Dr. Gina Mabrey

Associate Professor
Department Head, Program Chair, Bachelor of Science: Exercise Science and Wellness

(256) 782-8059

Dr. Mabrey has served in various and diverse roles at Jacksonville State University (JSU) throughout her tenure. Upon completion of her Master’s degree at Auburn University in December 1993, she began teaching at JSU in January 1994 within the College of Education’s Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) Department as an adjunct instructor then obtained full-time faculty status along with the role of Wellness Coordinator in 2006. In the coordinator role, she managed all aspects of University faculty and staff wellness programming including administering stress/fitness testing, fitness assessments, exercise prescription, wellness counseling and education, designing, implementing, and promoting the wellness program. As a dedicated faculty member, she was appointed to chair of JSU’s Exercise Science & Wellness (ESW) undergraduate program where she spearheaded the restructuring of the ESW curriculum to better serve students. Dr. Mabrey’s leadership role was expanded in 2013 when she was selected as Department Chair for HPER, which was later renamed the Department of Kinesiology in 2014 through her efforts.
Dr. Mabrey has excelled in the areas of scholarship and service through her work on numerous college and university committees as well as community organizations. She has been a long-standing member of the Alabama Obesity Task Force and has served as a ScaleBack Alabama Coordinator since 2008. Dr. Mabrey’s leadership has advanced JSU’s educational efforts by securing approval for new undergraduate and graduate programs in Sport Management and Athletic Training, respectively. Her dissertation work on “Movement Integration in the Elementary Classroom” has been presented at the national level. She continues working diligently to promote physical activity and movement integration into the lives of Alabama children by serving in leadership roles within SHAPE America’s Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (ASAHPERD) including President, Vice-President Physical Education division, College Council Chair, Ethnic Minority Chair, Awards Committee Chair, Director of Membership, and Vice President Sport and Exercise Science Division. Her contributions to the profession were recognized in 2019 with ASAHPERD’s highest distinction- the Honor Award. Dr. Mabrey was honored by Jacksonville State University’s Alumni Association as the Faculty of the Year in 2019.

Academic Research/Interests:
  • Employee Wellness Programming
  • Movement Integration in schools
  • Strength & Conditioning for performance
Courses Taught:
  • HPE 109 Concepts of Wellness
  • HPE 165 Introduction to Exercise Science & Wellness
  • HPE 400 Exercise Physiology
  • HPE 405 Scientific Principles of Conditioning
  • HPE 415 Biomechanics
  • HPE 441 Design of Wellness Programs
  • HPE 465 Practicum in Exercise Science & Wellness
  • Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama, B.S. Exercise Science & Wellness (1991)
  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, M.S. Exercise Physiology, (1993)
  • The University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, PhD, Health Education/Promotion (2017)
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