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Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport: Full-time Faculty & Staff

Dr. Rachel Tinius, Ph.D., EP-C

Dr. Rachel Tinius, Ph.D., EP-C
- Assistant Professor - Exercise Science


PhD (Movement Science): Washington University in St. Louis

M.S.C.I. (Master of Science and Clinical Investigation): Washington University in St. Louis

M.S. (Exercise Science): Western Kentucky University

B.S. (Exercise Science): Western Kentucky University


American College of Sports Medicine - Certified Exercise Physiologist (2014-present)



EXS 296: Exercise Science Practicum

EXS 311: Exercise Physiology

EXS 313: Motor Learning and Control

EXS 412 Exercise Testing and Prescription

EXS 420: Clinical Exercise Physiology


Selected publications (*Student in the Tinius Lab)


Link K, Tinius RA, Maples JM, Logdson CM. Self-Efficacy and Postpartum Depression Teaching by Perinatal Nurses in a Rural Setting: A Replication Study. Journal of Perinatal Education. 2018. In press.

Clayton BA*, Tinius RA, Winchester LJ, Menke BR,* Reece MC, Maples JM. Physiological and Perceptional Responses to High-Intensity Circuit Training using Body Weight Resistance Exercise: Are there Sex-Specific Differences? International Journal of Exercise Science. 2019. In press. 

Alvis M*, Morris CE, Gerrard TL*, Hughes AG*, Hunt L*, Koester MM*, Tinius RAEvidence-Based Educational Brochures Influenced Beliefs and Improved Knowledge Regarding the Benefits of Exercise during Pregnancy. International Journal of Exercise Science. 2019. In press.

Tinius RA, Cahill AG, Cade WT. Low-intensity physical activity is associated with lower maternal systemic inflammation during late pregnancy. Journal of Obesity and Weight Loss Therapy 2017 7(3). DOI: 10.4172/2165-7904.1000343. PMID: 28856070

Keen K*, Maples JM, Cooley B*, Olenick A*, Blankenship M, Hoover D, Tinius RA. Acute high-intensity exercise improves mood during the second trimester of pregnancy. International Journal of Women’s Health and Wellness. 2017, 3:053. DOI: 10.23937/2474-1353/1510053 (*Student in the Tinius Lab)

Rohatgi K., Tinius R.A., Cahill A.G., Cade W.T., Parra Parez D. Ultra-processed products consumed during pregnancy are associated with maternal gestational weight gain and neonatal body composition. 2017. PeerJ.5:e4091. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4091PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5723430

Hesse C*, Tinius RA, Cooley B*, Olenick A*., Blankenship M, Hoover DL, Maples JM. Assessment of endpoint criteria and perceived barriers during maximal cardiorespiratory testing among pregnant women. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. Nov 2017. PMID: 29148627 DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.17.07750-7.

Ringenberg G*., Maples JM, Tinius RA. The validity of submaximal exercise testing in obese women. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. 2018. In Press. (*Student in the Tinius Lab) https://doi.org/10.1123/wspaj.2017-0009.

Williams K.*, Brown A.*, Crandall J., Tinius R. Educational Information improves knowledge about physical activity during pregnancy. Kentucky Association of Health, Physical Activity, Recreation, and Dance Journal. Fall 2016. (*Student in the Tinius Lab)

Cade W.T, Levy PT, Tinius RA, Patel MD, Choudhry S., Holland MR, Singh GK, Cahill AG. Markers of maternal and infant metabolism are associated with ventricular dysfunction in absence of cardiac hypertrophy in infants of obese women with type II diabetes. Pediatric Research, 2017; 82(5)768-775. 10.1038/pr.2017.140. PubMed PMID: 28604759

Tinius R.A., Cahill A.G., & Cade W.T.  Origins in the Womb: Potential Role of the Physical Therapist in Modulating the Deleterious Effects of Obesity on Maternal and Offspring Health through Movement Promotion and Prescription during Pregnancy. 2016, Physical Therapy Journal. DOI:  10.2522/ptj.20150678. PubMed PMID: 27417168.

Tinius R.A., Cahill A.G., & Cade W.T. Impact of physical activity during pregnancy on obstetric outcomes in obese women.  2016, Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 2017, 57(5)652-659. PubMed PMID: 26564274

Tinius R.A., Cahill A.G., Strand E.A., & Cade W.T. Maternal inflammation during late pregnancy is lower in physically active compared to sedentary obese women. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 2016, 41(2): 191-198. 

DOI: 10.1139/apnm-2015-0316. PubMed PMID: 26799789

Cade W.T., Tinius R.A., Reeds D.N., Patterson B.W., & Cahill A.G. Maternal glucose and fatty acid kinetics and infant birth weight in obese women with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes 2016, 65 (4): 893-901. DOI: 10.2337/db15-1061. PMID: 26861786

Tinius R.A., Cahill A.G., Strand E.A., & Cade W.T. Altered lipid metabolism is associated with higher maternal inflammation in obese women during late pregnancy. Integrative Obesity and Diabetes 2015, 2 (1): 168-175.  PubMed PMID: 27239331

Cade W.T., Bohnert K., Reeds D.N., Benni P., Peterson L.R., Byrne B.J., Tinius R.A. & Taylor C. Endurance Exercise Training in Young Adults with Barth Syndrome: a Pilot Trial. Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease, In press. DOI: 10.1007/8904_2016_553PMID: 27295193.

Tinius,R.A. "Physical Activity and Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes in Obese Pregnant Women".(2015).Arts&SciencesElectronicThesesandDissertations.Paper557.

Current Research Support

Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network Investigator Development Award - May 2016-April 2019

  • Title: Physical Activity during Pregnancy: Novel Pathways and Intervention Strategies for Improving Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes
  • Role: PI

Research and Creative Activities Program (RCAP) - May 2018-December 2019

  • Title: Postpartum health: investigating themetabolic health of women after pregnancy
  • Role: PI

Faculty-Undergraduate Student Engagement Internal Grant - May 2018

  • Title: The role of physical activity during pregnancy on infant motor development at 1-year
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Role: PI/Student Mentor

Faculty-Undergraduate Student Engagement Internal Grant - December 2017

  • Title: Investigating the Expression of Important Metabolic Proteins in the Placenta
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Role: PI/Student Mentor

Factuly-Undergraduate Student Engagement Internal Grant - December 2017

  • Title: Exercise and Dietary Factors and their Potential Role on Fertility-Related Outcomes
  • Role: PI/Student Mentor
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