Contact Info


  • Room 108
    Wellness & Recreation Complex
Tracey Dexter Matthews
  • Doctor of Physical Education, Springfield College, Springfield, Mass., 1997
  • Master of Science, Springfield College, Springfield, Mass., 1995
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn., 1992

Research Interests

  • Measurement and assessment 
  • Physical activity and children

Certifications and Memberships

  • American College of Sports Medicine (National and New England Chapter)
  • Society of Health and Physical Educators
  • American Kinesiology Association
  • National Association of Kinesiology in Higher Education

Selected Works


American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, May 2020; San Francisco, CA; Active Transportation Advocacy: Building a Vibrant Community for Health, Equity, Physical Activity, and Climate (presentation accepted).

New England American College of Sports Medicine Annual Fall Conference, November 2019; Providence, RI; Walking the Walk: Active Transportation to Meet PA Guidelines (presentation accepted).

National Association of Kinesiology in Higher Education, January 2018; Denver, CO; An Inter-professional Approach to a Community Based Interdisciplinary Wellness Program.

Society for Health and Physical Educators National Convention, March 2015; Seattle, Wash.; Using cluster analysis to better program performance psychology of athletes.


Matthews, T. D., & Kostelis, K. T. Conducting research in health and human performance (2nd Edition). Routledge Publishers (in preparation).

Stroiney, D. Herrick, S., Paolone, V., & Matthews, T. The effects of an acute bout of self-myofascial release on the physiological parameters of running (under review International Journal of Exercise Science).

Doig, S.R., Losee, T.M., González-Toro, C.M., Cruz, J. A., & Matthews, T. M. Before-school physical activity: Getting students moving and ready to learn (under review Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators).

Bruneau, M., Jr,, McKinnon, J., Germain, M. J., Matthews, T., Dodge, T., Dalton, P., LaCroix, A., Van Huysen, S., & Headley, S. (2019). Effects of in-center resistance training in end-stage renal disease: A pilot study. Journal of Clinical Exercise Physiology, 8(3), 91-96.

Jaffe, D., Hewitt, J., Cholewa, J., Bedard, A., Matthews, T., Thompson, B., & Headley, S. (2018). Influence of sustained Beta-Alanine supplementation on body composition and physical performance in college-aged males seeking military commission. International Journal of Human Movement and Sports Sciences 6(1),1-9. DOI: 10.13189/saj.2018.060101

Headley, S., Hutchinson, J., Wooley, S., Dempsey, K., Phan, K., Spicer, G., Janssen, X, Laguilles, R., & Matthews, T. (2018). Subjective and objective assessment of sedentary behavior among college employees. BMC Public Health, 18, 768; /10.1186/s12889-018-5630-3

Hutchinson, J., Headley, S., Matthews, T., Spicer, G., Dempsey, K., Wooley, S., & Janssen, X. (2018). Changes in sitting time and sitting fragmentation after a workplace sedentary behaviour intervention. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15, 1148; doi: 10.3390/ijerph15061148

Burrus, B. M., Mosckicki, B. M., Matthews, T. D., & Paolone, V. J. (2018). The effect of acute L-carnitine and carbohydrate intake on cycling performance. International Journal of Exercise Science, 11(2), 404–416.

Matthews, T. D., Myers, N. D., & Seungmin, L. (2017). Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science (MPEES): A Reflection on 20 years of publications and a brief report on 2016. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 21(1), 1-9.

Stenson, M.C., Stenson, M. R., Matthews, T. D., & Paolone, V. P. (2017). 5000 Meter run performance is not enhanced 24 hrs after an intense exercise bout and cold-water immersion. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 16, 272-279.

Ullucci, P., Casa, D.J., Matthews, T.D., & Rosene, J. (2017). Dehydration reduces posterior leg and trunk flexibility and increases stiffness in male collegiate age runners. European Journal of Sports & Exercise Science, 5(2), 1-10.Kostelis, T. K., & Matthews, T. D. Authentic and Alternative Assessment. In T.A. Baumgartner, A. S. Jackson, M.T. Mahar, & D. A. Rowe. (2016). Measurement for evaluation in physical education and exercise science, 9th edition. Jones & Bartlett.

Rosene, J. M. , Matthews, T.D., Gutowski, E.E., McGuire J.R., Ricca, M.V. Vital S.E., & Wing M.R. (in review). Thermoregulatory changes during 30 days of creatine supplementation while exercising in the heat. Athletic Training and Sports Health Care.

Matthews, T. D., Myers, N. D., & Seungmin, L. (2017). Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science (MPEES): A Reflection on 20 Years of Publications and a Brief Report on 2016. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 21(1), 1-9.

Myers, N. D., Matthews, T. D., & Park, S. E. (2016). Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science: A Brief Report on 2015 and Calls for Manuscripts in 2016 and Beyond. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 20(2), 75-80.

Rosene, J.M., Matthews, T.D., McBride, K.J., Galla, A., Haun, M., McDonald, K., Gagne, N., Lea, J., Kasen, J., & Farias, C. (2015) The effects of creatine supplementation on thermoregulation and isokinetic muscular performance following acute (3-day) supplementation. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, Mar 17 [EPUB ahead of print].

Matthews, T.D., O’Neill, E., Kostelis, K.T., Jaffe, D., Vitti, S., Quinlan, M., Boland, M. (2015). Physical activity and self-efficacy in physical activity and healthy eating in an urban elementary setting. American Journal of Health Education, 46(3), 132-137.

Rosene, J.M., Willoughby, D.S., Matthews, T.D., DuPont, J., Gabillieri, J., & Puck, R. (2014). The effect of 3- versus 7-days of creatine supplementation on thermoregulation and changes in intramuscular creatine levels. Journal of Athletic Enhancement, 3(6).

Matthews, T. D., O’Neill, E., & Kostelis, K. (2014). Physical Activity Levels and Attitudes toward Physical Activity and Eating Habits in an Urban Elementary School Setting. Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 14(1), 16-21.