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Barbara Long Photo

Barbara H. Long, EdD, VATL, ATC
Chair, Department of Health & Human Sciences
Director, Athletic Training Program
Associate Professor, Health & Human Sciences

This year marks Dr. Barbara H. Long’s 25th year as a certified athletic trainer. Over the years, Dr. Long has worked in a variety of settings (hospital, high school, college, outpatient clinic, clinical outreach, etc.) and completed degrees in an assortment of disciplines. Dr. Long’s career has had her working with professional and high level amateur athletes at places like the World University Games, US Olympic Training Center and several professional football camps. She has also served as head athletic trainer at a high school, NCAA Division III program and was a clinical athletic trainer for two comprehensive and innovative outpatient clinics in Virginia. In 1988, she graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in Biology; in 1989, she graduated from the United States Sports Academy with master's degrees in Sports Medicine and Fitness Management; finally, in 2012, she completed a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership from Shenandoah University. Dr. Long was certified by the Board of Certification (BOC) in 1989 and licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine as an athletic trainer in 2002 (first year available). Fifteen years ago (1999), Dr. Long was hired to transition the internship athletic training program to an accredited athletic training program at Bridgewater College. Since 1999, she and her colleagues have successfully devised a curriculum and lead the athletic training program through candidacy for accreditation and two site-visits resulting in the maximum accreditation length offered by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and then the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Although Dr. Long remained active in clinical practice until July 1, 2014 (acting as the director of the integrated education and clinical athletic training programs), her focus changed to teaching, scholarship and service. Bridgewater College emphasizes teaching; however, she has managed to integrate the other expectations of faculty members into the variety of tasks required of an employee in the institution. Dr. Long’s research experience includes projects and presentations on pathogens in athletic training such as, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), hydration levels in athletes, and fall prevention in the elderly. In 2009, the publishing company Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins released Dr. Long’s and Professor Charles Hale’s book entitled: Athletic Training Exam Review. This book was written to assist athletic training students in their preparation for the BOC examination and has been widely adopted across the country. In 2006, Dr. Long was appointed Chair of the Department of Health and Human Sciences, the largest academic unit on the Bridgewater College campus with 13 full-time faculty (numerous adjunct faculty) and more than 400 students integrated into the five majors and four minors offered within the department. This leadership role has contributed extensively to Dr. Long’s professional growth. In addition to teaching and scholarship, Dr. Long entered higher education with a propensity for service. During the 10 years as a full time clinical athletic trainer, Dr. Long began to serve the profession and community beyond patient care. She devised community education presentations and publications dealing with exercise and aging, fall prevention, increasing the functional limits of aging, and children and sports. During this process, she also acted as co-chair for a wellness workgroup of the Eldercare Alliance, Inc. and coordinator of Stride Inside a local mall walking program for the elderly. Dr. Long has previously served the Virginia Athletic Trainers' Association as chair of the education committee and the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association as a member of the scholarship committee. Additionally, her professional service expanded to the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in 2007 when she became an approved site-visitor and has currently completed seven site visits (5 as a chair and 2 as a team member). Since 2010, she has also served the CAATE on the Review Committee (2 years as a member, 1 year as a team coordinator and currently as the Review Committee Chair leading all professional and post-professional review teams). Dr. Long has been selected to act as an ad hoc and ex officio member to a number of CAATE committees including the Site Visit, Substantive Change and Standards Committees. Finally, her work with the CAATE has involved her presenting at various site visitor and review committee training seminars

Faculty Photo Dr. Amanda Campbell
Assistant Professor of Health & Human Sciences
Office: Nininger 228
BS, James Madison University; MEd., University of Virginia; PhD, University of Virginia

Amanda Campbell has a Bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education from James Madison University, a Master's degree in Adapted Physical Education from the University of Virginia and a Doctorate in Health and Physical Education-Pedagogy from the University of Virginia. Before returning to school to pursue her doctorate, Professor Campbell taught middle school and high school physical education as well as adapted physical education. Professor Campbell lives in Waynesboro with her husband, Brian, their two children, Catherine and Benjamin, and their dogs, Maverick and Charlie.
Faculty PhotoDeborah Dunn
Instructor of Health & Human Sciences
Office: Moomaw 104
B.S., Virginia Tech and Shenandoah University; M.S., James Madison University
RD (Registered Dietician)
Teaching fields: Nutrition and Wellness
Special Interests: Dietetics and Nutrition Counseling

