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I was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania. A course in anatomy and physiology in high school inspired me to combine my interests in sports and weight lifting with the study of how the human body works. I went on to obtain a BS in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University and an MS in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University. Along the way, I became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

In 2013, after two years as an Instructor at Slippery Rock University and two years as a research assistant at the University of South Florida, I moved to Sydney, Australia to pursue a PhD in Physiology at the University of New South Wales. My thesis examined how strength training affects the way our brain and nerves communicate with our muscles to make them stronger. After finishing my PhD, I worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia, where I continued to study the neurophysiology of motor control and muscle strength. Over the past two years, I have also become interested in a number of other research areas, including scientometrics, men's health, sociopolitical narratives in exercise science, and the history of strength training research.


I currently reside in Perth, Western Australia and can be contacted at

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2013 - 2016

University of New South Wales

PhD, Physiology

2006 - 2008

Appalachian State University

MS, Exercise Science

2002 - 2006

Slippery Rock University

BS, Exercise Science

  • Exercise science

  • Strength training

  • Neuromuscular adaptations to strength training

  • Neurophysiology of human motor control

  • Muscle strength and physical fitness tests

  • History of strength training research 

  • Sociopolitical narratives in exercise and sport

  • Scientometrics of exercise, sport, medical science

  • Men's health

  • Objectivism

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