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2024 American Athletic Conference Academic Symposium

The University of Texas at San Antonio is proud to host the American Athletic Conference Academic Consortium's 2024 Academic Symposium. The Consortium funds grants for research in the area of student-athlete well-being, and the Symposium brings together student-athletes, scholars, and athletics staff from The American's member institutions to learn about the results of the research. The symposium also provides a space for collaborative efforts across the membership to discuss and enhance the student-athlete experience. 

We are looking forward to welcoming participants to San Antonio and encourage each of you to experience and enjoy as much of its culture as possible. Registration for the event can be found here. Please note that registration is free. 



More information about the Academic Consortium and previously funded research may be found here.




Researchers Institution Title of Research
  • Kelly Cheever PhD. ATC - UTSA (PI)
  • Summer Rollin PSYD - UTSA
  • Stefanie Cisneros, M.A. - UTSA
University of Texas at San Antonio The Development and Validation of a Peer-Mentoring Program to Improve Student-Athlete Psychological Readiness, Academic Performance and Persistence.
  • Eric E. Coris, M.D., (PI) - USF
  • Rebecca M. Lopez, PhD, ATC, CSCS, FNATA, (Co-PI)
  • Candi Ashley, PhD
University of South Florida Heat Illness in Elite Athletes: Defining modifiable factors in heat stress physiology and the utility of a pre-season heat illness prevention acclimatization protocol. 
  • Seok Kang, Ph.D., (PI) - UTSA
  • Adel Alaeddini, Ph.D., (Co-PI) - UTSA
University of Texas at San Antonio Student-Athletes’ Road to Success in College Life: Factors Influencing Well-being, Athletic, and Academic Performance.
  • Philip Mullins, Ph.D., LPC, (PI) - WSU
  • Jason Li, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, (Co-PI) - WSU
  • Jody Fiorini, Ph.D., (Co-PI) - WSU
Wichita State University Exploring Mental Health in Athletics: Post-COVID-19 review of athletic department
practices and student-athlete barriers to mental health.
  • Trent A. Petrie, Ph.D., (PI) - UNT
  • Tess Palmateer, Ph.D., (Co-PI) - FAU
  • Logan Hartnell, Ph.D., (Co-PI) - UNCC
  • Erin Albert, Ph.D., (Co-PI) - UNCC
  • Ally Wade, Ph.D., (Co-PI) - SMU
  • W. Whitney Moore, Ph.D., (Co-PI) - ECU
University of North Texas AAC Student-Athlete Mental Health: Development and Implementation of a Standardized Screening Process.