EASIL Doctoral Students and Research Coordinators
Andrea Baellow received her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training in 2015 from High Point University, and her Master’s of Education in Kinesiology with a concentration in Athletic Training in 2016. Andrea is currently continuing her passion for understanding human movement in athletes and active populations in pursuing her doctorate in Kinesiology, with a concentration in Sports Medicine. Her primary research is focused on understanding what predisposes people to patellofemoral pain, and what aspects are modifiable in order to treat these patients successfully with rehabilitation. Specifically, she is interested in identifying subgroups of clinically identified factors in patients with patellofemoral pain.
Stephan Bodkin is a current doctoral student within the Exercise and Sports Injury Laboratory at the University of Virginia. Stephan received his Bachelor’s of Science from James Madison University in 2015 and graduated from the Post-Professional Athletic Training Master’s program at the University of Virginia in 2016. Desired to further his knowledge within sports medicine research, Stephan remained at the University to pursue his doctoral degree. Stephan’s primary research is directed towards functional consequences following musculoskeletal injury. Specifically, he is interested in neurophysiological adaptations observed following ACL-Reconstruction and providing evidence-based recommendations to safely return individuals to activity. In addition to his research within the lab, Stephan is involved with teaching undergraduate courses of musculoskeletal anatomy and clinical biomechanics.
Katie Carr graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Global Public Health. She is currently participating in the Trinity Fellows Program, which is a leadership development program for recent college graduates. Through Trinity Fellows, Katie is working as a research coordinator within EaSIL. During her time at UVA, Katie cultivated a desire to serve others through involvement with Relay for Life (American Cancer Society), the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and the Charlottesville Free Clinic. At the Free Clinic, she engaged with Spanish-speaking patients and created a more welcoming environment. Through an internship at an education and outreach organization, the Center for Christian Study, she fostered hospitality and inclusivity to unite students from diverse backgrounds. She also worked as a counselor at Kanakuk Kamps, studied healthcare systems at University College Oxford, England, and conducted research in a comparative oncology lab at the University of Florida. She plans to pursue a career in the health sciences.
Revay Corbett earned her B.S./M.S. in Athletic Training and Exercise from LIU-Brooklyn Campus. Revay is a Certified Athletic Trainer, whom is licensed in the states of Virginia and New York. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the Sports Medicine program. Her research interests include lateral ankle sprains, chronic ankle instability, and their impact on quality of life, as well as the role fear and confidence play in return from lower extremity injury. Revay previously served as the Clinical Research Coordinator for the Foot and Ankle Division of the Orthopaedic Surgery department in UVA Health System. Revay has also worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of African-American Affairs and in the Office of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Affairs. She co-founded Shades of Sisterhood, which serves as a place for Black Female Graduate and Professional students to fellowship over shared experiences in Higher Education. Revay enjoys continuing her passion for sports medicine, athletics and higher education.
Alexandra DeJong received her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016, and completed her Master’s in Education in Kinesiology with a focus in Athletic Training from the University of Virginia in 2017. Alexandra is currently pursuing her doctorate in the Department of Kinesiology in Sports Medicine with the goal of continuing in academia. Her current research interests include quantifying gait mechanics using wearable technology, and looking at the effects of gait-training interventions on individuals with running-related injuries. Additionally, she has utilized musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging to investigate proximal muscle adaptations in lower extremity injury populations. Alexandra is a board certified and licensed Athletic Trainer in the state of Virginia, and is currently a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. She currently serves as a research assistant in the Exercise and Sports Injury Laboratory, and is a teaching assistant in the Department of Kinesiology for undergraduate courses.
