Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management

School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Our Researchers

Director

loprinDr. Paul Loprinzi

Assistant Professor

Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management

E-mail: pdloprin@olemiss.edu

 

 

 

 

Academic Profile:

I completed my doctoral studies in Exercise Science at Oregon State University, with undergraduate (exercise/physical activity; community health) and graduate (exercise science) degrees at Portland State University. Building upon this background, including exercise psychology and physical activity epidemiology, my epidemiological-based research focuses on psychosocial determinants of physical activity and varying cardiometabolic health outcomes influenced by physical activity. My current experimental research focuses on the interrelationships between exercise, affect and cognitive function.

Personal Profile:

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Kristina Loprinzi, NP, and my four young children, Ryker (10 y), Kiplin (6 y), Jovie (5 y) and Hartley (2 y). I also enjoy jogging, which I usually do 4-5 days per week.

 

 Student Researchers

Group 2016-17 zoom

 

Ph.D. Students

 

Ovuokerie AddohOvuokerie Addoh

Under the mentorship of Dr Paul Loprinzi, I am enrolled at Ole Miss in pursuance of a PhD degree in Health & Kinesiology with a focus in Health Behavior & Promotion (cognate area: Physical Activity Epidemiology). My current research examines the interplay of theory-based psychological parameters in predicting physical activity among adults with an interest in weight control, juxtaposing constructs from the transtheoretical model with hedonistic theory. I am a Primary Care physician (MBBS 2012, Igbinedion University Okada, Nigeria), from Delta State, Nigeria. My future plans are “to be a top-notch researcher & clinician” in the field of Preventive Medicine. During my free time I listen to music from Andrea Bocelli, Kendrick Lamar and Yemi Alade, while hanging out at the gym.

 

 

Meghan EdwardsMeghan Edwards

Under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Loprinzi, I am pursuing a PhD in Health and Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology. I am originally from Plymouth, Minnesota. I completed my B.S. in Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and I received my M.S. in Health Promotion here at Ole Miss. My current research focus within the Exercise Psychology Laboratory includes the cognitive and affective outcomes associated with acute exercise and meditation. My broader research interests involve the intricate interrelations between exercise, cognition, affect, and individual traits such as one’s exercise identity. I hope to some day work for a University where I will be able to continue researching within the domain of exercise psychology, as well as teach. During my free time, I enjoy teaching a variety of group fitness classes, watching Packer football, and daydreaming about the two amazing pugs that I will someday own.

 

Emily Frith

Emily Frith

I am a first year PhD student, under the mentorship of Dr. Loprinzi. My research focus encompasses the influence of social media platforms on physical activity affect and behavior. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Bellarmine University in 2015, and my Master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 2016. In my free time, I like to run, write, and watch stand-up comedy. When I was seventeen years old, I found this quote, and I still continue to strive for this level of passion and commitment every day. “Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’. The answer is usually: ‘Yes’.”  Paul Tergat

 

 

 

Eveleen SngEveleen Sng

Under the tutelage of Dr. Paul Loprinzi, I am pursuing a PhD degree in Health and Kinesiology with an emphasis in Health Behavior and Health Promotion. I am from Singapore and completed my undergraduate (BS in Exercise and Sports Science) degree at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia and my Master’s degree (MS in Kinesiology with an Emphasis Area in Physical Activity: Social Science Perspective) at San Francisco State University. I am also an ACSM/NPA Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist and obtained the certification in July 2014.  My present research interests include looking at how implicit attitudes predict physical activity behaviors. My future plans include being a Health Educator advocating for regular physical activity participation and having good eating behaviors and continuing to conduct research in the field of physical activity and possibly nutrition.  During my free time I like to go hiking, rollerblading, jogging, exploring new places while traveling, and experimenting new recipes in the kitchen.

 

 

M.S. Students

 

Jeremiah BloughJeremiah Blough

I am pursuing a Master’s of Science in Exercise Science at the University of Mississippi with the guidance of Dr. Paul Loprinzi. I am from South Haven, Michigan and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science from Belhaven University. My current research interests involve the effects of sedentary behavior and physical activity on cognitive, psychological, and physiological parameters. I would like to continue my education in the field to acquire a PhD in hopes of one day working at a university as a professor and researcher. During my free time, I enjoy exercising, playing sports or games and visiting with friends.

 

 

 

Elizabeth CrushElizabeth Crush

Hi! My name is Elizabeth Crush. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science at Bellarmine University in my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. I chose to continue studying under the supervision of Dr. Paul Loprinzi (formerly at Bellarmine) by pursuing my Master’s in Exercise Physiology at the University of Mississippi. My present research includes examining the dose-response relationship between acute exercise duration and cognition in the Exercise Psychology Laboratory. Future plans incorporate pursuing my doctorate in Exercise Physiology and ultimately becoming a professor. In my free time I run, do yoga, play tennis, waterski, and spend time with my family.

 

 

Chelsea JoynerChelsea Joyner

Under the supervision of Dr. Paul Loprinzi, I am pursuing a master’s degree in exercise science in the Exercise Psychology Laboratory. I am from Clover, South Carolina and completed my undergraduate BS degree in exercise science at Winthrop University. My present research interests include examining the interrelationships between personality, physical and mental health behaviors, and executive function.  My future plans include working in a retirement/assisted living center to help aid residents in living a full quality life.  In my free time I like to read a good book and lift some weights listening to Mariah Carey.

 

 

 

Robert PattersonRobert Patterson

I have always had an interest in personal and community health. I recently graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2016 with a B.S. in Exercise Science. I am currently a 1st year graduate student working on a Masters in Health Promotion under the supervision of Dr. Paul Loprinzi. I also conduct research for the HERSM department. My major focus is on the effects of exercise on creative cognitive ability. I hope that my research will help identify, develop, and promote the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

 

Undergraduate Students

 

Will BoothWill Booth

I am an undergraduate exercise science student at Ole Miss and am gaining research experience by helping PhD student, Ovuokerie Addoh, with data collection for one of his research projects looking at the predictive validity of the Transtheoretical Model in influencing long-term physical activity behavior among adults with weight loss concerns.

 

 

 

 

Hannah DauHannah Dau

Under the supervision of Dr. Paul Loprinzi, I aim to graduate from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at Ole Miss with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.  My current research is for my honors college senior thesis and involves the comparative effectiveness of physical activity and sedentary behavior breaks on cognition and psychological parameters.  I am from Kiln, Mississippi, and my plan after undergrad is to attend Occupational Therapy school. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, playing volleyball, and hanging out with my puppy.

 

 

 

Dylan DelanceyDylan Delancey

My name is Dylan Delancey.  I am an undergraduate student who is majoring in Exercise Science. I plan to obtain my bachelors degree and eventually pursue PT school.  I have really enjoyed the opportunity to help the Exercise Psychology Lab; therefore, I now am also considering a career involving research.  In my free time I like to go to the gym, hangout with friends, and research beneficial elements towards the human body.

 

 

 

Former Students

 

Allison Nooe (2016 – Master of Health Promotion)

Annese Jaffery (2016 – Bachelor of Exercise Science)