Ph.D. Exercise Physiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 2006
M.S.Ed. Exercise Science, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 2002
B.A. Physical Education – Management Track, Blackburn College, Carlinville, IL 2000
Prior to arriving at YSU in 2007, Dr. Tessmer worked for Morehead State University in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Sport Sciences. Previous to Morehead State, Dr. Tessmer was a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Human Performance in the Health and Physical Activity Department. Currently, Dr. Tessmer serves as an Assistant Professor in Exercise Science. She oversees student internships, advises students, and teaches several ES courses. Dr. Tessmer has been a certified Health/Fitness Specialist from the American College of Sports Medicine since 2003.
Research Area or Specialty:
Dr. Tessmer’s specialties focus on various topics, including perceived exertion, clinical exercise testing, and psychological aspects of exercise involvement. Primary research foci are RPE and various populations, different protocols, as well as the connection between the physiological and psychosocial aspects of exercise. Most recently, Dr. Tessmer has been involved in a validation study of the Body Media Senswear Pro Armband for activities of daily living.
Tessmer, K.A., R.F. Gearhart, M.D. Becque, and P.J. Carroll. Comparison of Perceived Exertion Ratings during Graded Peak Cycle Exercise Between Cigarette Smokers and Non-smokers. Journal of Perceptual Motor Skills, 2010, 110(3): 761-771.
Robertson, Goss, Aaron, Nagle, Gallagher, Kane, Tessmer, Schafer, and Hunt. Concurrent Muscle Hurt and Perceived Exertion of Children during Resistance Exercise. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2009, 41(5): 1146-1154.
Robertson, R.J., Goss, F.G., Aaron, D.J., Gairola, A., Kowallis, R.A., Liu, Y., Randall, C., Tessmer, K.A., Schnorr, T., Schroeder, A., and White, B. (2008). One repetition maximum prediction models for children using the OMNI RPE Scale. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 22(1), 196-201.
Andreacci, J.L., Robertson, R.J., Goss, F.L., Randall, C., Tessmer, K.A., Nagle, E.F. and Gallagher, K.A. (2004). Frequency of Verbal Encouragement Effects Sub-Maximal Exertional Perceptions During Exercise Testing in Young Adult Women. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 2004. 35:1-17.
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