Message from Department Head, Lindsay DiStefano, Ph.D., ATC, FNATA

The Department of Kinesiology, in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources at the University of Connecticut, promotes and optimizes health, wellness, and performance through research, community engagement, service and teaching excellence. We are extremely proud of our interdisciplinary approach to train the next generation of exercise and healthcare professionals through programs in athletic training (M.S.A.T.), exercise science (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.), physical therapy (D.P.T.), and exercise prescription (Graduate Certificate).

Our doctoral program in Exercise Science is nationally ranked among the top 10 programs by the National Academy of Kinesiology. We are honored to have two NAK fellows, Dr. Casa and Dr. Pescatello, among our faculty. This is a prestigious honor for our faculty and demonstrates our scholarly excellence.

Our nationally-accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master’s in Athletic Training programs attract some of the most high-quality students in the country, who receive an integrated clinical and didactic education grounded in evidence-based medicine. These programs are competitively positioned to become among the nation's top programs offered at research-intensive institutions.

Our undergraduate major in Exercise Science provides students with personalized advising, practical experiences in the classroom, laboratory, and community, and a supportive community within a large university. Most of our graduates are accepted to their top choice graduate schools to become physical therapists, athletic trainers, physicians, physician assistants, exercise scientists, or pursue other diverse post-graduate careers.

Finally, our faculty include internationally-recognized leaders in the fields of exercise physiology, preventing sudden death in sport, exercise genomics, promotion of physical activity across a lifespan, sport performance, sport-related injury prevention and rehabilitation, and optimizing careers in health care fields. The productive research program at the Human Performance Laboratory is globally recognized for scholarly excellence, and we are proud of our association with Korey Stringer Institute (KSI)’s international reach to prevent sudden death in sport and physical activity.

We are excited for you to explore our numerous points of pride and encourage you to reach out to us to learn more about our department.



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In the News

KSI created a resource for sport organizations, high schools, and college sport programs to return to sports safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Return to Sports and Exercise during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidance for High School and Collegiate Athletic Programs

Students in the News

Daniel Yu, University Scholar (top 15 in class), Exercise Science senior undergraduate works in Dr. Lee's laboratory on projects studying 1) the effects of statins on Caenorhabditis elegans muscle and neuronal aging and 2) the impact of exercise on immune response to influenza vaccination

UCONN Today Meet the Undergraduate Daniel Yu

Erin Flajnik is a senior undergraduate, UConn Cheerleading veteran, and TME Mentor for the Exercise Science major. As a mentor, Erin uses a personalized approach to assist underclassmen in navigating what it means to be a Husky and assist them in exploring our program.  Erin will pursue her post-graduate Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in a highly competitive program at Mass General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA.

UCONN Today Meet the Undergraduate Erin Flajnik