Dr. Shannon Mathis

Assistant Professor, College of Education


301 Sparkman Drive
Wilson Hall
Room 321
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Shannon Mathis is an assistant professor of Kinesiology (Exercise Science) at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). She has authored and co-authored 20 journal papers on various health, rehabilitation, and exercise topics. She received her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Mississippi College, master’s degree in Mathematics from University of Tennessee, and PhD in Health and Human Performance from Middle Tennessee State University. She was a Staff Scientist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center before joining UAH in 2015. She has developed a research agenda that focuses on promoting exercise in persons with disability and improving bone health in a variety of individuals.

Dr. Shannon Mathis' Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Health and Human Performance, Middle Tennessee State University, 2011
  • M.S., Mathematics, The University of Tennessee, 2007
  • B.S., Mathematics, Mississippi College, 1998

Honors & Awards

  • The 2019 Howard R. Thranhardt Lecture Series Award of the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists
  • The 2018 University of Alabama in Huntsville Research and Creative Activity Mentor Award
  • Best Paper Award. May 2017. International Conference on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality. Dispelling the gorilla arm syndrome: The viability of prolonged gesture interactions
  • UAH Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award, 2017-2018
  • 2019 American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Thranhardt Lecture Series Award
  • 2020 NIH Rehabilitation Research Resource to Enhance Clinical Trials CTech Pilot Program (P2CHD086951)
  • 2018 UAH Individual Investigator Distinguished Research Program (IIDR)
  • 2017 UAH New Faculty Research Program
  • 2015 & 2016 UAH Cross-College Faculty Research Award


  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • USA Cycling Certified Level II Cycling Coach
  • National Interscholastic Cycling Association
  • Pi Mu Epsilon, Mathematics Honors Society
  • Vice President-Professional, Mathematics Association of America: Mississippi College
  • Member of American College of Sports Medicine since 2008 (ACSM)
  • Member of American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists since 2016 (AAOP)
  • Member of American Orthotist and Prosthetist Association 2017-2020 (AOPA)

Recent Publications

  • Alrefai H, Mathis SL, Hicks SM, Pivovarova AI, MacGregor GG. Salt and water balance after sweat loss: A study of Bikram yoga. Physiological Reports. Accepted October 10, 2020. In press. October 27, 2020.
  • Mathis SL, Pivovarova AI, Hicks SM, Alrefai H, MacGregor G. Calcium loss in sweat does not stimulate PTH release: A study of Bikram hot yoga. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 2020; 51:102417. Impact factor: 1.979
  • Coronado RA, Ehde DM, Pennings JS, Vanston SW, Koyama T, Phillips SE, Mathis SL, McGirt MJ, Spengler DM, Aaronson OS, Cheng JS, Devin CJ, Wegener ST, Archer KR. Psychosocial mechanisms of cognitive-behavioral-based physical therapy outcomes after spine surgery: preliminary findings from mediation analyses. Physical Therapy. In Press. April 22, 2020. Impact factor: 3.043
  • Mathis SL. Factors associated with mobility apprehension in persons with lower-limb amputation. Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics International. First published April 27, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309364620915017. Impact factor: 1.482
  • Mathis SL & Welch MW. A novel model to identify factors associated with mobility apprehension in persons with lower-limb amputation. Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics. In press. March 2, 2020.
  • Singh, H, Carter SJ, Mathis SL, Hunter GR. Combined Aerobic and Resistance Training Increases Stretch-Shortening Cycle Potentiation and Walking Economy in Postmenopausal Women. Frontiers in Physiology (Exercise Physiology section). November 28, 2019. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2019.01472
  • Hunter GR, Moellering DR, Windham ST, Mathis SL, Bamman MM, Fisher G. Relationship between VO2max, cycle economy & mitochondrial respiration in untrained/trained. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2019; 127(6): 1562-1568. https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.00223.2019
  • Singh H, Lein DH, Mathis SL, Davis RD. Interplay of factors affecting vibration transmission to skeleton during standing: a narrative review. International Journal of Applied Sports Science. 2018 June; 30(1).
  • Mesko NW, Wilson, RJ, Lawrenz JM, Mathieu JL, Ghiam MK, Mathis SL, Halpern JL, Schwartz HS, Holt GE. Pre-operative evaluation prior to soft tissue sarcoma excision – Why can’t we get it right? European Journal of Surgical Oncology. 2018 Feb; 44(2):243-250. Impact factor: 3.522
  • Mathis SL & Caputo JL. Resistance Training is Associated with Higher Lumbar Spine and Hip Bone Mineral Density in Competitive Male Cyclists. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2018 Jan; 32(1):274-279. Impact factor: 2.060