Wally Bixby

Associate Professor of Exercise Science
Koury Center (Athletics) 232
2525 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
wbixby@elon.edu (336) 278-5801


Doctor of Philosophy: Department of Kinesiology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, August 2002

      Concentration: Sport/Exercise Psychology/Psychophysiology

Master of Arts:  Department of Kinesiology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, May 1999

      Concentration:  Sport/Exercise Psychology/Psychophysiology

Bachelor of Science: Department of Movement Arts, Health Promotion, and Leisure Studies and Department of Psychology, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA, December 1995

            Major: Exercise Science and Psychology

Employment History

Associate Professor, 2009 – present

   Department of Exercise Science, Elon University, Elon, NC

 Assistant Professor, 2005 – 2009

   Department of Exercise Science, Elon University, Elon, NC

 Adjunct Associate Professor, Graduate Faculty, 2011 – present

      Department of Kinesiology, University of North Carolina, Greensboro (non-paid)

 Assistant Professor, 2002 – 2005

      Department of Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock,            TX

 Associate Research Assistant, 2000 - 2002

      Exercise and the Aging Brain, sponsored research project, Erickson Foundation, Baltimore,    MD, Principal Investigator: Dr. B. D. Hatfield, Department of Kinesiology, University of            Maryland

Director of Mental Skills Training, 2001 - 2002

      Junior Tennis Champions Center, College Park, MD

Graduate Teaching Assistant, 1996 – 2002

      Department of Kinesiology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD,


Courses Taught

  1. ESS 499                      Independent Research
  2. HNR 498                    Honors Thesis
  3. ESS 495                      Senior Seminar
  4. ESS 442                      Sport Psychology
  5. ESS 443                      Exercise Psychophysiology
  6. ESS 424                      Applied Exercise Physiology
  7. ESS 333                      Exercise Psychology
  8. ESS 315                      Advanced Strength Training and Conditioning
  9. ESS 101                      Introduction to Exercise Science
  10. ESS 482                      Internship
  11. ESS 281                      Practicum
  12. HED 324                     Nutrition
  13. PED 411                     Measurement and Evaluation
  14. GST 368                      Healthy Eating: Concepts and Controversies
  15. Elon 101                      Introduction to the University

Grants Awarded

            Bixby, W.R. (2011). Examination of a cooling product on performance, affect, and cognition during and following exercise in the heat. ($4431.18)

            Barnes, K., Hall, E.E., Bixby, W.R., Miller, P.C., Folger, S. (2011). Effects of concussions on cognitive function in college athletes. ($17000)

            Bixby, W.R. (2011). Enhancing laboratory experiences in Exercise Science.  ATACC software grant ($2400)           

            Bixby, W.R. (2010). A Near Infrared Spectroscopy Investigation of the Affective and Cognitive Impact of Acute Aerobic Exercise. Semester sabbatical Fall 2011 with funding ($8000).

            Bixby, W.R. (2008). An examination of brain activity and cognitive function associated with acute aerobic exercise. Funded by the Dean of the School of Education, summer research funding ($2640)

            Bixby, W.R. (2007). An examination of personality factors and physical activity in older adults. Funded by the Dean of the School of Education, summer research funding ($2000)

            Hall, E.E. & Bixby, W.R. (2007). Developing Laboratory Experiences Examining the Influence That Exercise and Sport Have On Cognitive Functioning. ATACC software grant ($4000)          

            Bixby, W.R. (2006). Does pre-event static stretching increase rate of fatigue? Funded by the Dean of the School of Education, summer research funding ($3000)

            Williams, J. S. & Bixby, W. R. (2004). Systemic Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor Response to Exercise.  Funded by Texas Tech University, Research Enhancement Fund ($3900)

            Bixby, W. R. (2003). The sampling of affect during and following exercise: How much is too much? Funded by Texas Tech University, Research Enhancement Fund ($2,895)

            Bixby, W. R. (2002). Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program Funded by Texas Tech University ($2,500)


Bixby, W.R. and Hatfield, B.D. (2011). A Dimensional Investigation of the State Anxiety Inventory (SAI) in an Exercise Setting: Cognitive vs. Somatic.  Journal of Sport Behavior, 34, 4, 307-324.

Hall, E.E., Baird, S.A., Gilbert, D.N., Miller, P.C., and Bixby, W.R. (2011). Viewing television shows containing ideal and neutral body images while exercising: Does type of body image content influence exercise performance and body image in women? Journal of Health Psychology, 16, 6, 938-946.

Del Giorno, J.M., Hall, E.E., O’Leary, K.C., Bixby, W.R., and Miller, P.C. (2010). Cognitive function during acute exercise: A test of Transient Hypofrontality Theory? Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 32, 312-323.

Bellezza, P.A., Hall, E.E., Miller, P.C. & Bixby, W.R. (2009). The Influence of Exercise Order on Blood Lactate, Perceptual Responses, and Affective Responses. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 23(1), 203-208.

Bixby W.R. & Lochbaum, M.R. (2008). The Effects of Modality Preference on the Temporal Dynamics of Affective Response Associated with Acute Exercise in College Aged Females. Journal of Sport Behavior, 31(4), 299-311.

James, C.R., Shen, C., Chyu, M., Brismée, J.M., Zumwalt, M., Bixby, W.R., Poklikuha, G. & Thompson, E. (2008). Effects of Tai Chi on gait kinematics, physical function, and pain in elderly with knee osteoarthritis- a pilot study. American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 36(2) 219-232.

Bixby, W.R., Spalding, T.W., Haufler, A.J., Deeny, S.P., Mahlow, P., Zimmerman, J.B., and Hatfield, B.D. (2007). The Unique Relation of Physical Activity to Executive Function in Older Men and Women. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 39(8) 1408-1416.

Lochbaum, M. R., Bixby, W.R, & Wang, J. C. K. (2007). Achievement goal profiles for exercise participation: Differences in personality. Journal of Sport Behavior, 30(4) 471-490.

Lochbaum, M.R., Bixby, W.R, & Lutz, R. (2006). Temporal patterns of affective change: An examination of the impact of self-rated exercise intensity. International Journal of Fitness, 2 33-39.

Bixby, W.R. & Lochbaum, M. R. (2006). Affect Responses to Acute Bouts of Aerobic Exercise in Fit and Unfit Participants: An Examination of Opponent-Process Theory. Journal of Sport Behavior, 29(2) 111-125.

Lochbaum, M. R., Bixby, W. R., Lutz, R. S., Parsons, M., & Akerhielm, T. (2006). Implicit theories and physical activity patterns: The mediating role of task orientation. Individual Differences Research, 4(2) 58-67.

Harne, A. J, & Bixby, W. R. (2005). The benefits of and barriers to strength training among college-age women. Journal of Sport Behavior, 28(2) 1-16.

Bixby, W. R., Spalding, T. W., & Hatfield, B. D. (2001). Temporal dynamics and dimensional specificity of the affective response to exercise of varying intensity: Differing pathways to a common outcome. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 23(3) 171-190.

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