Department of Movement Arts, Health Promotion & Leisure Studies (MAHPLS)
Fitness is a primary public health concern in our society today, encompassing issues such as physical education in school, obesity, and preventive medicine. On a more personal level, many people spend hours each week pursuing their fitness goals and striving for better health.
Our department is ideal for someone interested in health and fitness, physical education, coaching, training, performance programs and motion therapy. We offer programs in athletic training, health studies and physical education.
Dr. Sheehy's teaching responsibilities include: K-12 Pedagogy, Motor Development, Motor Learning, Introduction to Teaching Physical Education in the Public Schools, Supervision of Student Teachers. Recent publication includes: Gallo, A.M., Sheehy, D., Patton, K. & Griffin, L. (2006). Benefits and barriers to assessment: What are YOU committed to? The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 77(8), 46-50. Dr. Sheehy's favorite hobbies are horseback riding, cycling, kayaking, golf and tennis.
BS, Union University
MEd, University of Memphis
EdD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Dr. Braun joined Bridgewater State College in 1968 after teaching at Boston University. He has served as Co-Director of the Human Performance Lab and Liaison to the Exercise Science Concentration, as well as Chair for the Movement Arts, Health Promotion and Leisure Studies Department (1982-84, Spring 2000). His publications include a lab manual that is currently used in many of the Exercise Science labs as well as a textbook, Commercial Fitness. In addition to his professional education-related duties, Dr. Braun is also an avid fishing enthusiast and grows unique and spectacular roses.
BS, Central Connecticut State University, Biology
MEd, EdD, Boston University, Physical Education/Exercise Science
Dr. Burak joined the Bridgewater State faculty in 1998. She has also taught at Plymouth State College, Worcester State College, and the University of Oregon. Her prior experiences encompass more than 20 years in the fields of domestic and international community health and community development. Former positions include director of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute's Tobacco-Free Worksite Project, director of Prevention ONE, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's western Massachusetts regional prevention center, and consulting work for the American Cancer Society. Dr. Burak spent nearly ten years in Africa working with Labat-Anderson, Inc., CHP International and the United States Peace Corps. Her research interests are broad based: specific research studies, publications and presentations have addressed women's health issues, AIDS education, tobacco use and testicular self exams.
BA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
MEd, Worcester State College
PhD, University of Oregon
After his graduation from Bridgewater, Bob Colandreo taught Physical Education and Health and was the athletic trainer at Matignon High School in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Colandreo returned to Bridgewater in the summer of 1998 as Assistant Athletic Trainer in the Athletics Department, a position he held for three years. In the fall of 2003 he joined the athletic training faculty as a one-year temporary appointment and was appointed full-time in 2004. Bob teaches courses in therapeutic exercise and therapeutic modalities. He is also the clinical coordinator for the Athletic Training Education Programs. He remains clinically active providing athletic training coverage for football and ice hockey at Matignon High School. During the summer he provides coverage for the New England Pro-Am Hockey League and its five internationally recognized junior hockey tournaments. His extensive clinical experience has also included work with the New England Patriots, Bay State Games, Gary Gray Physical Therapy, and summer sport camps throughout the Boston area. Bob is nationally certified by the Board of Certification as an athletic trainer (ATC) and is licensed in Massachusetts as an athletic trainer and a physical therapist. He is also certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is an active member of the NATA, ATOM, APTA and NSCA.
BS, Bridgewater State College, 1995, Physical Education/Athletic Training
MSPT, Boston University, 2002, Physical Therapy
DPT, Boston University, 2004, Physical Therapy
Dr. Haslam taught at Georgia Southern College, State University of NY-Brockport, and Syracuse University as Director of Human Performance Lab before joining the Bridgewater faculty in 1982. He is currently serving as the Director of the Human Performance Lab, Liaison for the Exercise Science Undergraduate Concentration, Coordinator of the Graduate Human Performance Program, and Graduate Comprehensive Administrator. He is also a Consultant to Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers of Fitness.
