Lindsay DiStefano

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. Read more.

Our Department

Providing students a dynamic and engaging learning environment that supports the growth and professional development necessary to excel within the field of athletic training.

Mentoring top-quality undergraduate and graduate students while advancing the application of evidence-based knowledge across the broad spectrum of exercise science – through research, education, practitioner training, and related scholarly activity.

Advancing the health and well-being of the citizens of Connecticut, the nation and beyond through research and the preparation of highly competent physical therapists prepared for general practice.

Recent Publication Highlights



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Co-author Dr. Srinivasan: Means-end exploration indicates bilateral coordination and motor abilities in infants at-risk for autism

Differences in means-end exploration between infants at risk for autism and typically developing infants in the first 15 months of life.

In the News


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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 

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Kelsey Rynkiewicz

Kelsey Rynkiewicz, a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Kinesiology, is developing an app to better work with athletes. As an athletic trainer at Eastern Connecticut State University, she works with varsity-level athletes, helping to evaluate, diagnose, and rehabilitate injuries and illnesses. Since COVID-19 first reached Connecticut back in March and she was forced to work remotely, she was inspired to create an app to communicate with athletes and share exercises..

UConn Today Health Care Innovation

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Daniel Yu

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

Erin Flajnik

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