Health & Wellness Experts

Dixie Thompson

Vice Provost, Dean of the Graduate School, Professor of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies

Dixie Thompson is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and of the National Academy of Kinesiology, as well as a past president of the Southeast Chapter of ACSM and a former associate editor-in-chief for ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal.


Hollie Raynor

Professor of Nutrition

Hollie Raynor conducts research in lifestyle interventions for pediatric and adult weight management.


Robin Hardin

Professor of Sport Management

Robin Hardin is a professor in the sport management program specializing in intercollegiate athletics and sport communication. His primary focus is the area of consumer behavior in intercollegiate athletics and the holistic care of student-athletes.


Jeffrey T. Fairbrother

Director of Motor Behavior Laboratory, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies

Jeff Fairbrother is the director of the university’s Motor Behavior Lab. His research examines factors that influence motor performance and learning, and the nature of skilled movements


Dawn Coe

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies

Dawn Coe is an assistant professor of kinesiology, recreation, and sport studies. Her research focuses primarily on pediatric exercise physiology.


David Bassett

Director of the Applied Physiology Laboratory, Professor of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies

David Bassett is an expert in physical activity and energy expenditure and was among the first to demonstrate that certain pedometers could be valid and reliable research tools, thus providing a way for researchers to objectively document the activity levels of individuals.


Tami Wyatt

Associate Professor of Nursing, Director of Graduate Studies, Co-director of Health Information Technology and Simulation Lab

Tami Wyatt’s research lies in education technology, childhood chronic illness, simulation, and health information technology.


Peggy Pierce

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Chair of Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Peggy Pierce teaches the concept of holistic treatment, which includes complementary and alternative medical therapies. She is an expert in the use of digital technologies to deliver medical care, health education, and public health services.


Carole Myers

Associate Professor, Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy Fellow

Carole Myers’s research focuses on policymaking and health services with an emphasis on public health programs, access to services, disparities, and program evaluation.


Sandy Mixer

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Sandy Mixer is an expert in cultural and end-of-life issues, care for vulnerable populations, and culture care theory.