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Center for Physical Activity and Health (CPAH)

Student Profiles

Todd Buckingham

Todd Buckingham

Todd is a PhD student working with Dr. Pfeiffer. He earned his bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Saginaw Valley State University and his master's degree in Exercise Physiology from Central Michigan University. The research projects he currently works on are the clustering of health behaviors in children and using the Experience Sampling Method to assess after-school physical activity and sedentary time in adolescents. Todd also works as the Human Energy Research Lab coordinator and has taught KIN 121: The Healthy Lifestyle, KIN 310: Physiological Bases of Physical Activity, and KIN 411: Laboratory Experiences in Exercise Physiology.

Kimberly Clevenger

Kimberly Clevenger

Kimberly is a PhD student working with Dr. Pfeiffer. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and a Master’s in Physiology of Exercise Research from Ohio University. Her research interests are how to promote physical activity and healthy diet in children and how we can accurately measure these behaviors. At Michigan State, she has taught KIN 411: Laboratory Experiences in Exercise Physiology.

Michelle Conway

Michelle Conway

Michelle is a PhD student working with Dr. Pivarnik. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Physiology from the Gonzaga University and a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from San Diego State University. The research projects she currently works on is the Reliability and Validity of Physical Activity Measurement during Pregnancy Study and the ARCH Physical Activity Lipid Study (PALS). She has taught KIN 411: Laboratory Experiences in Exercise Physiology and KIN 310: Physiological Bases of Physical Activity.

Catherine Gammon

Catherine Gammon

Catherine is a PhD student supervised by Dr. Karin Pfeiffer. She has an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Bath (UK) and a Master’s degree in Physical Activity and Health from Loughborough University (UK). Her research interests include the heath behaviors of adolescent girls and family influences on children's health behaviors. She is currently working on a study examining associations among preschoolers' physical activity, sleep, and cognitive function. She has taught KIN121 (Healthy Lifestyles), KIN217 (Applied Human Anatomy Laboratory), KIN310 (Physiological Bases of Physical Activity) and KIN411 (Laboratory Experiences in Exercise Physiology).

Kerri Vasold

Kerri Vasold

Kerri is a PhD student working with Dr. Pivarnik. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Saginaw Valley State University. Her current research includes investigating the relationship between recreational sports participation and academic success in college students. She has taught KIN 411: Laboratory Experiences in Exercise Physiology and KIN 217: Applied Human Anatomy Lab.