BS, Northeastern University, Physical Education
MA, PhD, University of Maryland, Physical Education/Exercise Science
Prior to his joining Bridgewater in 1973, Dr. Huber was a Research Assistant in the Children's Physical Developmental Clinic at University of Maryland, taught Adapted Physical Education at Prince George's County Schools, and was Assistant Chief of Adapted Physical Education at The Ohio State University. He developed and has served as Director of the Children's Physical Developmental Clinic at Bridgewater State University. The aim of the clinic program is to improve the "total development" of children with disabilities by enhancing vital physical, motor, and aquatic skills and patterns as well as self-esteem. One hundred Bridgewater students serve as clinicians and support staff each semester making the CPDC the largest student organization on campus. Dr. Huber was a member of the Standards Committee related to National Adapted Physical Education Certification and served, for 15 years, as Assistant Editor of physical education and Department Editor of Issues for Palaestra: The Forum of Sport, Physical Education and Recreation for the Disabled. Dr. Huber also served as the local Event Coordinator for the Boston National Convention of American Association for Leisure and Recreation of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
BS, West Chester State University, Health and Physical Education
MA, University of Maryland, Health and Physical Education
PhD, Ohio State University, Adapted Physical Education and Motor Learning
Dr. Kathleen Laquale served as the Program Director for the ATEP from the fall, 1998 to the spring, 2006 and specializes in teaching assessment of sports related injuries, administration in athletic training, and sports nutrition for the physically active. Prior to coming to Bridgewater State University, she served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Rhode Island College (1984-1997) and Head Women's Athletic Trainer at Providence College (1977-1984). She was an adjunct professor at Rhode Island College for the physical education department (1984-1997) and at the University of Rhode Island for the Department of Food Science and Nutrition (1993-1996). Dr. Laquale is a well-published author in sports nutrition, dietary practices of collegiate wrestlers, ergogenic aids and nutritional supplements, medical issues of the female athlete, flexibility and stretching strategies. She has provided various lectures at numerous district, national and international workshops, conferences and symposia. She is the Column Editor on Nutrition for Athletic Therapy Today. Dr. Laquale is a member of the NATA Hall of Fame (2005) and past District One Director to the NATA Executive Board of Directors (1998-2004).
BS, PhD, University of Rhode Island
MS, Indiana State University
James E. Leone, PhD, ATC, CSCS, *D, CHES joined the Bridgewater community in 2008. Prior to joining Bridgewater State University, Dr. Leone held faculty appointments at The George Washington University, Northeastern University, and Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Serving many diverse roles has been a highlight of Dr. Leone's career. He served as Clinical Education Coordinator and Program Director in the undergraduate athletic training education program at SIUC, head athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist at several high schools in Massachusetts, Illinois, and Kentucky, and more recently as an educator, consultant, and author.
Academically passionate accurately describes Dr. Leone in terms of his role(s) in the classroom and in the academic world. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in well-known journals such as the Journal of Athletic Training, Journal of School Health, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Body Image: An International Journal of Research, Athletic Training Education Journal, and the Strength and Conditioning Journal among others. In addition to his publications, he also has presented his research well over 100 times in a variety of international, national, regional, state, and local venues. Dr. Leone's academic interests include: male health, body image, drug abuse epidemiology (androgenic anabolic steroids), celiac disease, and issues in professional development. He has written several chapters for various textbooks in addition to his own book on male health titled, Concepts in Male Heath: Perspectives across the Lifespan.
He is an active member of several national, regional and state professional organizations and holds certifications and/or licensure in athletic training, strength and conditioning and health education. Dr. Leone also serves on the Executive Board for the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD). Dr. Leone is an active member of the American Public Health Association (APHA), American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Eta Sigma Gamma National Health Education Honorary Society, the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He also serves as a reviewer and associate editor for various professional journals.
On a personal note, Dr. Leone enjoys physical activity (running, hiking, weight training, and softball), reading and writing, traveling, and spending time with his black lab mix.
BS, Bridgewater State College
MS, Indiana State University
PhD, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Health Education
Prior to joining the faculty at Bridgewater, Dr. Maurer-Starks was on faculty at Northeastern University. She has also served as a program director at Hofstra University's Athletic Training Program. She has been a practicing athletic trainer and has worked with a variety of intercollegiate athletic teams. Suanne has been involved in the World Games for the Deaf medical staff and has traveled to two International Games, including Sofia, Bulgaria, and Copenhagen, Denmark. The courses she is responsible for teaching are predominately in the field of athletic training. Dr. Maurer-Starks has spoken at district and national conferences, including the Eastern Athletic Trainer's Association annual meeting; the National Athletic Trainer's annual meeting and the American Alliance for Physical Education, Recreation and Dance's annual meeting. She is active in the Athletic Training profession, has been a test site Administrator and currently serves on the Thomas Sheehan Scholarship Selection Committee. Her current research efforts revolve around athletic training pedagogy and issues surrounding diversity within the profession of athletic training.
BS, Canisius College, Physical Education and Athletic Training
MS, Canisius College, Deaf Education
CAS, Hofstra University, Educational Administration
EdD, Columbia University, Health
BS, Florida Southern College
MS, Troy State University
Dr. Amos O. Nwosu has been teaching at Bridgewater State College since 1986. He became CHES certified in 1998. As an editor and publisher, he has authored several books including the award winning "Perspectives in Ethnicity and Cultural Diversity". Dr. Nwosu specializes in Health Program Planning, Health Counseling, Community Health Analysis and Cultural Diversity. He has been involved in various academic and community organization activities which facilitate and foster environments conducive to scholarly inquiry and academic excellence.
