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Dr. Melanie Adams

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Assistant Professor
Human Performance and Movement Sciences
Spaulding Gymnasium • M-2301

Degrees and Credentials: BS, magna cum laude, Physical Education, Keene State College MEd Athletic Training, University of Virginia PhD Kinesiology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Professional Interests: Using technology and modifying the physical environment to reduce sitting time and increase physical activity, developing exercise programs for overweight women that promote long-term adherence, and teaching research to undergraduate students.

Professional Background: Pre-doctoral Trainee at the NIH Center for Excellence, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2008-2012. Instructor of Physical Education, Hood College, 1999-2006. Coordinator of Sports Medicine, Hood College, 1998-2008.

Awards & Accolades: KSC Faculty Development Grant, 2014; Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society, 2011; Grant Recipient, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, 2011. Grant Recipient, North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, 2011.

Selected Professional Work: Adams, M. M. and Gill, D. (in press). Reducing Sedentary Behavior: Active Steps for Overweight Women. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal.

Adams, M.M., Davis, P. & Gill, D. (2013). A hybrid online intervention for reducing sedentary behavior in obese women. Frontiers in Public Health. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2013.00045

Gill, D.L, Hammond, C., Reifesteck, E., Jehu, C., Williams, R, Adams, M…Shang ,Y. (2013). Physical Activity and Quality of Life. Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, 46, S28-34.

Davis, P.G., Adams, M., Roe, M., Owens, R., Wilson, J., Sipe, C….Smith, A. (2012, June). Exercise and post-bariatric surgery patients: The bariatric exercise and lifestyle transformation (BELT) program. American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Conference, San Diego, CA.

Why do you like teaching at KSC? As an alum, I feel connected to the college and its students. Keene State is big enough to offer lots opportunities and yet small enough that we get to know each other.

Give an example of one of your most affirming moments teaching at KSC. Every time a student comes to me for help. It takes courage to admit you don’t understand something. I really appreciate students that the extra step and open themselves up to new material.

What do you want your students to take away from their experience with you? It is more important to work at finding an answer than it is to know something immediately. The ability to find information and use it is more powerful than a photographic memory.