Dr. Gail Marrella joined Bridgewater State University in 2010 as a part-time faculty member. She teaches, Alcohol: It’s a Matter of Balance and Health & Wellness. Dr. Marrella received her doctorate degree in Health Professions Education from Simmons University, Boston, her Master of Education degree in Health Promotion from Bridgewater State University, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Northeastern University. She is also a certified personal trainer and aerobic instructor. For over two decades, Dr. Marrella has been in private practice as a Fitness and Wellness Coach and Speaker helping individuals to maximize personal health in areas of Fitness, Nutrition, Stress Management. She also served as the Massachusetts State Representative for IDEA (International Association of Fitness Professionals) for 4 years. Dr. Marrella was the director and choreographer of the “Be Fit to Breathe” New England Patriots benefit half-time show for 6 years and raised over $100,000 for the American Lung Association.
Dr. Marrella’s research interest is directed toward understanding the factors that explain why and how individuals sustain long-term health behaviors, and how the perceived factors provide meaningful connections to their everyday lives. She believes that students can be better equipped as role models and practitioners if they are mindful of their own health and engaged in activities that promote an enhanced wellbeing. Dr. Gail Marrella enjoys music, dance, strength training, biking, hiking, photography, healthy cooking, reading and hanging out with her family. She is also the mother of twins.