Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Athletic Training Program Director
Mary L. Williams EdD, ATC, LAT is an Assistant Professor and Athletic Training Program Director at Sam Houston State University. Dr. Williams is a Nationally Certified and Texas Licensed Athletic Trainer. Dr. Williams earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in higher education and a cognate in kinesiology from Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi. Her dissertation topic included the study of a concept she coined the "moving classroom" where students rode on stationary bicycles during a traditional class setting. Dr. Williams earned her master's degree in psychology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Her thesis focused on the psychological coping strategies of individuals with athletic injuries. Dr. Williams earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in biology, psychology, and athletic training from Coe College which is located in Cedar Rapids, IA. Prior to coming to Sam Houston State University, Dr. Williams was Assistant Clinical Professor and Athletic Training Program Director at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi for five years. She also has additional experience as Clinical Education Coordinator and Instructor within a CAATE accredited athletic training program. Dr. Williams has worked professionally as a Certified Athletic Trainer within a variety of settings including NCAA Division I athletics, family practice, orthopedics, and rehabilitation clinics. Currently, Dr. Williams is a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and an exam item writer for the Board of Certification Inc.
- Ed.D., Educational Leadership; Emphasis in Higher Education; Cognate in Kinesiology, Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi
- M.A., Psychology, Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi
B.A., Biology, Psychology, and Athletic Training, Coe College
Honors and Awards
- 2008-2009 - Amigos de la Isla Award - Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi. Awarded by the Division of Student Affairs which honors one faculty member annually for going above and beyond their roles on campus to accomplish goals and serve students.
Selected Publications and Presentations
- Williams ,M. & Schoenfeld, B. (2012). Point/Counterpoint: Are Deep Squats a Viable Exercise? Journal of Strength and Conditioning 34(2), 34-36
- Rosas, L., Barnes M.L, Ocker, LB (April 2011). Self Efficacy in a Moving Classroom earning Environment. Presented at the annual Texas A&M System Pathways Research Symposium,Corpus Christi, TX (Student ed Research)
- Barnes, M. & Dawes, J. (2010). Core Training for Hockey. USA Hockey Inside the Game. http://flexxcoach.cachefly.net/USA h/1011-issue/ core-chop-and-1ift-progression-USA hockey. PDF
- Barnes, M.L., Ocker, L.B., Bhattacharya, K., Murray, A.M. (December, 2010). Feasibility of a Moving Classroom Learning Environment. Presented at the annual meeting of the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference, Galveston, TX
- Kesterson, M.R., Barnes, M.L., Hilker, J., Huffman, D., Kouzekanani, K. (December, 2010). The Correlation of the Functional Movement Screen and Key Sport Performance Factors. Presented at the annual meeting of the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference, Galveston, TX
- Melrose, D., Barnes, M.L., Ocker, L.B., Spaniel, F.J., Bonnette, R., & Woods, G. (2009). The effects of shoulder girdle dynamics, reach, and jump mode on vertical jump performance. National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference and Exhibition Manual.
- Barnes, M.L. (October 2004). Psychology of Injury: Examination of Psychological Coping Styles and Healing Time of Injured Collegiate Athletes. Presented at the annual Texas A&M System Pathways Research Symposium, Corpus Christi, TX