Dr. Melissa Madeson


Melissa Nicole Madeson, associate professor of fitness and sport science, is a native of California. She began teaching courses in the HSU Fitness and Sport Sciences Department in 2008.As a Division I college athlete in track and cross country, she received a B.A. in psychology and an M.S. in kinesiology from California State University, Sacramento. While personal training, teaching group exercise, and sport psychology courses at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, she earned a Ph.D. in sport and exercise psychology.

With great appreciation for health and fitness, she holds certifications for personal training (NASM and AAAI), group exercise instruction, cycling, nutrition (AAAI), and yoga (Yogafit). She is an active member of AASP (Association of Applied Sport Psychology) through conference participation, education, and hands-on work with college, high school, and recreational athletes in mental and physical training.

Madeson is also a member of AAPERD (American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) and has published research in The International Journal of Exercise Science.

Teaching and motivating others to enjoy God’s gift of physical, mental, and spiritual health remains her passion as part of the HSU family.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Art, Psychology, California State University, Sacramento
  • Masters of Science, Kinesiology, California State University, Sacramento
  • Doctorate, Sport & Exercise Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • A Princeton Review Best Western College
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities  
  • Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture
  • US News Best Colleges
  • Military Friendly
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  • College Choice Best Christian Colleges and University
  • University and College Accountability Network