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Health Sciences

Meet the Faculty and Staff

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Kyle McInnis, PhD, Department Chair

Professor and Chair
Department of Health Sciences 
Merrimack Athletic Complex
978-837-3590
Email: mcinnisk@merrimack.edu
 
Dr. Kyle McInnis is a nationally recognized educator, researcher, and leader in the field of exercise science. His professional expertise involves the role of physical activity for improving health and preventing chronic diseases. Dr. McInnis professional background involves leadership with many prestigious health-related organizations. See Dr. McInnis’ full profile

 

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Andrew Cannon, PT, MHS, SCS, CSCS

Adjunct Lecturer, Team Physical Therapist  
Department of Health Sciences
Merrimack Athletic Complex
Director of Sports Medicine, Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network
Email: cannona@merrimack.edu 

Andrew Cannon is a 1982 graduate of Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. In 1997, he received his Masters of Orthopedic Health Science from the University of Indianapolis. In 1999, he became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has been the Director of Sports Medicine for See Andrew Cannon’s full profile

 

imageHeather Carr, MEd, ATC

Assistant Athletic Trainer/Lecturer, Athletic Training Education Program Department of Health Sciences
Merrimack Athletic Complex
978-837-5581
Email: carrh@merrimack.edu

Heather Carr enters her second year as an assistant athletic trainer/lecturer at Merrimack College after joining the Health Sciences Department in August 2010. Carr’s duties include being an approved clinical instructor to the athletic training majors on campus and she teaches the following courses in the Sports Medicine / Athletic… See Heather Carr’s full profile

 

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Michael Corcoran, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Sciences
Merrimack Athletic Complex
978-837-5584
Email: corcoranm@merrimack.edu

Dr. Corcoran is an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences. He received his PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism with a concentration in Exercise Physiology from Tufts University in 2010. Following this, Dr. Corcoran served as a research associate at Tufts University, leading a community-led study that investigated the effects… See Dr. Corcoran’s full profile

 

imageAllan DelValle Jr., MBA, MS, ATC, CSCS               

Head Athletic Trainer/Lecturer
Athletic Training Education Program
Department of Health Sciences
Merrimack Athletic Complex
978-837-5248
Email: delvallea@merrimack.edu 

Allan DelValle joined the Department of Health Sciences and became the Head Athletic Trainer for the Sports Medicine staff in August of 2011. He has a dual role as manager of the clinical athletic training staff, which is responsible for the overall healthcare of the athletes on Merrimack College’s 22 varsity athletic teams, as well as teaching within the … See Allan DelValle’s full profile                     

 

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Courtenay Dunn-Lewis, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Sciences
Merrimack Athletic Complex
978-837-5583
Email: dunnlewisc@merrimack.edu

Dr. Dunn-Lewis specializes in the physiology of resistance exercise. Research includes basic science (including neurophysiology and biochemistry); evidence-based approaches to safe and effective resistance exercise programming for the advancement of health and performance; and the interface of resistance exercise with nutrition. This expertise directly impacts training strategies for … See Dr. Dunn-Lewis’ full profile

 

imageKevin Finn, EdD, ATC, CSCS

Associate Professor
Department of Health Sciences
Merrimack Athletic Complex
978-837-3443
Email: finnk@merrimack.edu

Dr. Kevin Finn is an Associate Professor of Health Sciences and Sport Medicine. He teaches Anatomy and Physiology I lecture and laboratory, Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries, Research Methods in Sports Medicine, Administration in Sports Medicine, Introduction to Physical Activity, Fitness, and Wellness, and Directed Research. Kevin received his… See Dr. Finn’s full profile

 




imageKathleen FitzPatrick, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Health Sciences 
Merrimack Athletic Complex
978-837-5354
Email: fitzpatrickk@merrimack.edu

Dr. Kathleen FitzPatrick is an Associate Professor of Health Sciences. She teaches Anatomy and Physiology, Human Physiology, Human Pathophysiology Exercise Physiology and Public Health. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology/Chemistry from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and the Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of … See Dr. FitzPatrick’s full profile

 

imageDennis Fontaine, MS, ATC

Clinical Coordinator
Athletic Training Education Program
Department of Health Sciences
Merrimack Athletic Complex
978-837-5212
Email: fontained@merrimack.edu

Dennis Fontaine serves as the Clinical Coordinator for the ATEP. In his role he is responsible for overseeing the clinical education plan, placing students in clinical rotations, and evaluating clinical instructors and sites. In addition to his duties as the Clinical Coordinator, Dennis teaches the following courses in the Sports… See Dennis Fontaine’s full profile

 

imageBirgid Hopkins, MS

Director Sports Medicine
Athletic Training Education Program
Department of Health Sciences
Merrimack Athletic Complex
978-837-5332
Email: hopkinsb@merrimack.edu

Birgid Hopkins has been the Director of Sports Medicine for 15 years. She teaches in the program, serves as an academic advisor for Sports Medicine and Athletic Training majors and the Sports Medicine Internship coordinator. She is a certified member of the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers (BOC), an.. See Birgid Hopkin’s full profile

 

imageLeah Poloskey, PhD, ATC, LAT, CSCS

Clinical Instructor
Athletic Training Education Program
Department of Health Sciences
Merrimack Athletic Complex
978-837-5071
Email: pouliotl@merrimack.edu

Dr. Leah Poloskey received her PhD in Teaching and Administration, and her Master’s in Strength and Conditioning from Springfield College. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of New England in Athletic Training. She currently serves as the Clinical Instructor in the Athletic Training Education Program in the Health… See Dr. Poloskey’s full profile

 

imageMarcia Walsh, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Health Sciences 
Merrimack Athletic Complex
978-837-5249
Email: walshm@merrimack.edu

Dr. Marcia Walsh is an Associate Professor of Health Sciences with teaching responsibilities in Clinical Microbiology and Nutrition Science.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Stonehill College, the Ph.D. in Biological Science from the University of Rhode Island, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  Her recent research interests focus on …. See Dr. Walsh’s full profile

 

imageZi Yan, PhD, MPH, MEd

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Sciences 
Merrimack Athletic Complex
978-837-5435
Email: YanZ@merrimack.edu

Dr. Zi Yan is an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences. She received her PhD in Exercise and Sport Sciences (Sport and Exercise Psychology concentration) and a concurrent degree of MPH in Health Behavior and Health Promotion from Oregon State University in 2012. She received her MEd in Developmental Kinesiology from … See Dr. Yan’s full profile

 




imageLindsey Mattos, BS

Program and Lab Manager
Department of Health Sciences 
Merrimack Athletic Complex
978-837-5023
Email: mattosl@merrimack.edu

Lindsey supports the Chair in the organization and management of the academic, personnel, assessment, and financial functions of the undergraduate and future graduate programs. She also contributes to the efficient administrative operations of the Department, with a focus on coordination of the … See Lindsey Mattos’ full profile

 


Jessica Molignano, BS, MEd

Student Services Coordinator
Department of Health Sciences 
Merrimack Athletic Complex
978-837-5586
Email:Molignanoj@merrimack.edu

See Jessica Molignano’s full profile