Who We Are @ The Strong She PhD

Let us introduce ourselves. The Strong She PhD was founded in 2019 by Dr. Kristen C. Snyman (formerly Cochrane) and Dr. Vanessa Moreno (formerly Cazas).

Dr. Snyman earned her PhD from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a focus in Exercise Physiology and her Masters in Kinesiology with a focus in Exercise Physiology and Strength and Conditioning from California State University, Fullerton. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology and Doctoral Program Lead at Concordia University, Chicago. She has formerly taught at Fresno State University. Dr. Snyman is a certified strength and conditioning coach *with distinction through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and an editor for their flagship journal, The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. She has over 40 peer-reviewed publications and consistently presents new, original research at regional and national conferences. Dr. Snyman has a variety of research interests, but the mediators of the perception of effort during exercise and mechanisms underlying neuromuscular fatigue and adaptations to resistance training are her primary specialities. When she isn’t teaching and conducting research, she can be found chasing after her toddler, relaxing with her husband, or running around with her two Aussies.

Dr. Moreno earned her PhD from Concordia University, Chicago in Leadership, Health and Human Performance and has her Masters in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton with a focus in Strength & Conditioning. Dr. Moreno is also an NSCA certified strength and conditioning coach *with distinction and holds a USA Weightlifting coach level 1 certification. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Tennessee State University and the NSCA State Director for Tennessee. Dr. Moreno is an active practitioner and teacher who focuses on applied strength & conditioning research and athletic performance programming. When she isn’t teaching or in the weight room, she is working with her husband and his business “Strength Republic” in the Nashville region of Tennessee, showing her toddler how to deadlift, and working on her gymnastic skills.

Both Dr. Snyman and Moreno have experience as coaches & trainers, researchers, educators, and moms. They came together to provide a platform for scientifically based content that can apply to the everyday person and to provide an example of strong women in stem.

The Strong She PhD was founded by two strong women, but the goal of the platform is to be an inclusive showcase for all the strong, powerful, and empowered professionals in our field and to reduce the misconceptions and unsupported practices related to: fitness, health, nutrition, and injury rehab. We will be hosting a variety of professionals and practitioners from all corners of our field through this blog and podcast.

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