Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services
Kinesology and Health Sciences
Brennan Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science (KHS) at USU. Dr. Thompson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Weber State University (2004), Master of Science in Human Movement Science from USU (2008), and Doctorate in Applied Exercise Physiology at Oklahoma State University (2013).
Prior to returning to Utah State, Dr. Thompson held a faculty position at Texas Tech University where he co-developed/directed the human performance and muscular assessment laboratories. His research interest is centered upon restoring and improving human movement function and longevity and examines the physiological factors that contribute to the function of the human neuromuscular system. This includes examining applied physiology and neuromuscular mechanisms that explain muscle size, strength, speed, and power; and how these factors precipitate a loss of function and/or restore function.
His research has investigated the influence of aging, growth and development, fatigue, and occupational environments on the neuromuscular system and the application of time-efficient strength training models to counteract the often negative impacts of these biological and environmental influences. His laboratory philosophy is student-centered and uses research to train students as future researchers and to inform evidence-based practice to address contemporary problems.