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Dawn M. Emerson, Ph.D., ATC

School of Education - Health, Sport, & Exercise Sciences
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Exercise Science – Applied Physiology, University of South Carolina
Primary office:
Robinson Health and Physical Education Center
Room 101E
University of Kansas
1301 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045

Dawn Emerson, Ph.D., ATC is an Assistant Professor and the Program Director of the Athletic Training Program. Dr. Emerson is in her second year at the University of Kansas. She is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Dr. Emerson has received several research grants, including funding from the NATA Research and Education Foundation and the American College of Sports Medicine. She has numerous presentations at local, regional, and national conferences and published articles in the Journal of Athletic Training and Athletic Training and Sports Health Care.

Selected Publications

Emerson, D. M. (2015). Is it possible for an athlete to become overhydrated, and does this help or hinder the athlete? In R. M. Lopez (Ed.), Quick Questions in Heat-Related Illness and Hydration: Expert Advice in Sports Medicine (pp. 183-187). Thorofare, NJ: SLACK, Inc.

Emerson, D. M. (2015). What is hyponatremia, and how can it be prevented, diagnosed and treated? In R. M. Lopez (Ed.), Quick Questions in Heat-Related Illness and Hydration: Expert Advice in Sports Medicine (pp. 189-194). Thorofare, NJ: SLACK, Inc.

Minton, D. M., O'Neal, E. K., & Torres-McGehee, T. M. (2015). Agreement of urine specific gravity measurements between digital and manual refractometers. J Athl Train, 50(1), 59-64. DOI:10.4085/1062-6050-49.3.47

Minton, D. M., Torres-McGehee, T. M., Cable, S., Searson, J. R., Blake, C. E., Frongillo, E. A., Burke, M. P., Lenkerd, A., & Glover, S. H. (2014). Substance use and sleep quality among U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Candidates. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 46(5S), 393.

Saxena, A., Minton, D. M., Lee, D. C., Sui, X., Fayad, R., Lavie, C., & Blair, S. (2013). Protective role of resting heart rate on all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 88(12), 1420-1426. DOI:10.1016/j.mayocp.2013.09.011

Torres-McGehee, T. M., Pritchett, K. L., Minton, D. M., Zippel, D., Sibila, M., & Cellamare, A. (2012). Sport nutrition knowledge of collegiate athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, and strength and conditioning specialists. J Athl Train, 47(2), 210-216.

Torres-McGehee, T. M., Monsma, E. V., Gay, J., & Minton, D. M. (2011). Prevalence of eating disorder risk and body image distortion among NCAA Division I varsity equestrian athletes. J Athl Train, 46(4), 431-437.

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Academic Degrees

M.S., Physical Education with Emphasis in Athletic Training, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, 2009

B.S., Athletic Training, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 2006


Thermoregulation, Hydration and Electrolyte Balance

Teaching Interests

Therapeutic Modalities


Research Interest(s)

Dr. Emerson’s research expertise is in thermoregulation and fluid balance. Specific areas of interest include sodium imbalance and chronic dehydration, including fluid replacement and nutritional supplements to address these conditions. Other areas of interest include practical hydration assessment tools and the role of hydration in energy availability and sport nutrition. Currently, her primary focus is on exertional heat illness risk factors, including medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and other substances.

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