Rachel Dykstra, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Rachel Dykstra, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance
Office location

Weary Center 224b

Background

Rachel is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science within the Department of Health and Human Performance. She received her Ph.D. in Education and Human Development (with an emphasis on exercise physiology) from Western Michigan University in 2021. Her research emphasizes identifying variables that moderate the relationship between exercise and cognitive function, as well as establishing optimal training programs that will augment physical fitness for a variety of populations. She is passionate about nutrition and aspires to empower her students to make well-informed food choices that support their health, dietary preferences, and culturally diverse backgrounds.

Education

Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology, Western Michigan University, 2021
M.S. in Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine, Western Michigan University, 2018
B.S. in Clinical Exercise Science, Grand Valley State University, 2014

Courses taught

Exercise Testing and Programming
Research and Statistical Methods
Senior Research
Basic Human Nutrition
Advanced Human Nutrition

Research and academic interests

Healthy aging
Exercise and cognitive function
Ideal training programs for optimal physical fitness across various populations

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards

American College of Sports Medicine
National Strength and Conditioning Association
National Academy of Sports Medicine