Dr. Melissa Whidden is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate level Exercise Physiology related courses in the Exercise Science and Physical Education disciplines.
Dr. Whidden earned a BS in Exercise Science and her MS in Applied Physiology from SUNY Buffalo and a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Florida. She completed a three year post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Florida before coming to West Chester University in 2011.
Her main research interests include the role of oxidative stress with age and muscle atrophy, ergogenic aids for improved exercise performance, and high intensity interval training.
Dr. Whidden has contributed to 20 plus peer-reviewed journal publications and has published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, CHEST, and the Journal of Hypertension. Dr. Whidden serves as a reviewer for various scientific journals and is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine.
In her free time, she enjoys watching football (Go Buffalo Bills) and spending time outdoors with her husband, son, and daughter.