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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 started at the University of Kansas in 2015. 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, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the State of Florida Department of Citrus. She has numerous presentations at local, regional, and national conferences and has published in a variety of journals within sports medicine.


Ph.D., Exercise Science – Applied Physiology, University of South Carolina

M.S., Physical Education – Athletic Training, University of South Carolina

B.S., Athletic Training (CAATE Accredited Athletic Training Program), The University of Alabama

Teaching Interests

  • Therapeutic Modalities
  • Pharmacology


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.

Selected Publications

Emerson, D. M., Torres-McGehee, T. M., Davis, J. M., Chen, S. C., Durstine, J. L., Pfeifer, C. E., Emerson, C. C., Stone, J. & Bivona, J. (2017). Acute Naproxen Dose on Hydration and Electrolyte Measures during Moderate-Intense Exercise. FACETS Canadian Science Publishing. DOI://doi.org/10.1139/facets-2017-0042

Emerson, D. M., Torres-McGehee, T. M., Emerson, C. C., & LaSalle, T. L. (2017). Individualized Fluid Plans versus Ad Libitum on Hydration Status in Minor Professional Ice Hockey Players. Journal of the International Society of Sport Nutrition 14(25) 8. BioMed Central. DOI:10.1186/s12970-017-0183-x https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12970-017-0183-x

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

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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