Stephen F. Austin State University

Human Performance Lab

HP Lab | Performance for Body, Mind & Life

Lab Description:

The Human Performance Lab (HPL) is located in the College of Education Annex. The HPL is fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment specifically designed to measure innovative physiological and psychological determinants, responses, and performance across numerous interests, including thermoregulation, supplementation, hydration, muscle recovery, athletic training, pyscho-phyisiology, self-regulation of behavior, and weight control. In addition, the HPL includes psycho-physiologcial aspects of exercise testing and measurement as it applies to client screening, prescription and behavior change.

The HPL is utilized for instruction in a number of undergraduate courses, as well as providing research opportunities for faculty and students. Recently, both undergraduate and graduate students have received state and university awards for research performed in our facilities.

Lab Equipment:

  • Strength and Conditioning Lab (800 sq. ft.)
  • Metabolic/gas analyzers (Parvo, Vacuumed)
  • GE Prodigy dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA)
  • Quinton Q4500 Stress Test and ECG System
  • 3 treadmills with programmable controls (Trackmaster RS-232, Woodway PPS55Med, Quinton Q55XT)
  • Biopac EEG, EMG and force measurement system
  • Environmental Chamber (135 sq. ft.)
  • Skin & core temperature measurement (Isothermex 16 channel)
  • Microprocessor Controlled 280 Series Water Baths
  • Urine analysis / Specific gravity (Reichert refractometer)
  • Hydrostatic tank / load cell technology (Vacumed)
  • Computerized automated blood pressure unit
  • 4 bicycle ergometers (Monark 818, 828E, 874E, 894E)
  • Various anthropometric and body composition analysis tools
  • Sphygmomanometers (Aneroid and Mercury Column)
  • 9 L wet spirometer (lung capacity)
  • Peak Expiratory Flow Meter (Micro Direct)
  • Micro-hematocrit centrifuge (Autocrit Ultra 3)
  • Blood Lactate Analyzer (YSI 1500 Sport)
  • Bioelectrical impedance analysis (Omron)
  • Detecto scales (2)
  • Locker and shower facilities
  • Dartfish biomechanical analysis system
  • BodyGem resting metabolism analyzer
  • SenseWear armband system for energy expenditure analysis
  • Nike+ Fuel band energy expenditure technology
HP Lab

HPL Faculty:

Mark D. Faries, Ph.D.
Mark D. Faries, Ph.D. Educational Background: Dr. Faries received his B.S. in Kinesiology from Texas A & M, M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Baylor University, and his Ph.D. in Behavior Health from the University of Texas at Austin. Research/Areas of Interest: Self-Regulation of Exercise, Dietary and Weight Control Behavior, Executive Function, Behavioral and Lifestyle Medicine Office: Education Annex; Room 105 Phone: 936.468.1817
Eric J. Jones, Ph.D.
Eric J. Jones, Ph.D. Educational Background: Dr. Jones earned his B.S. in Fitness and Sports Medicine from Southeast Missouri State University followed by his M.A. in Exercise Physiology and Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alabama. Research/Areas of Interest: Environmental Stress, Thermoregulation, Hydration and Muscle Recovery Office: Education Annex; Room 107 Phone: 936.468.1864
Malcolm Todd Whitehead, Ph.D.
Malcolm Todd Whitehead, Ph.D. Educational Background: Dr. Whitehead received his B.S. in Exercise Science, M.S. in Exercise Physiology and Ph.D. in Applied Physiology. All three degress were completed at the University of Southern Mississippi. Research/Areas of Interest: Ergogenic Supplements; Novel Training Techniques Office: HPE Room 216 Phone: 936.468.1462
Dr. Whitehead has 9 years teaching experience in higher education and includes Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels.