The faculty of the SMRI is comprised of experts with backgrounds in athletic training, physical therapy, orthopaedic and pulmonary medicine, exercise physiology, epidemiology, nutrition, concussion, biomechanics, and bioengineering.

Office of the Dean

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Scott Lephart, PhDDean, Professor, Endowed Chair of Orthopaedic Research (University of Kentucky)

Athletic Training

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Nick Heebner, PhD, ATCAssistant Professor, Associate Director for Research, Sports Medicine Research Institute
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Matt Hoch, PhD, ATCAssociate Professor

Sports Medicine Research Institute

Dee Dlugonski, PhD's picture
Dee Dlugonski, PhDAssistant Professor
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Kelly CaliaAdministrative Support Associate
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Alexa JohnsonDoctoral Student
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Carolina QuintanaDoctoral Student
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Reiley BerginDoctoral Student
Jeremy Ross, B.S., M.Ed., CSCS's picture
Jeremy Ross, B.S., M.Ed., CSCSAssistant Professor

Research Faculty, Staff and Post-Docs

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Joshua Winters, PhD, CSCSAssistant Professor
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Scott Royer, MS, ACSM EP-CAssistant Professor
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Michaela Keener, MSResearch Administrative Coordinator

Associate Faculty

College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

  • James MacLeod, VMD, PhD

College of Education

  • Mark Abel, PhD
  • Ben Johnson, EdD
  • Robert Shapiro, PhD, FACSM

College of Engineering

  • Babak Bazrgari, PhD

College of Health Sciences

  • W. Scott Black, MD, MS
  • Timothy Butterfield, PhD, ATC
  • Ming-Yuan Chih, PhD, MHA
  • Esther Dupont-Versteegden, PhD
  • Phillip Gribble, PhD, ATC, FNATA
  • Johanna Hoch, PhD, ATC
  • Nathan Johnson, PT, DPT, PhD
  • Patrick Kitzman, PhD, MSPT
  • Carl Mattacola, PhD, ATC, FNATA
  • Brian Noehren, PT, PhD, FACSM
  • Charlotte Peterson, PhD
  • D. Travis Thomas, PhD, RD, CSSD
  • Timothy Uhl, PhD, ATC, PT, FNATA

College of Medicine

  • Jose Abisambra, PhD
  • Jody Clasey, PhD, FACSM
  • Stephen Duncan, MD
  • James Geddes, PhD
  • Dong (Dan) Han, PsyD
  • Carolyn M. Hettrich, MD
  • Robert Hosey, MD
  • Mary Lloyd Ireland, MD
  • Henry Iwinski, MD
  • Cale Jacobs, PhD, ATC
  • Darren Johnson, MD
  • Scott Mair, MD
  • Susan McDowell, MD
  • Eric Moghadamian, MD
  • Peter Morris, MD
  • Caitlin Whale-Conley, PhD, ATC

College of Nursing

  • Deborah Reed, MSPH, PhD, RN, FAAOHN, FAAN

College of Public Health

  • Glen Mays, PhD, MPH
  • Wayne Sanderson, PhD, MS

UK Athletics

  • Jim Madaleno, MS, ATC
  • Chris Morris, PhD