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Dawn M. Emerson, Ph.D., ATC

School of Education and Human Sciences - Health, Sport, & Exercise Sciences
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Robinson Health and Physical Education Center, 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 sports medicine journals.

Dr. Emerson is married to Charles Emerson and they have a daughter, Peyton.


Teaching Interests

  • Therapeutic Modalities
  • Pharmacology


Dr. Emerson's research expertise is in thermoregulation and fluid balance. Specific areas of interest include sodium imbalance, chronic hypohydration, fluid replacement and nutritional supplements, 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 how these affect the gastrointestinal tract, immune system, and overall thermoregulation during exercise.

To see Dr. Emerson's working with heat illness in marching band visit: https://today.ku.edu/2018/08/30/ku-leading-study-dehydration-heat-illnes...


Dr. Emerson is an At-Large Director for the National Athletic Trainers' Association Research and Education Foundation.

She is a medical volunteer at the Boston Marathon.

Selected Publications

Yeargin, S. W., Dickinson, J. J., Emerson, D. M., Koller, J. A., Torres-McGehee, T. M., & Kerr, Z. Y. (2020). Exertional heat illness risk factors and physiological responses of youth football players [Other]. In Journal of Sport and Health Science. Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jshs.2019.03.002
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 [Other]. In FACETS. Canadian Science Publishing. https://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 [Other]. In Journal of the International Society of Sport Nutrition (Vol. 14, Issue 25). BioMed Central. https://doi.org/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? [Book Chapters]. In R. M. Lopez (Ed.), Quick Questions in Heat-Related Illness and Hydration: Expert Advice in Sports Medicine (pp. 183–187). SLACK, Inc.
Emerson, D. M. (2015). What is hyponatremia, and how can it be prevented, diagnosed and treated? [Book Chapters]. In R. M. Lopez (Ed.), Quick Questions in Heat-Related Illness and Hydration: Expert Advice in Sports Medicine (pp. 189–194). 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 [Other]. In J Athl Train (Vol. 50, Issue 1, pp. 59–64). https://doi.org/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 [Other]. In Mayo Clinic Proceedings (Vol. 88, Issue 12, pp. 1420–1426). https://doi.org/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 [Other]. In J Athl Train (Vol. 47, Issue 2, pp. 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 [Other]. In J Athl Train (Vol. 46, Issue 4, pp. 431–437).

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Selected Presentations

Emerson, D. M. (11/13/2016). Hydration Considerations in Ice Hockey. Kansas Athletic Trainers' Association. Manhattan, KS
Emerson, D. M. (4/17/2016). Environmental concerns in athletics. Boston University Athletic Training Student Marathon Conference. Boston, MA
Emerson, D. M. (6/30/2015). Do non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs increase the risk for exertional heat illness?. Special Topic Session to be presented at 66th NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia
Torres-McGehee, T. M., Blake, C. E., Frongillo, A., Saunders, R., Burke, M. P., Minton, D. M., ...Glover, S. H. (10/31/2012). Developing a model to assess the role of the social environment in shaping dietary habits that support long-term healthy weight in soldiers. Summit on the Science of Eliminating Health Disparities: Building a Healthier Society Integrating Science, Policy, and Practice. Sponsored by the National Institute of Health
Minton, D. M. (4/30/2012). Clinical implications: developing individualized hydration protocols. Boston University Athletic Training Student Conference. Columbia, SC

Selected Grants

Examination of 100% Orange Juice on Rehydration and Recovery following Repeated Endurance Exercise. Florida Department of Citrus. $84570.00. (7/1/2016 - 9/30/2017). Other States. Status: Funded

Selected Awards & Honors

Young Professional Alumni
University of South Carolina Athletic Training Program
Young Professional Alumni
University of South Carolina Athletic Training Program

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