Kinesiology and Health Promotion Faculty & Staff | Troy University

Faculty & Staff

Exercise Science

Dr. Michael Green

Michael S. Green, Ph.D.
Professor/Exercise Science Program Coordinator
107-C Wright Hall
Troy, AL 36082

(334) 670-5732

Dr. Michael Green received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Sport and Fitness Management from Troy State University in 2000 and 2002, respectively, and earned his doctorate in Sport Science from Georgia State University in 2008. Dr. Green began working with the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion in 2008, and teaches and conducts research in the area of Exercise Science. He also serves as the Exercise Science Program Coordinator. A native of Great Britain, Green came to the United States to combine his athletic and academic aspirations. He earned 9 conference titles, set the Troy University record for 3,000 meters, and became the first member of the Troy University cross country team receive the Academic All-American honor (1998), and enjoyed a successful post-collegiate career as a marathon runner. 

Research Interests – Exercise-induced Muscle Damage, Exercise Metabolism, Dietary Supplements, Ergogenic Aids

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Dr. Teresa Johnson

Teresa Johnson, DCN, RDN, FAND
107-A Wright Hall
Troy, AL 36082

(334) 312-2309

Dr. Teresa Johnson is a Registered Dietitian with over 30 years of clinical practice and teaching experience. She has a BS in Dietetics from the University of Montevallo, a master’s in nutrition from Auburn University and a Doctorate in Clinical nutrition from Rutgers University. Her current clinical practice is outpatient pediatric clinics for Children’s Rehabilitation Services and pool dietitian for Encompass Health. She teaches Human Nutrition, Nutrition Assessment, Nutrition for the Lifecycle, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Introduction to Food Science, Community Nutrition, and Sports Nutrition and Metabolism.

Research Interests – Pediatric Nutrition, Anthropometry, Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies, Blended Tube Feeding

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Dr. Tyler Martin

Tyler D. Martin, Ph.D., CSCS
Professor/Graduate Program Coordinator
211-B Wright Hall
Troy, AL 36082

(334) 808-6291

Dr. Tyler Martin earned a Ph.D. in Human Performance with an Exercise Physiology Emphasis from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), a M.S. in Human Performance with an Exercise Science Emphasis from USM, and a B.S. in the field of Physical Education with an emphasis in Fitness Management from Mississippi State University. In addition, he holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Martin is currently in his 17th academic year as a teacher in higher education, with the past 16 years being at Troy University. Throughout his teaching career, he has prepared 55 (47 at TROY) different course preparations with a total of 282 (269 at TROY) different course sections taught in Exercise Science and related areas. Additionally, he has contributed to the production of 67 (46 peer-reviewed) scholarly works. Prior to beginning his collegiate career, the Minnesota Twins selected Ty in the 1996 MLB Draft. He was a scholar-athlete in baseball at the University of Florida (1997-1998) and Mississippi State University (1999-2000). While a Gator, he competed in the 1998 College World Series. Following his career at Mississippi State University, the Texas Rangers selected and signed Ty in the 2000 MLB Draft and in July 2002, Martin was awarded Minor League Player of the Month from TOPP’s.

Research Interests – Sport and exercise science with an emphasis in sport and exercise physiology, with specific interests in the areas of sport and exercise nutrition, strength and conditioning, exercise testing and prescription, and sport specific training

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Dr. J. Grant Mouser

James Grant Mouser, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
111 Wright Hall
Troy, AL 36082

(334) 808-6717

Dr. J. Grant Mouser completed his Ph.D. in Health and Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Physiology from the University of Mississippi. While there he received a graduate certificate in Applied Statistics. He received his M.S. in Exercise Physiology as well as a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Mouser has been heavily involved in applied physiology research examining blood flow restriction, muscle function and growth, and vascular adaptations to exercise. 

Research interests - Blood flow restriction, vascular adaptation to resistance training, skeletal muscle physiology and adaptation to resistance training

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Sports Medicine

Dr. Troy Coppus

Troy A. Coppus, EdD, LAT, ATC, CSCS
Assistant Professor/MSAT Program Director
212-A Stadium Tower
Troy, AL 36082

(334) 670-5818

Dr. Troy Coppus received his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Ohio Northern University in 2004, a graduate degree in Sport Studies from High Point University in 2006, and earned his Doctor of Education in Kinesiology from UNC Greensboro in 2020. He has been a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer and NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist since 2004. Dr. Coppus began working with the Athletic Training Program/Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at Troy in 2021. Prior to Troy University, he spent 14 years at the University of Evansville. Since 2017, he was a full-time faculty member in the Athletic Training program.  The previous ten years were spent a dual-appointment staff athletic trainer and faculty member. He has also worked as a part-time industrial sports medicine provider for Briotix Health.

