Sarah McKinley-Barnard, Ph.D.
Office Hours

HKS 1009
MWF 10-11 
TTH 9:30-11
or by appointment
Ph: (251) 461-1616
Fax: (251) 460-7252
171 Jaguar Drive
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Sarah McKinley-Barnard, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Kinesiology and Sport
Exercise Science

B.S., Kinesiology-Exercise Science, University of Texas at El Paso, 2010
M.S.Ed., Exercise Physiology, Baylor University, 2013
Ph.D., Kinesiology, Exercise, Nutrition, and Health Promotion, Baylor University, 2016
Teaching Philosophy
Education is about learning, experiencing, and exploring new ideas; it is a constant that should never cease. I aim to make class not only about learning, but enjoyment as well. Students are encouraged to participate in class discussion, ask questions, and work together to find answers. Not only are my students learning from me and each other, but I am constantly learning from them as well. As my students continue to learn and grow in their knowledge, I continue to learn and grow, too.
My research interests are fairly general; I enjoy researching applied, clinical, and molecular aspects of exercise physiology. My research background and main interests include skeletal muscle gene expression and the associated signaling mechanisms; effects of exercise and supplementation on skeletal muscle function (anabolic and catabolic processes); and attenuation of exercise-induced muscle damage and inflammatory processes in skeletal muscle. I am also interested in cardiac rehabilitation and its effects on quality of life, mobility, and functionality on the chronic diseased population.
Dr. McKinley-Barnard is a member of International Society of Sport Nutrition (ISSN), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) organizations.
Dr. McKinley-Barnard received her B.S. from The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 2010. In 2011, she moved to Waco, TX to attend Baylor University. There she served as a graduate teaching assistant in the Health, Human Performance and Recreation Department for five years. In 2013, Dr. McKinley-Barnard graduated from Baylor University with her M.S.Ed in Exercise Physiology. Following the completion of her M.S.Ed, she continued her education at Baylor University until 2016 when she graduated with her Ph.D. in Kinesiology, Exercise, Nutrition, and Health Promotion. Dr. McKinley-Barnard was born and raised in El Paso, TX. She is married, has two dogs, and enjoys the outdoors.




PE 100 – Concepts of Health and Fitness
PE 381 – Evaluation and Measurement in Physical Education
PE 476 – Physiology of Exercise