JoEllen Sefton


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Office: 291 Kinesiology Building

Units: School of Kinesiology

Campus Mail: 301 Wire Road


Phone: (334) 844-1694

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Academic Areas

Exercise Science


Physical Activity and Health


Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Biology, 2007, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

M.S. in Exercise Science/Athletic Training, 2003, Central Connecticut State University

Certification in Therapeutic Massage, 1995, Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy

B.S. in Zoology, 1982, Ohio University

Professional Experience

2018 - Present

Professor, Auburn University

2007 - 2018

Assistant/Associate Professor, Auburn University

2005 - 2007

Doctoral Fellow/Instructor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

2003 - 2005

Doctoral Fellow/Instructor, Indiana State University

2001 - 2003

Assistant Athletic Trainer, University of New Haven

Teaching Interests

  • Tactical athlete performance
  • Injury prevention
  • Recovery and health

Research Interests

The goal of much of my work is to expand our knowledge of how massage therapy and other therapies influence physiological and functional processes, with the goal of providing evidence/science-based knowledge to therapists that improves clinical outcomes. In my role as the Warrior Research Center director, I work to improve force readiness, through improving the health, wellness and performance of tactical athletes while reducing injury. There is a great deal of crossover between these two areas, and we work with many different holistic methods and technologies to improve performance, reduce injury, speed healing, and improve overall health and wellness. Musculoskeletal pain is a common issue with my population.  Finding ways to evaluate, reduce and treat pain is a common theme in our research. Finally, as a professor I see student training and mentorship as my most important responsibility as a Professor. I feel strongly that students need to be trained to be independent researchers, building skills that will enable them to build a laboratory and conduct independent research when they graduate. Thus, my students are fully involved in all of my work and a critical part of our team and our success.


  Neuromechanics Lab - Dr. JoEllen Sefton

  Published Work