BS, University of Nigeria, 1975
MS, University of South Carolina, 1979
PhD, Texas Woman's University, 1985
Dr. Richardson joined the department in 2003 in the area of physical education pedagogy. She currently teaches classes in physical education methods, instructional strategies and curriculum. Dr. Richardson's publications include the following:
- Pagnano-Richardson, K. & Henninger, M.L. (2007). A model for developing and assessing tactical decision making competency during game play. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
- Henninger, M.L., Pagnano, K.B., Patton, K., Griffin, L.L, & Dodds, P. (2006). Novice volleyball players knowledge of games, strategies, tactics, and decision-making in the context of game play. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education New Zealand, 39(1), 34-46.
- Patton, K., Griffin, L.L., Sheehy, D., Arnold, R.,Gallo, A., Dodds, P., Pagnano, K.B., Henninger, M.L., James, A., & Bohler, H. (2005). Navigating the mentoring process in a research based teacher development project: A situated learning perspective. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 24(4), 302-325.
When not at school Dr. Richardson can be found in her flower gardens in Rhode Island or Maine or running the roads of New England.
BS, Springfield College, 1988, Physical Education
MS, Indiana State University, 1998, Physical Education
EdD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2004
Dr. Robinson worked at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston as a Clinical Cardiac Exercise Physiologist and taught classes at Eastern Nazarene College, Springfield College and Quincy College before returning to Bridgewater State University in September 2000. Dr. Robinson was named in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2000. She is recognized by the NSCA as a Coach Practitioner, Education Recognition Program Director, and was awarded the 2007 NSCA Educator of the Year. In 2007-2008 she was honored with the Presidential Fellowship Award at Bridgewater. Dr. Robinson is the head coach of Bridgewater's Weightlifting Team and is a competitive weightlifter herself. She has won gold medals at the Masters Pan American Games (2006 & 2007), holds the American and New England records in Olympic Weightlifting in her age and two body weight categories, and recently won The 2007 World Masters Weightlifting Championships in Hungary. Dr. Robinson is the program coordinator for the Masters Degree concentration in Strength and Conditioning. She is very actively involved with research and is currently working on the quantification of power in the Olympic lifts.
BS, MS, Bridgewater State College, Physical Education/Exercise Science
DPE, Springfield College, Physical Education/Exercise Physiology
Dr. Rosenthal joined the Bridgewater faculty in 2005. She previously taught at Castleton State College in Vermont. While earning her PhD at the University of Minnesota, she studied under Dr. Mary Jo Kane and worked with the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport. Her area of expertise is sociology of sport and her dissertation work was on women's ice hockey. Dr. Rosenthal's current research interests include trash talking in sports and ethical decision making in sport management. She was a collegiate soccer player and is an avid ice hockey player and hiker.
BA, Emory University
MA, Goerge Washington University
PhD, University of Minnesota
Dr. Russell is the Director of the Biomechanics Laboratory at Bridgewater State University. She became a certified physical education teacher (K-12) upon receiving her bachelor's degree. After teaching secondary physical education in public school, she taught as a graduate assistant at Washington State University while obtaining her master's degree. Following a brief stay in the fitness industry, Pam pursued a doctorate in Biomechanics. While completing this degree, she taught activity courses and the undergraduate biomechanics course. Upon graduation, Dr. Russell worked in the Physical Education Departments at Howard Community College and Marymount University and in the Physical Therapy Department at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She brings a variety of experience in different educational settings to her work at Bridgewater.
Dr. Russell currently serves as the Research Fellow for Bridgewater State University, yet continues to pursue her own research interests in the biomechanics of sports injury mechanisms. Her most recent work addressed gender and developmental differences in the biomechanics of landing as related to anterior cruciate ligament injury risk. This research, funded by the National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA), was presented at meetings of the NATA, International Society of Electromyography and Kinesiology, and the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS), and has been published in the Journal of Athletic Training, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and the Journal of Electromyography and Clinical Neurophysiology.
From 2003-2006 Dr. Russell was an Executive Committee member of the Biomechanics Academy of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, serving as President for one year. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the ISBS, on the Advisory Board of the New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute, and on the Executive Committee of the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. At Bridgewater, Dr. Russell has served as the Departmental Graduate Coordinator and is currently the Departmental Honors Chairperson. She teaches courses in applied functional anatomy, undergraduate and graduate biomechanics, and graduate statistics.
