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Faculty Research & Laboratories

Our faculty actively publish in the top journals in the field and routinely present their work at national and international conferences. The undergraduate program director is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Faculty serve on multiple review boards for professional journals. All faculty members teach undergraduate HFMG courses and direct independent research programs.


Laboratory layouts

Mélanie Poudevigne, Ph.D., FACSM

Chair, College of Health, Promotion & Tenure Professor, Health & Fitness Management

Telephone: 678-466-4937

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Campus Address: Magnolia Hall 131

Area of Specialization: Exercise, special populations, and Health Management

Research interests focus on (1) Exercise psychobiology and its variation with physical activity in public health; (2) sports psychology and life coaching for the athletic population; (3) Wellness Management; (4) Psychobiological assessments of back pain and mental health associated with reductions in quality of living and physical functioning; (5) Measurement, management and evaluation in physical activity.

Harry Chung

Hae Ryong “Harry” Chung, Ph.D., CSCS

Assistant Professor & Undergraduate Program Director, Health and Fitness Management

Telephone: 678-466-4936

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Campus Address: Magnolia Hall 129

Hae Ryong Chung is an Assistant Professor in the Health and Fitness management program. He holds a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before He came to the US, He also completed a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology at Kookmin University and Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Chungnam National University in his native South Korea.

His PhD research included two distinct areas: clinical research with dialysis patients and laboratory work with animal models. His clinical research was focused on dialysis patients with end-stage kidney disease, namely exercise and nutrition interventions to improve their health and quality of life. His other areas of research, which was his dissertation topic, involves animal models. He is particularly interested in the side effects of medications commonly used to treat high cholesterol. The common thread in these two areas is trying to work out how exercise can best be used to manage disease states and improve quality of life.

Most of his teaching experience is in Exercise Physiology, though he has also taught activity classes in weight control and conditioning, weight training, snowboarding, and swimming. Outside of the classroom, He has instructed several martial art classes such as Kung Fu, Aikido, Kickboxing, and self-defense classes. He has a wide range of experience in the health and fitness industry, ranging from personal or group training and gym management to clinical exercise prescription. In terms of community-based classes, he has been coordinating the Lifetime Fitness Program at U of I, which is a long-running physical activity program targeting older adults.