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
Office: 120 PEB
Phone: (509) 335-7605
Jordana Dahmen is currently a senior undergraduate lab researcher doing work with the Accuracy & Reliability of Physical Activity Monitors During Pregnancy Study in the Exercise Physiology and Performance Laboratory. She also does research in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at WSU looking at how wearable technology can detect physical activity behavior changes. While she has found a passion with research she also works as an Undergraduate Research Peer Mentor, is a co-chair of the Broadening Participation in Computing club, founder and president of the Undergraduate Research Club at WSU, and an assistant supervisor at WSU Testing Services. Aspirations academically is attend graduate school to earn a PhD in Kinesiology with a concentration in biomechanics. She then hopes to become a research professor and work with a professional sports teams to research injury prevention.
Office: Smith Gym 70
Phone: (509) 335-9658
Major: Biology (Senior)