Dr. Matthew P. Rearick

Associate Professor
Department: Health and Human Performance
Office: 215 Alumni Gymnasium
Phone: 375-2032



Dr. Rearick joined the department in 2005. He received a B.S. in Biology from Shippensburg University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Rearick also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship (funded through the National Institutes of Health) in the Department of Kinesiology at Arizona State University

Course List

Research & Teaching Interests:

His research and teaching interests include exercise science, motor behavior and control, and motor development and learning

Scholarly Activities:

His scholarly activity is multi-faceted and includes recent research, presentations and/or papers on overtraining in young athletes (w/ J. Buriak & J. Creasy); physiology, psychology and mechanics of hiking pole use; programs and issues related to childhood obesity; mental toughness (w/ J. Creasy); and integrating biology topics into the physics laboratory (w/ DB Poli & M. Fleenor). Past research included examining multi-digit grasping in humans

Dr. Rearick also serves as a grant consultant and outside evaluator for federal, state and foundation-based grants, primarily in education (K - higher ed) and health.


Running, Mountain Biking, Kayaking ... among many other activites;
Music (Piano/Guitar/Vocal);
And Reading (especially topics outside my area of expertise)

Recent Publications:

See articles in these journals:
Journal of Neurophysiology, Experimental Neurology, Cognitive Brain Research, Experimental Brain Research, Clinical Neurophysiology, Motor Control, Scholastic Coach, The Virginia Journal