Nicholas Erdman graduated from Shenandoah University in 2013 with an undergraduate degree in University Studies and minors in Kinesiology, Biology, and Psychology. Nicholas completed his Master’s of Science in Athletic Training at Shenandoah University in 2015, completing a thesis that investigated the prevalence and severity of depression-like symptoms in collegiate student-athletes. He completed clinical work as an athletic training student at Winchester City Public Schools, Fairfax County Public Schools, Bucknell University (football), and Shepherd University (baseball). During the master’s program, he also completed coursework and was awarded certification by the International Society of Sports Nutrition (C-ISSN). Upon graduation, Nicholas served as an athletic trainer for the women’s soccer, men’s and women’s wrestling, and men’s lacrosse programs at Ferrum College. Nicholas is currently completing doctoral studies in the Ph.D. in Kinesiology/Sports Medicine program at the University of Virginia. He served as the athletic trainer for the wrestling program at the University of Virginia during the first two years of the doctoral program and has been assisting in teaching courses in contemporary health and sports nutrition. His primary research focus has been psychometric properties of current clinical evaluation tools for sports-related concussion and investigation of dual-task performance of high school and collegiate student-athletes.
Natalie Kramer graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Lacrosse in 2011 with an undergraduate degree in athletic training. She continued her studies at the University of Virginia earning her M.Ed. in Athletic Training. During her time at Virginia, she studied thigh musculature in injured track and field athletes using clinical measurements and MRI. After UVA, Natalie moved to Chicago and began work at Northwestern University with the football and cross country teams. For the last five years, she was based in the Northwestern student health center providing athletic training services to the general student population. In 2018, Natalie returned to UVA to begin her doctoral studies. Her primary research interest is in wearable sensor technologies in relation in injury prevention. As part of her assignment, she also serves as the athletic trainer for women’s volleyball. When she isn’t hanging around Mem Gym, you can find Natalie with her husband, Ryan, and english bulldog, Bodie, usually watching hockey and eating take out.
Rachel (Koldenhoven) Rolfe is a doctoral candidate within the Exercise and Sports Injury Laboratory at the University of Virginia. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Illinois State University in 2014 and her Post-Professional Master’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Virginia in 2015. Her dissertation is titled “Visual Biofeedback and Impairment-Based Rehabilitation for Chronic Ankle Instability.” Her research areas are focused on rehabilitation following lateral ankle, gait biomechanics, and use of wearable technology to quantify running mechanics. Rachel served as the clinical research coordinator for UVA Orthopaedics in Pediatrics during the first 3 years of her doctoral studies and now serves as a research assistant for the Exercise and Sports Injury Laboratory. She has been the instructor for Gross Cadaver Anatomy and Emergency Medical Care.
Xavier Thompson received his Bachelor's of Science degree in Athletic Training from The Ohio State University in 2015. In order to improve within his craft he obtained a Master's of Science in Athletic Training from the post-professional program at the University of Kentucky while working as an athletic trainer for UK athletics. After working in an outpatient physical therapy clinic for a year, he joined the Exercise and Sports Injury Lab as a research coordinator working with Dr. Jacob Resch.
Sam Walton is currently a 4th year Doctoral Candidate in Sports Medicine and is investigating the metabolic, clinical, and psychosocial outcomes in athletes and community members following concussion. The working title of his dissertation is, “The Physiologic and Psychological Effects of Concussion.” Sam received his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Southern Maine in 2008. Following this, he worked as an athletic trainer at the University of Maine until 2012, when he and his wife decided to pursue their Masters degrees at the University of Virginia. Sam completed his Post-Professional Masters of Education in Athletic Training in 2013 while working as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. Sam then worked clinically for 2 more years at Longwood University, and ultimately returned to the University of Virginia in 2015 to pursue his doctoral degree. During this time, Sam was a graduate assistant athletic trainer with the National Champion men’s tennis program in 2015-16, he has helped to coordinate baseline and post-injury concussion assessments for all UVA varsity athletes, he has served as an instructor and teaching assistant for Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Neuroscience of Exercise courses in the Department of Kinesiology, and he has served as a research mentor with a dozen masters and undergraduate students. After completing his doctoral degree, Sam will continue his concussion research with the goal of improving recovery outcomes and patient experiences, and he hopes to continue teaching and mentoring students as an assistant professor.