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Michael Rebold, Ph.D.

Program Director and Assistant Professor of Integrative Exercise Science

Michael Rebold is an assistant professor of the Integrative Exercise Science program specializing in pediatric exercise physiology, behavioral medicine, and human/sport performance. He is actively involved in the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Both organization’s promotes and integrates scientific research, education, and practical applications of exercise science to maintain and enhance the quality of life and performance of all individuals. He enjoys collaborating with students on independent research and getting them involved in the research process, as this allows students to gain valuable and practical hands-on experiences.


  • B.A., Baldwin Wallace University
  • M.S., The University of Akron
  • PH.D., Kent State University

Research Interests

Michael’s current research focus has primarily focused on factors that affect an individual’s motivation to participate in physical activity. This includes examining the effects of technology and peer influence on the decision to participate in physical or sedentary activities. Michael’s recent publications that have examined the effects of cell phone use on exercise have received a great deal of attention in the media and have been cited in Time, WebMD, Science Friday, and Runner’s World.

Selected Publications

  • Rebold, MJ, Croall, CA, Cumberledge, EA, Sheehan, TP, Dirlam, MT. The impact of different cell phone functions and their effects on postural stability. Performance Enhancement & Health: doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.peh.2016.11.004, 2016.
  • Rebold, MJ, Lepp, A, Kobak, MS, McDaniel, J, Barkley, JE. The effect of parental involvement on children’s physical activity. The Journal of Pediatrics 170: doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2015.11.072, 206-210, 2016.
  • Rebold, MJ, Sheehan, T, Dirlam, M, Maldonado, T, O’Donnell, D. The impact of cell phone texting on the amount of time spent exercising at different intensities. Computers in Human Behavior 55(Part A): doi:10.1016/j.chb.2015.09.005, 167-171, 2016.
  • Rebold, MJ, Lepp, A, Sanders, GJ, Barkley, JE. The impact of cell phone use on the intensity and liking of a bout of treadmill exercise. PLOS ONE 10(5): e0125029. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0125029, 2015.
  • Rebold, MJ, Kobak, MS, Otterstetter, R. The influence of a tabata interval-training program using an aquatic underwater treadmill on various performance variables. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research 12(27): 3419-3425, 2013.

Fun Facts

  • Former strength and conditioning coach with the Cleveland Browns
  • Favorite sport to play is ultimate frisbee

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