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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
    Jessica Wallace, Ph. D
  Nicole Mullins, Ph.D.



Nicole Mullins, Ph.D.,             ACSM EP-C, NSCA CSCS

nmullins AT ysu DOT edu

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

Department of Human Performance & Exercise Science


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)