Katherine Morrison, PhD, LAT, ATC

Katherine Morrison, PhD, LAT, ATC

  • Title: Professor/Chairperson
  • Location: Stuzebecker HSC 216
  • Email: KMorrison@wcupa.edu
  • Phone: 610-436-3293


My philosophy has always been to challenge students in the classroom with the overall goal of increasing their competence and confidence. Preparing students for the profession of athletic training requires substantial efforts and practice in and out of the classroom. I am an active clinician that is still practicing as an athletic trainer and I demonstrate to my students the importance of continual engagement and lifelong learning.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biomechanics and Movement Science, University of Delaware, 2009
  • Master of Science in Health Education, James Madison University, 2004
  • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, West Chester University, 2002

Research Interests

  • Thermoregulation in Exercise
  • Heat Illness Prevention and Management
  • Pathophysiology of Exertional Heat Stroke
  • Foot and Ankle Mechanics
  • Gait Alterations and Lower Extremity Injury


  • Morrison KE, Desai Natasha, McGuigan C, Lennon M, Fowkes Godek S. The Effects of Intravenous Cold Saline on Hyperthermic Athletes. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. 28(6): 293-499, 2018.
  • McClelland J, Fowkes Godek S, Chlad P, Morrison KE. The Effects of Cardiovascular Fitness and Body Composition on Maximal Core Temperature in Collegiate Football Players During Pre-Season. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 32(6): 1662-1670, 2018.
  • Morrison KE, Fowkes Godek S, Marcinek T. Serum Creatine Kinase Levels in Division II NCAA Football Players During Pre-Season. Athletic Training and Sports Health Care. 9 (5), 217-224, 2017.
  • Fowkes Godek S, Scullin G, Morrison KE. Differences in Cooling Rates between Exercise-Induced Hyperthermic Football Linemen and Cross-County Runners using Cold Water Immersion. Journal of Athletic Training. 52(7), 2017
  • Morrison KE, Davis IS, Dierks TA, Richards JG, Royer TD, Hudson DJ, Kaminski TW. Plantar pressure distributions during a running gait in subjects with chronic ankle instability. Foot and Ankle International. 31(11), 994-1000, 2010.


  • College of Health Sciences Faculty Research Award. "The Influence of Injury History and Arch Height/Stiffness on Patient Reported Outcomes over the Course of a Competitive Season in Track." Co-Principal Investigator, Submitted March 2018
  • College of Health Sciences Student Faculty Research Award. "The Effects of Drinking to Thirst Versus a Schedule While Running Continuously." Co-Principal Investigator, Funded $2000.00 – November 2017
  • College of Health Sciences Student Faculty Research Grant. "The Differences in Core Temperature and Heart Rate Between Collegiate American Football Backs and Linemen During Pre-Season." Co-Principal Investigator, Funded $1000.00 – March 2016.
  • Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society Supported Research Grant. "Physical Activity Levels, Patient Reported Outcomes, Landing Mechanics, and Plantar Pressure Comparisons in Physically Active College Students with and without a Knee Injury History." Co-Principal Investigator, Funded: $3300.00 – June 2016.
  • Bob and Jennifer McNeil College of Health Sciences Initiative. "Core temperature and body mass changes in professional football players during pre-season practices at multiple training camp sites and in different environmental conditions." Principal Investigator, Funded: $35,456.33 – June 2010.


  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Licensed Athletic Trainer (2006 - present)
  • BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (2002 - present)
  • American Safety & Health Institute Instructor (2006 - present)
  • Outstanding Advisor Award Recipient - 2018, 2019
  • Honors College Outstanding Faculty Recipient – Spring 2015


  • Association for Athletic Training Education (2019-present)
  • National Athletic Trainers' Association (2001-present)
  • Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association (2001-present)
  • Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society (2006-present)

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