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Alissa Underhill

School of Life and Health Sciences

Department of Exercise and Sports Science


Ph.D. (Nutrition and Exercise Physiology), 2017, Washington State University
M.A.E. (Kinesiology), 2010, Stephen F. Austin State University
B.S. (Kinesiology), 2009, Washington State University

Dr. Underhill joined Olivet’s full-time faculty in 2017. She teaches courses in exercise physiology, kinesiology, exercise testing and prescription, and wellness. Her areas of specialty include disease state prevention, specifically diabetes prevention; metabolism and weight loss, exercise physiology, kinesiology, exercise testing and prescription, and wellness.

“I love the way God has designed our bodies and the ways we are able to glorify Him through our stewardship of what He has given us,” she says.

During her doctoral program, she received several scholarships and fellowships to complete her research. Her dissertation is entitled “Novel Electronic Monitoring Methodology to Enhance Prevention of Type II Diabetes Mellitus.”

Before coming to Olivet, Dr. Underhill taught at Moody Bible Institute-Spokane (Washington) for seven years. She also volunteered with a nonprofit organization, Healing Spokane, which hosted regular forums for the public to receive factual health information.

She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, Association for Women in Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Christian Society of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies.

Almost any outdoor activity is fun for her, but her favorites are running, rock climbing, hiking (specifically in national parks), downhill skiing and snowshoeing. She also loves to travel and see God's creation.

Dr. Underhill’s family lives in Spokane, and she enjoys being an aunt to her six nieces and nephews.

One of her favorite Bible verses is Psalms 39:7, “And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.”

Proverbs

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