Speakers

Photo of Dr. Samuel Callaghan

Dr. Samuel Callaghan is currently employed as a Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning Sciences at St Mary’s University, London. He received his PhD from Edith Cowan University in Australia, investigating the mechanics of front leg loading during cricket fast bowling. During this time, Dr. Callaghan was also working within the high-performance department at the Western Australian Cricket Association, as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. He is currently an invited reviewer for international journals, has over 50 published research articles, on topics of athletic testing, strength and conditioning, and sport biomechanics.

 
Photo of Dr. Jenny LaCross

Dr. Jenny LaCross received her B.S. in Kinesiology from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2011 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Washington University in Saint Louis in 2014. She completed a post-professional residency in pelvic health physical therapy at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, after which she received her Board Specialty Certification in Women’s Health Physical Therapy in 2016. Jenny is currently working on her PhD at Texas Woman’s University.

 
Photo of Dr. J. Jay Dawes

Dr. J. Jay Dawes is an Assistant professor of Applied Exercise Science in the Department of Kinesiology, Health and Recreation at Oklahoma State University (OSU) and co-director of the OSU tactical Fitness and Nutrition Lab. Dr. Dawes has worked as a university athletic performance coordinator, strength/performance coach, personal trainer, and educator for over 20 years. His primary research interests is focused on improving the health, fitness, and human performance for tactical athletes/first responder.

 
Photo of Mr. Brett Singer

Mr. Brett Singer MS, RD, CSSD, LD has been a dietitian with Memorial Hermann for over 10 years. He began his career working as a clinical dietitian in the Texas Medical Center before transitioning into his role with IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute. Within his role, Brett serves as the dietitian for Houston Dynamo FC and several local high schools. He has previously served as a contract dietitian with Gatorade Sports Science Institute and the NBA G-League.

Brett enjoys mentoring and teaching. He has been selected as one of ten annual Fellowship mentors for the CPSDA Gatorade Sports Nutrition Immersion program in 2017 and 2019, and was also awarded as one of six national “Outstanding Preceptor” in 2020 within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Outside of his role with Memorial Hermann, Brett serves on the Board of Directors for Collegiate Professional Sports Dietitian Association. He has also served as an adjunct professor at University of Houston for several years.

 
Photo of Dr. Scarneo-Miller

Dr. Scarneo-Miller serves as an Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Masters of Science in Athletic Training at West Virginia University. Dr. Scarneo-Miller is an athletic trainer and works to improve overall safety at the youth sport and secondary school settings. Her research interests include policy implementation to improve sport safety, policy implementation science, and public health frameworks with regards to sports medicine interventions. Dr. Scarneo-Miller is a lead or co-author on several publications, has served as the principal or co-investigator of several grants, and has spoken at various national meetings and state. Dr. Scarneo-Miller received her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training at the University of New Hampshire in 2011, and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Connecticut in 2017.

 

We hope that all who participate will walk away with tangible tools that can be immediately implemented in your career. Tips given during tutorials can be directly integrated into your classroom and mentorship opportunities.

Photo of Emily Madrak

Ms. Emily Madrak is currently a graduate teaching assistant for the athletic training program at Oklahoma State University. She has been a certified athletic trainer for 9 years, working at the University level. During her clinical tenure as an athletic trainer Emily served as mental health liaison and member an eating disorder treatment team at Bucknell University. After four years of working at BU, Emily switched her career path to academia in order to deepen her level of understanding of mental health in athletics. Her research focuses include athletic trainer physical and mental health, stress and coping, and nutrition in athletic training. She will graduate with her PhD in May.

 
Photo of Dr. Kevin Pearson

Dr. Kevin Pearson is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Kentucky, earned his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Pearson often attributes his academic success to mentoring and understands how it makes a tremendous difference. Dr. Pearson is passionate about maximizing the training experience and does so in many capacities within the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences.

 
Photo of Mr. Eric Neufeld

Mr. Eric Neufeld is a fourth-year medical student at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and is currently interviewing for orthopaedic surgery residency programs. He was awarded with a Distinction in Research and elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He has co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise and The Journal of Arthroplasty as well as delivered podium presentations at the American College of Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Research Society annual meetings.

 
Photo of Mr. Kyle Collins

Mr. Kyle Collins is a doctoral student in Exercise Science and Nutrition at North Dakota State University. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton. Kyle has previously worked as an exercise physiologist in cardiopulmonary rehab, a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton, and as a high school football coach. Scholarly interests include clinical applications and energy expenditure of strength training. He enjoys time with his wife and two kids, reading, and playing the guitar.

 
Photo of IJES Logo

Editors of the International Journal of Exercise Science work as a team to deliver a student-focused, but evidence-based scholarly journal that reaches all areas of kinesiology. The executive editors have worked together for a number of years to build IJES into an internationally recognized publication outlet while expanding their reach into new ventures such as Topics in Exercise Science and Kinesiology (lead by James Navalta, PhD) and the International Community of Scholars in Kinesiology (lead by Whitley Stone, PhD).