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Dr. Pamela J. Russell

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Professor of Movement Arts, Health Promotion and Leisure Studies; Coordinator for the Center for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship
Adrian Tinsley Center, Room 232

BS, University of New Hampshire, Physical Education
MS, Washington State University, Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology
PhD, University of Maryland at College Park, Biomechanics

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.