BS, University of New Hampshire, Physical Education
MS, Washington State University, Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology
PhD, University of Maryland at College Park, Biomechanics
Dr. Wu joined Bridgewater State University in 2010. Previously, Dr. Wu was a researcher at Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre, University of British Columbia, Canada. He conducts both clinical and sports biomechanics research studies and is experienced in working with professional players (Montreal Canadiens ice hockey team) and amateur athletes (2010 Canada Winter Olympics men's gold medal and women's silver medal curling teams). Past research studies include foot orthotic prescription and modification, ice hockey wrist and slap shots, ice skating, volleyball spiking, gymnastics back handspring and parallel bar, curling delivery, Olympic power clean lifting, and slo-pitch softball pitching and hitting. Dr. Wu had received research funding support from Nike Inc., Sport Science Association of Alberta and Human Performance Scholarship Fund. His current research focus is on examining the sequencing of joint movement coordination patterns in both clinical and sports settings. Dr. Wu has established Sport Science Innovation Program that uses an innovative approach to examine sport skills, injury mechanism, and equipment and footwear testing to better understand mechanics of human motion and movement coordination patterns for sports performance improvement and injury prevention.
Dr. Wu was a former track and field assistant coach for McGill University and University of British Columbia. He is a Canada National Coaching Certified Program level II coach in softball and has coached women's fast pitch softball team at junior "A" and university levels. Dr. Wu enjoys playing various sports and is passionate in playing competitive baseball and softball.
BEd, McGill University, Physical Education
MA, McGill University, Biomechanics
PhD, University of Alberta, Biomechanics
Dr. Anderson joined Bridgewater State College in 1981 and served as Director of the Athletic Training Program for 19 years. She served 6 years as the Chairperson of the Department of Movement Arts, Health Promotion & Leisure Studies, as well as the coordinator of the department's graduate programs. Prior to coming to Bridgewater, she taught Physical Education in the Jessup and West Union, Iowa public school systems. While at Indiana University, she was the Director and Instructor of Sports Emergency Care for the Recreation Department.
Dr. Anderson currently serves on the NATA Board of Certification (BOC) Board of Directors, and is an on-site evaluator for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Dr. Anderson is recognized as a nationally prominent author in athletic training, having published Foundations of Athletic Training: Prevention, Assessment and Management and Fundamentals of Athletic Training, both widely used across the United States and Canada.
BS, Upper Iowa University, Physical Education
MA, Indiana University, Physical Education
PhD, University of Iowa, Physical Education and Sport Studies
Dr. Quimby is currently serving in his second year at Bridgewater directing the recreation concentration, recreation and fitness club administration, and the recreation minor. He is developing courses in adventure education and has recently written an operations manual for the Bridgewater State University Challenge program.
From 2002-2005 he was the Assistant Department Chair and the Director of the Hofstra University Adventure Education Program for the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences (PESP). Teaching responsibilities included undergraduate and graduate courses in physical education primarily focusing on adventure education for teachers. In 2001 he served as the Director of Operations for Outward Bound Professional on Thompson Island in Boston. During the program season, he facilitated the design of over 50 custom adventure based programs for clients from major companies and institutions within the Boston metro area. From 1980 to 1999 Dr. Quimby was a Professor at Plymouth State University serving in many roles. He served as the Chair of the HPER Department, a teacher/professor of outdoor recreation and physical education, and a varsity athletic coach of three sports.
He has extensive experience with curriculum and program development, especially in Adventure/Experiential Education, and has served as an external reviewer on a regional basis. He was designated Associate Professor Emeritus of Health, Physical Education and Recreation by the USNH Board of Trustees. He has been a certified National Trainer for Project Adventure and High 5 Adventure Learning Center and is a graduate of The National Outdoor Leadership School. Current research interests are related to training issues for physical education teachers using the Project Adventure model.
Dr. Quimby has been married for 37 years, has two grown children and two grandchildren. He can be found on weekends in the oceans of the world looking for surf. His passion for surfing has been growing since the summer of 1965.
BS, Charleston Southern University
MS, Morehead State University, Health/Physical Education and Recreation
EdD, Boston University, Adventure Education
We offer majors in Athletic Training, Health Studies (with the option of concentrating in Community Health or School Health) and Physical Education (including a concentration in one of seven different areas), as well as a variety of minors. We also offer an M.Ed in Health Promotion and MS degrees in Athletic Training and Physical Education.
Our graduates are well-equipped to enter a variety of professions and work as teachers, coaches, personal trainers, adaptive fitness therapists and more. We train our students to be leaders in the field and to promote a higher quality of life for a range of populations by encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.
For more information on programs see our Catalog.