Dr. Megan E. Holmes

Research/Teaching Expertise


  • Associate Professor
  • Director, Physical Activity and Wellness Laboratory


Email: mholmes@colled.msstate.edu

Complete Vitae


  • Michigan State University (Ph.D., 2011, Kinesiology)
  • Iowa State University (M.S., 2006 , Exercise and Sport Science)
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney (B.S., 2004, Comprehensive Major in Exercise Science )

Areas of Teaching

  • Physical Activity Epidemiology
  • Fitness Programs and Testing
  • Research Methods

Areas of Research

  • Pediatric Exercise Science
  • Physical Activity and Metabolic Health
  • Physical Activity Assessment
  • Psychosocial Stress and Metabolic Health

Selected Publications

  • Holmes ME, Kvasnicka MA, Webb HE, Brocato DK. Metabolic Health and Academic Achievement in Youth At Risk for High School Dropout in Rural Mississippi: The Role of Classroom Management. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2018; (11): 115-9.
  • Chen C-C (JJ), Holmes ME , Wood KE, Ryuh Y-J, Kulinna PH. Are You Better than a 12-year-old Student? A Pilot Study to Explore Physical Literacy in Pre-Service Physical Education Teachers. (In Press, The Physical Educator)
  • Holmes ME , Spring KE. A Brief Review of the Physical activity, Stress, and Metabolic Syndrome Relationship in Youth: Consideration of Socioeconomic Position as a Chronic Stressor. Medical Research Archives. 2018-04-17 2018;6(4).
  • Rountree JA, Krings BM, Peterson TJ, Thigpen AG, McAllister MJ, Holmes ME , Smith JW. Efficacy of Carbohydrate Ingestion on CrossFit Exercise Performance. Sports. 2017; 5(3), 61
  • Knight AC, Holmes ME , Chander H, Kimble A, Stewart JT. Assessment of balance among adolescent track and field athletes. Sports Biomech. 2016;15(2):169-79.
  • Smith JW, Holmes ME , McAllister MJ. Nutritional Considerations for Performance in Young Athletes. J Sports Med. 2015; 2015:734649.
  • Holmes ME , Ekkekakis P, Eisenmann JC. The physical activity, stress and metabolic syndrome triangle: A guide to unfamiliar territory for the obesity researcher. Obes Rev. 2010;11(7):492-507.
  • Holmes ME , Eisenmann JC, Ekkekakis P, Gentile D. Physical activity, stress, and metabolic risk score in 8- to 18-year-old boys. J Phys Act Health. 2008;5(2):294-307.

Book Chapters

  • Holmes, ME . Physical Activity, Stress, and Obesity. In Handbuch Stressregulation und Sport. Fuchs, R. & Gerber, M. (eds.) 311-323. 2017. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Berlin, Heidelberg.
  • Holmes, ME. Physical Activity Epidemiology. Brown, SP (ed.) In Fundamentals of Kinesiology. 2013. Kendal Hunt. Dubuque, IA.

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

  • American Association of University Women (2016-present)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (2007-present)
  • International Society of Sports Nutrition (2004-present)
  • North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine (2004-present)