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Oklahoma State University

Health and Human Performance Faculty

Dr. Timothy Baghurst

Assistant Professor, Health and Human Performance
Coordinator, Coaching Science minor

B.Sc. (Hons) - Sports Science – University of Chichester, England
M.Sc. - Sport and Exercise Psychology – University of Bangor, Wales
PGCE - Teaching – University of Bangor, Wales
M.S. - Kinesiology – Midwestern State University
Ph.D. - Pedagogy of Physical Education – University of Arkansas

Research Interests: Modeling health in health professions, Body image, Ethics in sport

Contact Information:

Dr. Timothy Baghurst, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor, Health and Human Performance
Coordinator, Coaching Science minor
Department of Health and Human Performance
Oklahoma State University
184 Colvin Recreation Center
Stillwater, OK 74075
(405) 744-4346
tim.baghurst@okstate.edu

Dr. Jason M. DeFreitas

Assistant 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

Associate Dean for Research, Engagement and Administration
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 

Contact Information:

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

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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

Dr. Aric Warren

Associate Professor
School Head

B.S. – University of Nebraska-Kearney
M.S. – Michigan State University
Ed.D. – DePaul University

Research Interests: Evidence-based practice and patient-oriented outcomes of manual therapies in the treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunction and muscle function characteristics in response to stretching.

Contact Information:

Dr. Aric Warren
Associate Professor
School Head – SAHEP
Department of Health and Human Performance
Oklahoma State University
197 Colvin Recreation Center
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-6040
aric.warren@okstate.edu