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Matthew Kuennen Bio
Matthew Kuennen

Matthew R. Kuennen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professorof Sports and Exercise Science

Office: Virgil Henson Activities Center, Room 233
Email: mkuennen@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2378

Professional Profile

Kuennen joined the Department of Sports and Exercise Science within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in 2010. He received a B.A. in health promotion from the University of Northern Iowa in 2003, a M.A. in exercise science from the University of Northern Iowa in 2005, and a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of New Mexico in 2010.

Teaching and Related Service


Kuennen has taught the following courses during his tenure at WT: Advanced Exercise Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Sport Nutrition, Sport & Exercise Testing, and Research Methodology. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate students.

As director of the Human Performance Research Laboratory (HPRL), his goal is to increase external funding to support current and future student and faculty-initiated research projects. He and his students also provide sophisticated physiological testing to multiple athletic teams on campus.  Identical testing is available to members of the general public for a nominal fee.


Research and Creative Activity


Kuennen’s research interests include exercise thermoregulation, exercise immunology, inactivity physiology, nutritional countermeasures, and the role of exercise in offsetting/reversing inflammatory disease states. He has published multiple papers in these areas and has presented his scientific findings at multiple regional and national conferences.


Personal Sketch


Kuennen lives in Amarillo with his wife Heather and daughters Madeline and Brielle. Heather is a geography teacher at Amarillo High School. Madeline attends the St. Mary’s Cathedral Montesorri program, where she reportedly enjoys reading books, singing songs, dancing and all forms of mischief. Brielle is an infant and does not yet attend school. When not at work, Kuennen enjoys spending time with his family.