Dr. Melissa Cox

Name:  Melissa Cox

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Title/Position:  Professor of  Kinesiology and Health Studies

Discipline:  Exercise Science

Year Hired: 2014


BS in Recreation Management (2005), University of Central Oklahoma

MS in Exercise Science (2007), University of Central Oklahoma

Ed. D. in Administration and Leadership (2023), Southern Nazarene University

Professional Organizations and Affiliations: 

American Red Cross

Oklahoma Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

Shape American

National Academy of Sports Medicine

Fitness Pro Travel

Athletics and Fitness Association of America

Kappa Delta Pi

American College of Sports Medicine

Area/s of Specialty: 

Personal Training

Outdoor Adventure

Effects of Wearable Technology

Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription

Group Exercise Instruction

Courses Taught: 

HPSM 1041  Weight Training and Conditioning

HPSM 2413  Foundations of Sport Management

HPSM 2422  First Aid/CPR and Safety and Lab

HPSM 2441  Practicum of Exercise Science

HPSM 2442  Introduction to Exercise Science

HPSM 2503  Church and Community Recreational Leadership

HPSM 3133  Legal Aspects in Sports and Fitness

HPSM 3213  Techniques of Teaching Lifetime Sports

HPSM 3223  Sports Officiating

HPSM 3133  Techniques of Teaching Team Sports

HPSM 3403  Exercise Programming for Special Populations

HPSM 3433  Group Excercise Instruction

HPSM 3453  Nutrition for Sport and Fitness

HPSM 3841  Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription I

HPSM 3851  Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription II

HPSM 4313  Sociology of Sport

HPSM 4323  Christianity, Culture, and Sport – Sr. Capstone

HPSM 4413  Research, Measurement, and Evaluation

HPSM 4423  Organization of Sports Management

HPSM 4543  Strength and Conditioning

Office Location:  Pickens-Springer Gym (behind viewing room)

Campus Phone Number: 405-789-7661 Ext 2303

Email Address:  melissa.cox@swcu.edu

Office Hours:  Monday and Wednesday 1pm-3pm, Tuesday and Thursday 10am-1pm

Research Interests: 

Behavior Modification

Ergogenic Aids and Sports Performance

Wearable Technology and Fitness

Publications and Professional Presentations:

Cox, M. (2023). The Effects of Wearable Technology on Health-Related Behavior Change Among Undergraduate College Students (Publication No. 30524874) [Doctoral dissertation, Southern Nazarene University].

Wood, M.A. & University of Central Oklahoma. (2007).  The effects of caffeine on ratings of perceived exertion and completion times in a 1.5-mile run test in college-aged males.

Contributing writer to Edmond Active (2007-2009)

Contributing writer to Oklahoma Sports and Fitness (2008-2009)

Mission/Passion:  To create and provide opportunities for growth and change.

Favorite Bible Verse:  1 Peter 5:7

Personal Interests: 


Owner / Lead Coach - Sweat Expectations

Owner / Lead Coach - SUPfit

Traveling and surfing 

Hometown:  Mustang, Oklahoma