Research Interests – Training load analysis and injury risk in team sports

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Cherise Crisman

Cherise R. Crisman, MEd, ATC, LAT
212-B Stadium Tower
Troy, AL 36082

(334) 670-3722 

Cherise Crisman completed her B.S. in Athletic Training at Troy University (1994) and her Master’s degree in Health Promotion at Auburn University (1997). After serving at Huntingdon College (Montgomery, Alabama) for two years as the NAIA Head Athletic Trainer, Cherise commenced her career with Troy University, working with the women’s basketball team. 

Cherise teaches within the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at Troy University alongside her position with Atrium Healthcare (Kannapolis, NC). In her free time, Cherise enjoys fishing and going to the movies.

Dr. Katie Delinsky

Linda K. Delinsky, DHSc, LAT, ATC
Assistant Professor/MSAT Clinical Education Coordinator
212-D Stadium Tower
Troy, AL 36082

(334) 670-3468

Dr. Katie Delinsky received her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from North Georgia College & State University in 2006, a graduate degree in Kinesiology from Lamar University in 2009, and earned her Doctor of Health Science from Nova Southeastern University in 2020. She has been a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer since 2006. In August 2021, Dr. Delinsky began working with the Athletic Training Program in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at Troy University. Previously, Dr. Delinsky worked as a clinical athletic trainer at the University of Mary Washington and Carson-Newman University from 2008-2014. From 2015-2020 she was an Athletic Training Program instructor at Bethel University. She continues to provide part-time coverage of athletic events for Premier Sports Medicine and seasonal coverage for Varsity Spirit Corporation.

Research Interests - "return to learn" following concussion, employment of athletic trainers in the high school setting

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Sport Pedagogy

Dr. Candice Howard-Shaughnessy

Candice Howard-Smith, Ph.D.
Professor/Undergraduate Coordinator for Teacher Education
109 Wright Hall
Troy, AL 36082

(334) 670-5863

Dr. Candice Howard-Shaughnessy received a Ph.D. in Exercise Science with a Motor Development cognate and a Special Education emphasis from Auburn University and a Master’s degree in Foundations of Education from Troy State University. She teaches in the areas of motor development, adapted physical education, physical education and graduate research. Dr. Howard-Shaughnessy serves as the Undergraduate Coordinator for Teacher Education in the Department of Kinesiology & Health Promotion which serves as the liaison to the College of Education for pedagogy students.

Research Interests – Fundamental Motor Skills in Preschoolers, Perceived Competence in Preschoolers, Structured Versus Unstructured Physical Activity with Preschoolers, and Early Childhood Movement and Cognitive Concepts

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Lana Johnson

Lana Johnson
112-A Wright Hall
Troy, AL 36082

(334) 670-3445

Lana Johnson earned her Master’s Degree in Physical Education at Troy University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Health/ Physical Education at Troy. Prior to teaching at Troy, Mrs. Johnson taught at Pike County High School in Physical Education and Health as well as coaching Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, and Track and Field. She currently teaches courses in Health and Physical Education as well as assists with advising in the area of Exercise Science.

Research Interests – Organized Physical Education for the Home School Child

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Kacie Lanier

Kacie Lanier, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
211-D Wright Hall
Troy, AL 36082

(334) 808-6812 

Dr. Kacie Lanier received her undergraduate degrees in Child and Family Development and Psychology from the University of Georgia in 2011 and graduate degrees in Counselor Education and Health and Physical Education from Georgia Southern University in 2014 and 2017, respectively. She taught middle school physical education for 2 years, and earned her doctorate in Physical Education Teacher Education at Georgia State University in 2023. She teaches in the areas of physical education, health, and coaching.

Research Interests – Physical Education’s impact on student mental health, teacher readiness to teach strength & conditioning within the school setting

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Dr. J. Brandon Sluder

J. Brandon Sluder, Ph.D.
211-C Wright Hall
Troy, AL 36082

(334) 808-6292

Dr. J. Brandon Sluder serves at Troy University as professor and department chair in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. He received his Bachelor's degree in Sport Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina in 2001 and his M.S. (2003) and Ph.D. (2008) in Sport Pedagogy from Auburn University. He resides in Troy, Alabama and enjoys spending time with family in his spare time. 

Research Interests – Student mental health and faculty readiness at the collegiate level, Autonomy-Supportive Teaching in Elementary Physical Education, and Perceptual Motor Programming

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Recent Publications


Administrative Staff

Bettye Richards

Bettye Richards
Departmental Secretary
211-A Wright Hall
Troy, AL 36082

(334) 670-3443
(334) 670-3936



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