April 23, 2014  

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School of Human Performance and Recreation Welcomes New Faculty Members

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The School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi welcomes five new faculty members to aid in its mission of graduating students who are highly competitive in a variety of health and sport related careers.

The new faculty will include:

*Dr. Christopher Brown – Athletic Training

Dr. Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training at Wingate University in 2004, a master’s degree in clinical exercise physiology at The George Washington University in 2006, and a doctoral degree in athletic training in 2013 from the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. His research focuses on pharmacotherapy in athletic training, therapeutic modalities, and nutritional ergogenic aids.

“I am pleased to have Dr. Brown join the Athletic Training faculty in August,” said Dr. Bill Holcomb, assistant professor and program director for the athletic training program. “Dr. Brown recently completed his Ph.D. but has gained significant experience as a preceptor, head athletic trainer, instructor and assistant professor over the last six years. His clinical experience and work with other athletic training programs has prepared him well for his new role as Clinical Education Coordinator with the Southern Miss Athletic Training Program.”

*Dr. David Dolbow – Kinesiotherapy

Dr. Dolbow earned a bachelor’s degree in human movement: kinesiotherapy from Boston University in 1978, a master’s of education degree in human movement: exercise science at Boston University in 1980, a doctoral degree in human performance: exercise science at Middle Tennessee State University in 2005, and a doctor of physical therapy in 2007 from Belmont University. His research focuses on the accelerated aging phenomenon after spinal cord injury and the benefits of activity based restorative therapies including functional electrical neuromuscular stimulation.

“Dr. Dolbow will be joining the Kinesiotherapy Program faculty in January 2014. He is a Registered Kinesiotherapist with numerous years of experience as a clinician and researcher in the VA Medical Center system as well as the private sector,” said Jerry Purvis, program director for Kinesiotherapy. “He is currently involved in a research project to investigate the potential for using functional electrical stimulation to facilitate motor recovery for persons with paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury. He plans to continue this research focus once he arrives on campus, and will be a tremendous asset to the Kinesiotherapy Program and the School of Human Performance and Recreation.”

*Dr. Robert Doan – Physical Education

Dr. Doan earned a bachelor’s degree in physical and health education from Grand Valley State University in 2006, a master’s degree in physical education at Winthrop University in 2010, and a doctoral degree in physical education in 2013 from the University of South Carolina. His research focuses on assessment, motor skills development, and teacher education.

“Dr. Doan will be a great addition to the physical education program. His interest in curriculum and assessment will be beneficial to our students,” said Dr. Nancy Speed, program director for physical education. “It is my hope that his enthusiasm for teaching and learning will be contagious and inspirational to our future physical educators.”

*Dr. Melanie Perrault – Sport Coaching Education

Dr. Perrault earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Florida in 2006, a master’s degree in educational psychology at Florida State University in 2009, and a doctoral degree in physical education in 2013 from the University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on motor skill learning in children and adolescents.

“The Sport Coaching Education program is excited to welcome Dr. Perrault. She is a recent graduate from the University of South Carolina and will be developing a line of research in motor learning within the sport environment,” said Dr. Melissa Murray, assistant professor and program director for Sport Coaching Education. “She will be a tremendous asset to our students, department, and school.”

*Helen Grant – Sport Coaching Education, Southern Miss Gulf Coast

Grant earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1980 and a master’s degree in physical education: coaching and sports administration emphasis in 1987 from Southern Miss.

“Helen Grant has been a member of the HPR faculty in a visiting role for two years, so we are excited that she will be joining us in a more permanent role as a full-time instructor on the Gulf Coast campus,” said Murray. “She has diverse experience in both coaching and administration, and will continue to use these experiences to help prepare our students.”

For more information about the School of Human Performance and Recreation and its programs, visit www.usm.edu/hpr.