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Kinesiology Department

Kinesiology Department Faculty & Staff

Chair & Professor

Nicholas IammarinoNicholas K. Iammarino, Ph.D. CHES
Chair, Director of Health Sciences, Co-Director of Rice-UT Public Health Scholars Program

Professor Nicholas Iammarino is currently Professor/Director of Health Sciences, Chairman of the Kinesiology Department, & Co-Director of the Rice-UT Public Health Scholars Program at Rice University.   read more »


Bruce EtnyreBruce Etnyre, Ph.D.
Motor Learning and Motor Control

Bruce Etnyre is a professor in the Kinesiology Department at Rice University. His primary research interests have included the study of flexibility and the study of movement when rising from sitting, especially for those who suffer from back pain.   read more »


Heidi  PerkinsHeidi Y. Perkins, Ph.D.
Health Sciences Advisor

Dr. Perkins joined the Rice faculty in 2008.  She currently serves as a lecturer in the Health Sciences program teaching Theories of Health Behavior, Planning Health Education and Health Promotion Programs and Principles of Public and Community Health.    read more »
Augusto Rodriguez, PhDAugusto X. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Sports Medicine Advisor

Dr. Augusto X. Rodriguez has been a lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology at Rice University since 2010.  He teaches in the area of health sciences and sports medicine.   read more »
Zacharias PapadakisZacharias Papadakis, MS, ACSM EP-C
Sports Medicine

Mr. Papadakis joined the Department of Kinesiology as a Lecturer in July 2015 and envisions assisting the department to grow even more through his dynamic personality and approach. He teaches in the area of Exercise Physiology and Strength and Conditioning   read more »
Cassandra S. DiepCassandra S. Diep, Ph.D.
Health Sciences

Dr. Cassandra (Cassie) S. Diep is a lecturer in the Kinesiology Department at Rice University.  Dr. Diep joined the Rice faculty in 2017 and currently teaches Introduction to Health and Wellness, Research Methods, and other courses in the Health Sciences program.   read more »

Part-Time Faculty

Roberta AndingRoberta Anding, M.S., R.D./L.D., C.D.E., C.S.S.D.
Nutrition, Health Sciences

Ms. Anding is a part-time lecturer in the Kinesiology Department at Rice University teaching an undergraduate course in nutrition. In 2015, she was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.   read more »
Jaime AparicioJaime Aparicio, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, USATF-1

Dr. Jaime Aparicio joined the Department of Kinesiology as a lecturer in August 2016 teaching in the area of Biomechanics. He is also a sports physical therapist at Memorial Hermann’s Ironman Sports Medicine Institute- Shepherd Square Human Performance Lab   read more »
Brian GibsonBrian T. Gibson, Ph.D.
Exercise Physiology, Associate Dean of Undergraduates

Dr. Gibson is currently Associate Dean of Undergraduates, but he continues his part-time appointment as a Professor in the Practice teaching Human Physiology, Advanced Exercise Physiology & Preventative Medicine, and Exercise Physiology for the Department of Kinesiology on a rotating basis.   read more »
Daniel C. Hughes, Ph.D.Daniel C. Hughes, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor/Understanding Cancer

Dr. Daniel C. (Danny) Hughes is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and a part-time lecturer for the Health Sciences Program, teaching the HEAL 350: Understanding Cancer course.    read more »
Steven JonesSteven L. Jones, Ph.D.
Medical Terminology

Dr. Steven Jones teaches our HEAL 132: Medical Terminology.  He is the author of Acquiring Medical Language, a medical terminology published by McGraw-Hill.   read more »
Wendy SchellWendy E. Schell, M.S., P.T.
Human Anatomy

Ms. Schell joined the faculty of Rice University in 2008 as an instructor in the Kinesiology Department.  She is responsible for teaching the undergraduate courses: Human Anatomy and Human Anatomy Lab.    read more »
Burke WilsonP. Burke Wilson, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS
Sports Medicine

Dr. Wilson is a sports physical therapist at Texas Children’s Hospital. His clinical interests include operative and non-operative management of adult and youth athletes with lower extremity injuries and biomechanical gait analysis for runners and triathletes.    read more »

EMS Program

Lisa BasgallLisa Basgall, M.A., NREMT-P, LP
EMS Director

Lisa is the Director of the Rice EMS program and is a Licensed Paramedic with over 15 years of EMS experience.  As of July 1, 2014, the Rice EMS program will be housed under the Kinesiology Department.  For more information on the REMS program, visit http://rems.rice.edu/    read more »


ZinnWinklerJennifer Zinn-Winkler
Department Administrator

Mrs. Zinn-Winkler joined Rice University in July 2012 as the administrator for the Kinesiology Department. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin.  She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the department.  

Adjunct Faculty

Karen Basen-EngquistKaren Basen-Engquist, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Adjunct Professor

Karen Basen-Engquist, Ph.D., M.P.H. is a Professor of Behavioral Science at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Director of the Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship.   read more »
Daniel C. Hughes, Ph.D.Daniel C. Hughes, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor/Understanding Cancer

Dr. Daniel C. (Danny) Hughes is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and a part-time lecturer for the Health Sciences Program, teaching the HEAL 350: Understanding Cancer course.    read more »
KrouskopThomas A. Krouskop, Ph.D., P.E.
Adjunct Professor

Tom Krouskop, Ph.D., P.E. is the former director of The National Center for Human Performance, where researchers throughout the Texas Medical Center and beyond work together on projects that enhance performance in the arts, sports, military and space exploration.   read more »
Alexis OrtizAlexis Ortiz, P.T., Ph.D., SCS, CSCS, FACSM
Adjunct Associate Professor

Dr. Ortiz is a faculty member at the School of Physical Therapy in Texas Woman’s University (TWU). His responsibilities in the entry-level physical therapy curriculum are: exercise testing and prescription and therapeutic exercise. In 2015, he was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Sport Medicine.   read more »
Dawn StuckeyDawn Stuckey, MED, ATC, LAT
Adjunct Associate Professor

Stuckey serves as an Associate Athletic Trainer in the Rice Athletics Department. In the Spring 2016, she will have the added appointment of Adjunct Associate Professor in the Kinesiology Department.     read more »
Armin WeinbergArmin Weinberg, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Dr. Weinberg is CEO of Life Beyond Cancer Foundation, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor at Rice University and was the co-founding Chair of the Intercultural Cancer Council.   read more »

Professors Emeritus

Eva LeeEva J. Lee, Ph.D.
Sports Sociology, Sport Marketing and Promotion

Dr. Eva J Lee was awarded Professor Emeritus Status in the year 2000 after serving on the Faculty of the Department of Kinesiology since 1969.   read more »
Dale SpenceDale W. Spence, Ed.D.
Sports Medicine

Professor Spence received a B.S. from the Rice Institute, M.S. from North Texas State University, Ed.D. from Louisiana State University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in muscle physiology at Baylor College of Medicine.   read more »