Deborah Dunn-Frederick, MS, RD has been a member of the Bridgewater faculty since June 2008. She has been a registered dietitian for 25 years and is an Instructor of Nutrition and Wellness classes. She completed a MS in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics from James Madison University, where she also taught Nutrition classes for eight years. She earned a B.S. degree from Virginia Tech in Human Nutrition and Foods. As a result of her varied work experience in dietetics as dietitian for retirement homes, consultant for fitness centers and physician's offices, and clinical dietitian for various local hospitals, she brings those experiences to the teaching experience. Her specialty nutrition areas are working with young adults in normalizing eating habits, sports nutrition, and nutrition throughout the lifecycle. She loves gardening with her husband at their Harrisonburg home as well as playing the piano, reading and exercising at the gym.
Faculty PhotoDr. Lori A. Gano-Overway
Associate Professor of Health & Human Sciences
Office: Nininger 205
BS, Hope College; MS, Purdue University; PhD, Michigan State University

Lori Gano-Overway has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Business Administration from Hope College in Holland, MI and a Master's degree in Movement and Sport Science from Purdue University. Additionally, she has a Doctorate in Kinesiology with a specialty in psychosocial aspects of physical activity and minor emphasis in curriculum design and evaluation and educational psychology from Michigan State University. During her tenure MSU she also worked for the Institute for the Study of Youth Sport and has been actively involved in coaching education ever since. Her research endeavors include exploring how the climate created by coaches and physical educators can positively influence youth development. Professor Gano-Overway lives in Mt. Sidney with her partner, Ken, and her four-legged companions.
Faculty PhotoCharles W. Hale IV
Assistant Professor of Health & Human Sciences
Clinical Education Coordinator, Athletic Training Program

Office: Nininger 204-A
BS, James Madison University; MSEd., James Madison University; EdD, In progress, Shenandoah University; ATC, Board of Certification (Athletic Training); VATL, Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine

Chase Hale joined the Bridgewater staff in the spring of 2000 as the College's Assistant Athletic Trainer. He has a Bachelor's degree in Health Science/Athletic Training and a Master's degree in Health Science Education from James Madison University. In 2002, Professor Hale moved to a full-time faculty position at the College. He teaches kinesiology and a variety of athletic training courses within the Department of Health and Human Sciences, and is the athletic trainer for the field hockey, track, and tennis teams. Prior to his employment at the College he worked with Rockingham Memorial Hospital Rehab Services. Professor Hale's research interest involves the relationship between pedagogical methods and athletic training psychomotor skill performance. Professor Hale lives in Grottoes with his wife Ada and their three children.
Faculty PhotoDr. Robert Hammill
Assistant Professor of Health & Human Sciences
Office: Nininger 204-C
BA, Wartburg College; MA, University of Northern Iowa; PhD, University of Virginia

Rob Hammill is in his fifth year as part of the Bridgewater Community. He began working at Bridgewater College in the fall of 2007 while completing his dissertation at the University of Virginia. At Bridgewater he teaches courses in the Department of Health and Human Sciences on topics primarily related to exercise and exercise prescription. His research interests include changes in neuromuscular control associated with fatigue, injury, and training programs. He is a certified and licensed athletic trainer (ATC) and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). Rob lives in Penn Laird, VA with his wife Sara. They have a son, Jack, a daughter, Norah, and a dog, Zoey.
Faculty PhotoDr. Donna L. Hancock Hoskins
Assistant Professor of Health & Human Sciences

Dr. Hancock's research focuses on the consequences of parenting on adolescent outcomes. Specifically, her research focuses on predicting the risk of teenage pregnancy among African Americans using a social contextual approach. She has presented her research in British Columbia, as well as several national conferences. She has published her work in the Oxford Handbook of Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, the Journal of Leadership Education, and the Encyclopedia of Cultural Sociology of Divorce. She also has taught classes in Sociology of the Family and Introduction to Child and Family Development. Dr. Hancock serves as the student and new professional representative for the National Council on Family Relations. She received Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Development and Family Science at the University of Georgia.
Faculty PhotoDr. Mary Frances Heishman
Professor of Health & Human Sciences
Office: Nininger 103
BA, Bridgewater College; MA, James Madison University; EdD, University of Virginia

