Dr. Connolly’s research focuses broadly on physical activity during pregnancy and the postpartum period. His recent work is interdisciplinary and has drawn from health communication and sports psychology theory to examine some of the factors which may impede or enable pregnant women’s leisure-time physical activity behavior. These include risk perceptions, efficacy beliefs, social support, pregnancy-induced nausea, and interactions with prenatal healthcare providers. Future research will continue to examine influences of pregnancy physical activity and will focus on the impact of past experiences (both positive and adverse) on efficacy beliefs, risk perceptions, and perceived difficulty of various modalities and intensities of activity. Additionally, Dr. Connolly’s future research will examine the impact of pregnancy physical activity behavior on postpartum exercise performance and occupational success. Dr. Connolly’s second research agenda involves the assessment of fitness levels and capacities among intercollegiate athletes. More specifically, his interest lies in evaluating the physiological effects of specific training programs at various time points in the athletic season and the application of that data to improve performance during intercollegiate competition. Dr. Connolly is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and is active at both the regional and national levels.
Ph.D. Michigan State University
M.S. The University of Tennessee
B.S. Brigham Young University
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Emma is a junior undergraduate student studying Kinesiology. She joined the Exercise Physiology & Performance Laboratory (EPPL) In September 2015 and started working on the lab’s Exercise and Prospective Memory study in January 2016. Emma joined the Lab’s leadership team as the Research Coordinator in Fall 2017. This position entails managing the needs of Project Coordinators, reporting directly to the Lab Director on new developments in research, organizing research and lab schedules and managing lab documentation. Emma has aspirations of attending Grad School after graduation in May 2019 and eventually becoming a professor. Her research interests focus on exercise psychology with a possible emphasis on motivation in sport.
Abbey is a senior studying Civil Engineering and Pre-Medicine. She joined the Exercise Physiology & Performance Lab (EPPL) in August 2017 working with lab testing. In January, she joined the Lab’s leadership team as the Logistics Coordinator. This position entails managing lab activities such as all lab testings, meetings, and other happenings, as well as organizing staff scheduling, training, and operations. Abbey has aspirations of attending Medical School after graduation in May 2019 and becoming a physician. She is interested in pursuing Internal Medicine with a possible Fellowship in Sports Medicine.
Major: Civil Engineering and PreMedicine
ATHLETIC TESTING COORDINATOR
Bryce is a junior studying Kinesiology at WSU. He joined the lab in the fall of 2016 and has since been appointed the Athletic Testing Coordinator. He is responsible for running numerous testing protocols including discontinuous and continuous graded exercise testing, along with administering body composition testing of many forms. Bryce is also currently an undergraduate research assistant on the PRESS study and has previously assisted with the Prospective Memory study. Bryce will be graduating in the summer of 2019, and after that plans to attend medical school with hopes of becoming a pediatric sports medicine doctor.
PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER (INTERN)
Tamara is a Senior undergraduate student studying psychology and kinesiology. As Public Relations Manager, she manages the laboratory’s social media pages and is currently in the process of updating the official EPPL website. Tamara is also the Co-Project Coordinator for the Pregnancy, Health, and Motherhood Study. In addition to her work in the EPPL, Tamara is a project coordinator for the Gartstein Infant Temperament Laboratory at WSU. After graduating from Washington State University in May, she intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology and become a lifelong academic. Her research interests include the role of health behaviors like exercise, diet, and sleep on aspects psychological development.
Major: Kinesiology and Psychology
EXERCISE IS MEDICINE COORDINATOR (INTERN)
Ariel is a senior undergraduate student studying kinesiology. She joined the Exercise Physiology & Performance laboratory (EPPL) in the Spring of 2015. Ariel is currently a full-time Intern in the EPPL, as such, she coordinates the Exercise is Medicince on-campus initiative. She has planed numerous exercise outreach events, including the 2018 wellness fair. Someday Ariel hopes to attain a Ph.D. in Public Health. To learn more about Exercise is medicine visit hub.wsu.edu/eim
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