Ashley Ann Herda

Ashley Herda
  • Assistant Professor
  • School of Education and Human Sciences, Department of Health, Sport & Exercise Sciences

Contact Info


Ashley A. Herda, Ph.D. is an assistant professor for the exercise science program at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus in Overland Park. Dr. Herda was born and raised in Florida and completed her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion (2006) from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. She continued her education at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma where she earned her Master of Science in Exercise Physiology (2008) under the mentorship of Dr. Jeff Stout and Doctorate of Philosophy in Exercise Physiology (2011) under the mentorship of Dr. Joel Cramer.
Dr. Herda's research interests include the investigation of the effects of nutritional supplements and/or exercise interventions on performance and body composition in men and women across the lifespan. She has published several manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Physical Therapy Journal, International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, and The Journal of Aging Research and Clinical Practice. Dr. Herda is an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), where she actively participates in the Women's Committee group, the Educational and Research Consortium, and the Nutrition, Body Composition, and Exercise Metabolism Special Interest Group.


Exercise Science and Health Promotion, Florida Atlantic University, 2006, Boca Raton, FL
Exercise Physiology-Health and Exercise Science, University of Oklahoma-Norman, 2008, Norman, OK
Exercise Physiology-Health and Exercise Science, University of Oklahoma-Norman, 2011, Norman, OK


Research interests:

  • Nutritional supplement
  • aging
  • resistance exercise
  • body composition


Teaching interests:

  • Exercise physiology
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Exercise Nutrition
  • Fitness Evaluations and Techniques

Selected Publications

Herda, A. A., Herda, T. J., Costa, P. B., Ryan, E. D., Stout, J. R., & Cramer, J. T. (2013). Muscle performance, size, and safety responses after eight weeks of resistance training and protein supplementation: a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial. [Journal Articles]. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research / National Strength & Conditioning Association, 27(11), 3091–3100.
Herda, A. A., Ph. D., & Nabavizadeh, O. (accepted/in press). Short-Term Resistance Training in Older Adults Improves Muscle Quality: A Randomized Control Trial [Journal Articles]. Experimental Gerontology.

Selected Presentations

Herda, A. A., & Nabavizadeh, O. (7/11/2020). Evaluation of upper and lower body muscle quality in older men and women. International Society of Electromyography and Kinesiology. Nagoya, Japan