A native of Montezuma, VA, Dr. Heishman has a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Bridgewater College and a Master's degree from James Madison University. She earned her Doctorate from the University of Virginia in Motor Learning with specialties in Sport Psychology and Health. Currently, Dr. Heishman has teaching responsibilities in Health Education, and Adapted Physical Education and Recreation. She enjoys having her students scrimmage the local wheelchair basketball team as well as play goalball with students from Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. Being involved with the local Challenger Little League program is also a great learning experience. Heishman recently retired from coaching the Eagles volleyball team and compiled over 600 victories during her tenure at Bridgewater. Dr. Heishman played three sports, hockey, basketball and tennis, while a student at Bridgewater College. Her current interests include playing in her church bell choir and spending time at the beach.
Faculty PhotoPatricia Kearney
Assistant Professor of Health & Human Sciences
Office: Nininger 229
BA, College of William and Mary; BA, Christopher Newport University; MA, University of Houston; MS, Old Dominion University

Patricia Kearney has Master's degrees in Community Health from Old Dominion University and in Dance from University of Houston, Clear Lake. Her Bachelor's degrees are in Psychology, from Christopher Newport University, and in Theatre, from the College of William and Mary. She has taught at Christopher Newport University and Old Dominion University, and was an assistant director of the Fitness and Recreation Center at University of Maine, Farmington where she also taught courses preparing fitness professionals. She is certified through the American Council on Exercise in Group Fitness, Personal Training, and Lifestyle and Weight Management; she is also a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher and certified in yoga therapy. She has held positions as Health and Fitness Director for the Bertie County YMCA in Windsor, North Carolina, and health educator at Roanoke Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie, North Carolina, and also owned and operated her own yoga studio. Prior to going back for the second set of degrees in health related fields, she applied her performing arts training in acting and theater history research with Colonial Williamsburg and was choreographer for several seasons with Virginia Shakespeare Festival.
Faculty PhotoCurtis L. Kendall
Assistant Professor of Health & Human Sciences
Director of Athletics
Head Baseball Coach

Office: Nininger 201
BS, Bridgewater College; MS, James Madison University
In addition to his duties as head baseball coach and athletic director, Kendall is an assistant professor of health and exercise science and holds a master's of science in education from James Madison University. He lives in Bridgewater with his wife, LeAnn.
Faculty PhotoDr. Jill Lassiter
Assistant Professor of Health & Human Sciences

Office: Nininger 204C
BS, Wake Forest University; MSEd, State University of New York, College at Brockport; EdD, D'Youville College

Jill Lassiter has a Bachelor's degree in Health & Exercise Science from Wake Forest University, a Master's degree in Health Education from SUNY College at Brockport, and a Doctorate in Health Policy and Education from D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY. Additionally, she is a certified athletic trainer and a certified health education specialist. Her research interests are in preventative healthcare for female athletes, specifically focused on preventing the female athlete triad. She is actively involved in development and implementation of health promotion efforts on campus and in the community. Professor Lassiter lives in Bridgewater with her husband, four kids, and two dogs.
Faculty PhotoKimberly D. Wright
Assistant Professor of Health & Human Sciences
Director of Aquatics

Office: Nininger Pool
BS, Bridgewater College; MS, James Madison University

Professor Wright has been a member of the Bridgewater College faculty since June 1988 serving in a dual capacity as Assistant Professor of Health and Human Sciences and Director of Aquatics. She completed a MS degree in Physical Education with a concentration in adult fitness at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She has also done post-masters work at the University of Virginia in the area of motor learning and adaptive recreation. Kim's professional interests are adult fitness, health prevention/promotion and the transfer of learning process. She is a certified Emergency Medical Technician-Instructor and Intermediate as well as an Instructor Trainer for American Red Cross in water safety and lifeguarding. Kim resides in Bridgewater and has two grown children.