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We pride ourselves on our community of dedicated, high-caliber instructors. Our faculty challenge their students to expand their thinking and to truly know—not just memorize—the material.

All instructors involved in the online Master of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology are full-time faculty. They bring to the APK program decades of experience, certification in more than a dozen sport and fitness divisions, and membership in the major sport associations, including the:

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity

“I love the ‘light bulb moment,’ when my students truly understand the material and can apply and make connections to everyday movements. If you’re motivated and put in the hard work, the faculty at UF is going to support you and make sure you can do this.”

⁠—Linda Nguyen, Instructional Assistant Professor


Garrett Beatty

Garrett Beatty

Program Director and Instructional Assistant Professor
Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology
Department of Sport Management

Phone: (352) 294-1721
Email: gbeatty@hhp.ufl.edu

Garrett Beatty joined the College of Health & Human Performance as a lecturer in August 2015. A University of Florida graduate, Dr. Beatty studied biobehavioral science under the mentorship of Dr. Christopher Janelle. His research interests include studying the strategies individuals employ to regulate emotional experiences in order to improve human performance within emotionally charged environments. Dr. Beatty is also interested in investigating the attentional mechanisms that elite and developing athletes utilize to successfully acquire performance relevant information and execute skilled movements within stressful performance environments.

As a program director and instructional assistant professor, Dr. Beatty aims to disseminate knowledge garnered from cutting-edge research to graduate students studying sport psychology, exercise psychology, and athlete development. He is constantly seeking ways to incorporate technology into teaching strategies for online courses.


Paul Borsa

Paul Borsa

Associate Professor
Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

Phone: (352) 294-1726
Email: pborsa@hhp.ufl.edu

Paul Borsa came to the University of Florida in 2003. He is the director of the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory (2003–present) and has served as the graduate coordinator for the APK department (2003–2004). His research interests include the kinematical and mechanical behavior of the shoulder joint and the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries by phototherapy.

Dr. Borsa was awarded the Fellowship of the American College of Sports Medicine in 2001. He has served on the Convention Committee of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association as well as on the editorial boards of the Journal of Athletic Training (section editor) and the Journal of Sports Rehabilitation.


Thomas Clanton

Thomas Clanton

BK and Betty Stevens Professor
Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

Phone: (352) 294-1712
Email: tclanton@hhp.ufl.edu

Thomas Clanton is professor of applied physiology and kinesiology. He came to the University of Florida in 2007 after serving as professor for more than 25 years in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Ohio State University’s Department of Internal Medicine. At Ohio State, Dr. Clanton performed research in the areas of respiratory mechanics, respiratory muscle physiology, free radical biology, exercise physiology, and lung disorders related to HIV disease. At various times he was also director of clinical labs in the Pulmonary Diagnostics Laboratory and the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, as well as director of the university-wide OSU Biophysics Graduate Program.

Today, Dr. Clanton’s research is largely focused on basic and applied skeletal and cardiac muscle biology, and the role of reactive oxygen species in normal function. Secondly, his laboratory is studying the origins of heat stroke and other disorders related to hyperthermia, and developing new fluorescent imaging and spectroscopy technologies for studying physiology in intact tissues and even in humans. He has been funded throughout his career by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.


Blain Harrison

Blain Harrison

Instructional Assistant Professor and Internship Coordinator
Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

Phone: (352) 294-1704
Email: blaincharrison@ufl.edu

Blain Harrison joined the College of Health & Human Performance in 2016, where he teaches strength and conditioning, sports nutrition, and corrective exercise courses in the APK graduate program. He is also the graduate internship coordinator.

Dr. Harrison has worked as a personal trainer, facility manager, athletic trainer, and strength and conditioning coach before beginning his career in higher education. He holds masters degrees in Exercise Physiology and Athletic Training and a doctorate in Sports Medicine. He has held numerous professional certifications throughout his career and maintains the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach credential. He is also a lead instructor for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Exam Preparation Clinic offered through the NSCA and is a member of the NSCA State Advisory Board of Florida. Each graduate course instructed by Dr. Harrison is designed to prepare students to pass industry leading certification exams and to utilize principles of evidence-based practice to maximize the performance potential of the patients, clients, or athletes with which they interact.


Linda Nguyen

Linda Nguyen

Instructional Assistant Professor
Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

Phone: (352) 294-1723
Email: linda.nguyen@hhp.ufl.edu

Linda Nguyen completed her doctoral work in the Dept. of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology here at the University of Florida in 2015. Her doctoral research focused on mitochondrial dysfunction in skeletal muscle. She joined the Dept. of APK as a faculty member in 2017. Linda Nguyen’s role as a lecturer is focused primarily on teaching a wide array of both anatomy and physiology undergraduate and graduate courses. She is very passionate about teaching and student learning across various platforms (online, hybrid, residential courses).


Matthew Terza

Matthew Terza

Instructional Assistant Professor
Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

Phone: (352) 294-1716
Email: MJT023@ufl.edu

Matthew Terza teaches graduate-level biomechanics and research methods courses at the University of Florida. Dr. Terza is an alum of the University of Florida, where he completed his undergraduate degree and his Ph.D. His research centers on gait analysis, with an emphasis on how it can be used in rehabilitation programs.


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