Kinesiology & Health

Faculty & Staff

College of Education, Health, and Society

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Dr. Helaine Alessio, FACSM

Position:Chair and Professor

Degree: PhD - University of Maryland, 1986

              M.S. - Ithaca College, 1983

              B.S. - Rutgers University, Douglass

                       College, 1981          

Area: Kinesiology

Office: 106B Phillips Hall

Phone:(513) 529-2700

Fax: (513) 529-5006

Vita: Current


Scholarly Interests :

Dr. Alessio’s research interests include investigating gene expressions and health-related phenotypes such as tumor growth, blood lipids, and oxidative stress, in animals comparing physically active and sedentary models. Her collaborative research with Dr. Ann Hagerman (Chemistry and Biochemistry) has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, and the National Cancer Institute. She also collaborates with Drs. Kathleen Hutchinson and Susan Baker-Brehm on speech, hearing, and exercise research using human models.


Courses Taught:

KNH 188 Exercise and Health

KNH 468/568 Physiological and Biophysical Aspects of Human Activity

KNH 482 Exercise in the Management of Chronic Disease

KNH 682 Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Science

KNH 685 Exercise, Age, and Health


Recent publications include:

1. Kutchinson, K.M. and Alessio, H.M. Examination of the Associations between Cardiovascular Health and Hearing: Comparative and Historical Perspectives. Canadian Journal of Audiology. In Press.

2. Simonsen, M.L., Alessio, H.M., White, P., Newsome, D.L. and Hagerman, A.E. 2010. Acute physical activity effects on cardiac gene expression. Experimental Physiology. 95: 1071-1080.

3. Hutchinson, K.M., Alessio, H.M., Baiduc, R.R. 2010. Association between cardiovascular health and hearing function: Pure-tone and distortion product otoacoustic emission measures. American Journal of Audiology, 19: 26-35. [Earned the honor of the #1 most frequently read articles out of the top 50 in the American Journal of Audiology]

4. Alessio, H.M., Schweitzer, N.B., Snedden, A., and Hagerman, A.E. Spontaneous tumor development is reduced in laboratory rats given access to physical activity and exercise. 2009. Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, 48: 1-5.

5. Baker, S.E., Hipp, J., and Alessio, H.M. 2008. Ventilation and speech characteristics during sub-maximal aerobic exercise. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 51: 1203-1214.



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