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Bitonte College of Health and Human Services
  Faculty and Staff
    Frank J. Bosso, Ph.D.
    Sara Michaliszyn, Ph.D.
    Nicole Mullins, Ph.D.
      HPES 2625: Pedagogical Aspects of Exercise Science
    Jennifer A. Pintar, Ph.D., MPH
    Richard Walker, M.A. Ed.
  Nicole Mullins, Ph.D.


Nicole Mullins, Ph.D., HFS, CSCS

Associate Professor
Department of Human Performance & Exercise Science

nmullins AT ysu DOT edu

330-941-1905 office
330-941-2280 fax


Ph.D. Exercise Physiology, Kent State University,  Kent, OH 2002
Dissertation:  The effects of resistance training and protein supplementation on bone turnover in young adult women

M.A. Exercise Physiology, Kent State University, Kent, OH 1997
Thesis:  The effects of body composition on the incidence of injury and illness in Division I female collegiate gymnasts 

B.S. Exercise Science, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 1994
InternshipNational Institute for Fitness & Sport (NIFS), Indianapolis, IN



Dr. Mullins is an Associate Professor of Exercise Science, in the Department of Human Performance and Exercise Science (HPES).  She is certified by the ACSM, as a Health Fitness Specialist (HFS), and by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).  Dr. Mullins oversees, as faculty advisor, YSU's Exercise Science Club (YESC), whose mission is: "To enhance of the education of students majoring in exercise science, by providing opportunities for professional growth, leadership development, and fellowship."  The club engages in wide variety of scholarly, service, social, and fun activities.



Dr. Mullins' primary research interests involve:

  •  sports-specific training
  •  body composition & performance
  •  bone health
  •  gender socialization effects on physical activity & athletic competency
  •  psychology of sport, exercise, & health-related behaviors
  •  pedagogical aspects of exercise science


Dr. Mullins’ is has an extensive history in competitive athletics and continues to compete and participate in many sports.  She has competed nationally and intercollegiately in gymnastics, and is a 2012 inductee into the University of New Hampshire Athletic Hall of Fame for gymnastics.  In the past six years, she has competed in 23 sprint triathlons, 21 running races, 10 obstacle course challenges, two biathlons, one Marine fitness challenge, one pump n' run, and one bike race.  She has competed at either state or local levels in tennis, cross-country running, golf, and bowling, and she also enjoys hiking, rock climbing, resistance training, dancing, slalom water skiing...  She loves both the personal challenges involved in training for various events, and the rewards of helping others learn about and train optimally for their athletic endeavors.  She has recently published an article on obstacle course training and competition...  check it out below and give a race a try!  


  • Mullins NM.  (In press).  The insidious influence of gender socialization on females’ physical activity: Rethink pink.  The Physical Educator.   
  • Sanders S, Mullins N, Zetts M.  (2013).  Tales from an urban multipurpose trail: One and a half miles of wellness.  Int J Health Wellness Soc, 2(3), 163-178.  
  • Mullins NM.  (2012).  Obstacle Course Challenges: History, Popularity, Performance Demands, Effective Training, and Course Design.  JEPonline, 15(2), 100-128.
  • Mullins NM, Tessmer KA, McCarroll M, Peppel B.  (2012).  Physiological and perceptual responses to Nintendo Wii Fit in young and older adults. International Journal of Exercise Science, 5(1), 79-92.
  • Otterstetter R, Buser S, Kappler R, Jurging T, Mullins N.  (2011).  A model for collaborative laboratory experiences between higher education and a high school technical preparation program: Promoting higher education, mentoring, and research.  Advances in Physiology Education, 35, 460-463.
  • Mullins NM.  (2009).  Regarding Leone et al.’s (2008), “Using the Transtheoretical Model to Explain Androgenic-Anabolic Steroid Use in Adolescents and Young Adults: Part One.”  Strength & Conditioning Journal, 31(3), 14-15.
  • Mullins NM.  (2007).  Slalom Water Skiing: Physiological Considerations and Specific Conditioning.  Strength & Conditioning Journal, 29(4), 42-54.
  • Mullins NM, Sinning WE.  (2005).  Effects of resistance training and protein supplementation on bone turnover in young adult women.  Nutrition & Metabolism, 2(1), pp. 17.
  • Ziegenfus TN, Rogers M, Lowery L, Mullins N, Mendel R, Antonio J, Lemon P.  (2002).  Effect of creatine loading on anaerobic performance and skeletal muscle volume in NCAA Division I athletes. Nutrition, 18(5), 397-402.
  • Lynn JS, Webber C, Mullins NM.  (2001).  Effects of varied handrail support on heart rate and metabolic cost of stair-stepping.  Abstract.  Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 33, S22.
  • Mullins NM, Sinning WE.  (1996).  Diagnostic utility of the body mass index as a measure of obesity in athletes and non-athletes.  Abstract.  Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 28, S193.


  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • Midwest American College of Sports Medicine (MWACAM)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)


“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”      Theodore Roosevelt  (1858-1919) 

“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.”      ~  John Ruskin  (1819-1900) 

“Destiny is no matter of chance.  It is a matter of choice.  It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”      ~  Williams Jennings Bryan  (1860-1925) 

“What lies behind us and lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”     Ralph Waldo Emerson  (1803-1882) 

“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”      Thomas Carlyle  (1795-1881) 

“The noblest search is the search for excellence.”     ~  Lyndon B. Johnson  (1908-1973) 

“Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.”  (Seize the day, put no trust in tomorrow).     Horace (65 BC-8 BC) 


SEE PHOTOS of HPES 2625: Pedagogical Aspects of Exercise ScienceHERE:

HPES 1528 - Summer 2014 - GiddyUp!! Triathlon

NORTHEAST OHIO EXERCISE SCIENCE CONFERENCE - APRIL 2014 - Kent State Unersity - environmental chamber  

HPES 1528 - Summer 2014 - Mill Creek Park - hill poker!! 

2nd Annual Northeast Ohio Exercise Science Conference, University of Akron, 2013

HPES 1528 - Spring 2012 - GiddyUp!! Triathlon

HPES 1528 - Spring 2012 - Workout @ Maxx Athletic Training

Faculty of the 1st Northeast Ohio Exercise Science Conference, Mount Union University, 2012

QUEST 2012


YESC @ Liberty Middle School Wellness Day 2011

YSU Exercise Science @ Midwest ACSM 2010

YSU Endure for the Cure 2012

FUN!!  Tough Mountain Challenge, Sunday River Maine 2012