expert for curriculum development and continued education.  Tracie speaks nationally to fitness professionals and writes extensively on the role of the personal trainer in triggering lasting behavior change and on the creation of exercise environments that promote long term adherence.  In addition, Tracie works with athletes and teams, helping them realize the control they have over their athletic experience and performance.  Tracie is passionate about getting people moving and helping them incorporate physical activity into their daily lives.  Tracie and her husband, Brad, are the owners of a personal training facility in Phoenix, AZ, where she has been able create an exercise environment and programming that promotes behavior change and adherence. In all of her activities, Tracie thrives on educating fitness professionals on how to make a difference in the lives of their clients and on the importance of their role in promoting physical activity.

Matthew Rhea, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor
Dr. Rhea earned a PhD at Arizona State University (2004) and has received international recognition for his research in enhancement of sport and occupational performance. He was invited to present at the International Olympic Committee’s World Congress on Sports Science in Athens, Greece just prior to the 2004 summer Olympics and at the International Conference on Strength Training in Odense, Denmark (2006). Dr. Rhea was awarded the Outstanding Young Investigator from the NSCA in 2008. He has published research in the leading journals in the field of exercise science and sports conditioning and works closely with our top organizations to further knowledge, understanding, and applications of exercise related benefits. His current research interests involve examining methods for enhancing performance and preventing sports- and occupational-related injuries. Dr. Rhea has an impressive professional background, working as a coach, strength and conditioning coach, and personal trainer for 10 years. He has worked with college strength and conditioning programs for the golf, football, basketball, and baseball teams and has consulted various elite sports organizations regarding advanced conditioning.

Jack Daniels, PhD.
Associate Professor
Dr. Daniels brings with him a very unique background in both sport and exercise science. Daniels is a winner of silver and bronze Olympic medals in the modern pentathlon (Melbourne, 1956; Rome, 1960). He has coached 30 NCAA national individual champions, 8 NCAA national team champions, 130 All-American collegiate athletes, and numerous elite male and female marathon runners including an Olympic silver medalists. In NCAA competition, Daniels was named “Women’s Cross-Country Coach of the Century” and is a two-time recipient of the National Coach of the Year. In the mid-1990’s he was labeled the “World’s Best Running Coach” by Runner’s World. He is the author of Daniel's Running Formula published by Human Kinetics, and more than 50 articles and research studies involving elite athletes.

Kellie Bliven, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dr. Kellie C. Huxel Bliven, is an associate professor in the Human Movement Program at ATSU.  Dr. Bliven also teaches seminar and upper extremity orthopedic courses and is involved in thesis advising within the Athletic Training Program.  Prior to her current position, Dr. Bliven taught Anatomy within ASHS for residential programs and was on the faculty in the Athletic Training Department at Indiana State University.  Dr. Bliven’s research agenda focuses on dynamic restraint of the shoulder, shoulder adaptations and injuries due to overhead activities, upper extremity muscle activation during rehabilitation exercises, and clinical outcomes in overhead athletes. She serves as the Vice-Chair of ATSU’s Institutional Review Board – Arizona the associate editor for the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, Chair of the Research Committee for the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists, is a member of the BOC’s exam development committee, and is a reviewer for various peer-review journals. Dr. Bliven received her B.A. degree in biology and physical education from Denison University in Granville, OH; M.S. degree in kinesiology from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN; and Ph.D. degree in kinesiology from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. 

Sarah Johnston, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Sarah joined the faculty at A. T. Still University as an Assistant Professor of Human Movement in September, 2011. Her teaching emphases are the physiological adaptations to exercise, evidence-based practice in sport, and research methods.
Dr. Johnston graduated with a PhD in Kinesiology from Arizona State University. Her dissertation research, conducted in the Center for Metabolic Biology, focused on the molecular mechanisms responsible for insulin resistance and type II diabetes. Dr. Johnston has studied the effects of an infusion of branched chain amino acids in human subjects on insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle. Her current research interests focus on bioenergetics testing methodology and the effect of aging on exercise performance.
In addition to graduate and undergraduate teaching and research, Johnston works with equestrian athletes of all levels. Previously from Oregon, but now a resident of Arizona, she is thankful for the many athletic opportunities available year-round in the Valley of the Sun. 

Adjunct Faculty

Derek Bunker, MS, Adjunct Faculty
Jeff Blair, MS, JD, Adjunct Faculty
Mike Favre, MEd, Adjunct Faculty
Scott Gaines, MS, Adjunct Faculty
Mark Peterson, PhD, Adjunct Faculty
Meredith Hale-Griffin, MS, Adjunct Faculty
Tracy Hultgren, MS, Adjunct faculty
Kregg Lunt, MPT, Adjunct Faculty
Drew Massey, MS, Adjunct Faculty
Linda Miller, MS, Adjunct Faculty

Support Staff

Darin Jensen, MBA
Senior Program Manager

 Danielle Green, MS, CSCS
Academic Support Counselor