Department of Health and Human Performance

Department of Health and Human Performance

What We Do:

We educate students in the study of human movement as related to exercise and human performance. The department promotes and integrates scientific research and education on the effects and benefits of exercise.

We are dedicated to the delivery of programs and coursework that promote health, facilitate rehabilitation, encourage disease prevention, and enhance overall human performance.

How We Stand Out:

  • One of the fastest growing areas of study at The University of Scranton
  • Required courses in nutrition
  • Labs are integrated into classwork
  • Community based learning projects focusing on community outreach
  • Excellent lab facilities with cadaver lab
  • New $47.5 million, state-of-the-art facility, Leahy Hall opened Fall 2015
  • Jesuit Education inspires reflection and a deeper level of thinking


  • Kinesiology, BS - Dedicated to the scientific inquiry of physical activity and exercise as they affect human performance across a spectrum of settings and populations.
  • Community Health Education / Health Promotion BS - A multidisciplinary approach to community health that focuses on preparing health educators to enable individuals, groups and communities to achieve personal, environmental and social health.
  • Coaching Concentration - Based on the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) the coaching concentration helps meet the needs of those who wish to coach and work more effectively with young athletes from youth through interscholastic sports.
  • Nutrition Science Concentration - Designed to increase the knowledge base of the depth and implications of nutritional problems and their effects on chronic illnesses.

Meet Our Faculty:

Our faculty members represent a diverse range of backgrounds and specialties, including:

  • Anatomy
  • Athletic Training
  • Biomechanics
  • Community Health
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition
  • Strength & Conditioning

Professors are experts and enthusiastic educators in their areas of interest. Adjunct professors working in related fields bring additional support to the full-time faculty.

Paul T. Cutrufello Ph.D

Paul T. Cutrufello Ph.D


Associate Professor/ Department Chair/Kinesiology Program Director

B.S., The Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Bloomsburg University
Ph.D., Marywood University

Phone: 570-941-5841
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Dr. Debra L. Fetherman Ph.D, MCHES, ACSM EP-C, ACSM EP-C

Dr. Debra L. Fetherman Ph.D, MCHES, ACSM EP-C, ACSM EP-C

Community Health Education / Health Promotion Program Director

B.S., Ohio University
M.S., University of Central Arkansas
Ph.D., Marywood University

Phone: 570-941-7111
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Joan A. Cebrick Grossman Ph.D, RDN

Joan A. Cebrick Grossman Ph.D, RDN

Associate Professor

B.S., King’s College
M.S., Colorado State University
Ph.D., Marywood University

Phone: 570-941-4721
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Michael Landram Ph.D

Michael Landram Ph.D

Assistant Professor

B.S., Truman State University
M.S., Appalachian State University
Ph.D. University of Rome "Foro Italico"

Phone: 570-941-4425
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Andrew C. Venezia Ph.D

Andrew C. Venezia Ph.D

Assistant Professor

B.S., Bloomsburg University
M.S., Bloomsburg University
Ph.D., Neuroscience & Cognitive Science, University of Maryland

Phone: 570-941-6745
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Joseph K. Pellegrino, Ph.D

Joseph K. Pellegrino, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

B.S., Rutgers University
M.S., University of Montana, Missoula
Ph.D., Rutgers University

Phone: 570-941-4559
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Andrew Stranieri

Andrew Stranieri


B.S., The College of New Jersey
M.S., The University of Rhode Island

Phone: 570-941-6481
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Inside the Classroom:

  • Challenging and rigorous academics
  • Service learning projects embedded in class requirements
  • Hands-on, laboratory experience

New Facility

Leahy Hall, the new $47.5 million, eight story home for the undergraduate and graduate departments of exercise science, occupational therapy and physical therapy, has 25 state-of-the-art laboratories, nine traditional and active-learning classrooms, nine group study rooms, more than 50 faculty offices and multiple simulation environments.

The new building is designed to facilitate research, expand service-learning projects, and put the best simulation environments, applied-science laboratories, equipment and technology directly in the hands of students and faculty. Learn more.

Student Research:

The department is committed to the advancement of knowledge in Kinesiology. Faculty research in contemporary topics gives students the opportunity to work alongside experts.

Kinesiology majors are often represented during the Universitys annual Celebration of Student Scholars, recognizing scholarly work through poster and verbal presentations. Students also present this research at local and national conferences such as the American College of Sports Medicines (ACSM) annual conference.

Career Outcomes:

Scranton graduates with kinesiology degrees work in diverse positions in a variety of programs including:

  • Corporate wellness
  • Community/hospital wellness programs
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
  • Research Centers
  • Athletic teams (strength and conditioning specialists)

Graduate Study:

Approximately 85% of kinesiology graduates continue their studies. The largest percentage continues into the DPT (Doctorate of Physical Therapy) program at the University of Scranton. Others pursue study in areas including:

  • Physician's assistant
  • Clinical exercise physiology
  • Medicine
  • Biology
  • Physiology
  • Exercise science
  • Biomechanics


Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

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