School of Health and Human Sciences

CWHW Fall 2023 Lecture

Jody Clasey, Ph.D., FACSM, FTOS


Body Composition and Health Disparities in Children: Both Hidden & in Plain View

October 26, 2023 at 4:30pm, EUC, Alexander Room.

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Dr. Clasey, Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, University of Kentucky, shared some of her research experiences including the validation of field methods for assessing body composition and discussing identified health disparities in children.

Are you interested in learning about different health disparities in youth? Dr. Jody Clasey highlighted the various different established and new disparities in children and examine body composition and the most common method of measuring body composition: the Body Mass Index (BMI).

Jody L. Clasey, PhD, FACSM, FTOS received her BS in Physical Education with a minor in General Science, her MS in Exercise Physiology, and her PhD in Exercise Physiology from the Department of Kinesiology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana campus. Following her PhD, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

She then joined the faculty in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion (KHP) at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY where she currently resides as a Professor with a joint appointment in the College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. She serves as the Director of the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Functional Assessment and Body Composition Core Laboratory (FAABC); and the Director of the University of Kentucky Pediatric Exercise Physiology Laboratory (PEP Lab).

She also serves as a member and contributor to the University of Kentucky Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences; the Center for Muscle Biology, the Medical Institutional Review Board, and the Maternal & Pediatric Research Alliance (MaPRA). Dr. Clasey teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of KHP in Exercise Science/Exercise Physiology.

Her primary research interests involve the maintenance or improvement of cardiometabolic and endocrine function; and theory and methodology of regional and total body composition. She has previous provided research collaborative expertise involving a variety of populations including young and older heathy and diseased adults; adults with spinal cord injuries; young and elderly athletes; hematology/oncology patients; and healthy, unhealthy, and diseased pediatric populations.

Fall 2023 Workshop Co-Sponsored by the HHS Office of Research

Communicating Your Science to the Public Through Infographics

October 27, 2023 from 9:00am-12:00pm, Nursing and Instructional Building, Room 510.

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Have you heard about infographics, but you aren’t quite sure what they are? Have you ever thought about using infographics to communicate your science, but you weren’t quite sure where to start?

Dr. Jaclyn Maher gave us an overview of the process of developing infographics to communicate your science effectively. She delved into tips, resources, and lessons learned to help us effectively communicate our science to a broader public through infographics. Attendees also had the opportunity to develop their own infographic based on a recently published, under review or in preparation manuscript.

Fall 2023 Women’s Networking Lunch

Hosted on October 27, 2023 following the Scholarly Workshop

Women faculty and students were invited to network over lunch, hear about Dr. Jody Clasey’s successes and challenges, pearls of wisdom, followed by a Q&A and discussion – which provided an opportunity for students and young faculty to hear from those who are in positions they aspire to be.