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Oklahoma State University

Health and Human Performance Faculty

Dr. J. Jay Dawes

Assistant Professor, Applied Exercise Science

B.S. –   Business Administration - University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
M.S. –  Health, Leisure and Physical Education -  Oklahoma State University
Ph.D. – Health, Leisure, and Human Performance - Oklahoma State University

Research Interests: Tactical Strength and Conditioning for First Responders and Military Personnel, Strength and Conditioning for Sports Performance, Sports Science

Contact Information:

Dr. J. Jay Dawes
Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Human Performance
Oklahoma State University
183 Colvin Recreation Center
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-3209
jay.dawes@okstate.edu

Dr. Jason M. DeFreitas

Associate Professor, Exercise Physiology

B.S. – Exercise Science - University of Connecticut
M.S. – Exercise Physiology - University of Oklahoma
Ph.D. – Exercise Physiology - University of Oklahoma

Research Interests: Non-invasive assessment of neuromuscular function, Motor unit behavior in humans, Neural adaptions to strength training, Proprioception, and its effects on motor function, Motor deficits related to aging or disease

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Dr. Jason DeFreitas, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Human Performance
Oklahoma State University
188 Colvin Recreation Center
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-9935
jason.defreitas@okstate.edu

Dr. Patricia Hughes

Associate Professor of Physical Education Teacher Education, Program Coordinator

B.S. - Deaf Education - Texas Christian University
M.S. - Kinesiology - Texas Woman’s University
Ph.D. - Kinesiology - Texas Woman’s University

Research Interests: bullying, sexual assault, and relationship violence, psychometrics

Contact Information:

Associate Professor
Physical Education Coordinator
Health and Human Performance
Oklahoma State University
185 Colvin Recreation Center
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone:  405-744-9331
Fax:   405-744-6507
trish.hughes@okstate.edu

Dr. Bert Jacobson

Regents Professor, Seretean Endowed Professor, Health and Human Performance

Research Interests: Ergogenic aids, Muscle strength and endurance, Exercise testing, Fall Prevention

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Dr. Bert H. Jacobson, Ph.D.
Regents Professor
Seretean Endowed Professor
Department of Health and Human Performance
Oklahoma State University
180 Colvin Center
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-2025
bert.jacobson@okstate.edu

Dr. Nathaniel D.M. Jenkins

Assistant Professor
Exercise Physiology

B.S. – Exercise Physiology, Messiah College
M.S. – Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, University of Nebraska
Ph.D. – Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, University of Nebraska

Research Interests: Non-invasive assessment of neuromuscular function and motor unit behavior, acute and chronic neuromuscular responses to resistance training, the effects of age on neuromuscular function, and the effects of nutrition and dietary supplementation on health and human performance across the age-span 

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Dr. Nathaniel D.M. Jenkins, Ph.D., CSCS, *D, NSCA-CPT, *D
Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Human Performance
Oklahoma State University
187 Colvin Recreation Center
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-9315
nathaniel.jenkins@okstate.edu

Melissa Jensen

Visiting Instructor
Physical Education

B.S. – Physical Education, Utah State University
M.S. – Kinesiology, Sacramento State University

Research Interests: Wearable technology and physical activity

Contact Information:

Melissa Jensen, M.S.
Visiting Instructor
Health and Human Performance
Oklahoma State University
189 Colvin Recreation Center
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-3924
meljens@okstate.edu

Dr. Douglas B. Smith

Professor, Exercise Physiology
Program Director for the Health and Human Performance Department
Graduate Coordinator for Health and Human Performance Department

B.S. – Exercise Science - University of Nebraska
M.S. – Exercise Physiology - University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Ph.D. – Exercise Physiology - University of Nebraska

Research Interests: Neuromuscular function, Performance changes following training interventions, Changes in neuromuscular function across the lifespan, Balance and fall prevention

Contact Information:

Dr. Doug Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Exercise Physiology
Program Director for the Health and Human Performance Department
Graduate Coordinator for Health and Human Performance Department
Department of Health and Human Performance
Oklahoma State University
199A Colvin Recreation Center
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405)744-5500
doug.smith@okstate.edu