The Bridgewater State University Athletic Training Program is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of professional faculty dedicated to advancing the knowledge of athletic training students through quality, didactic learning experiences. The highly qualified faculty located at Bridgewater State University play a critical role in preparing athletic training students for the rigors and demands of clinical experience, as well as future employment in the field of Athletic Training.
Program Director Clinical Coordinator
Suanne Maurer-Starks, EdD, ATC
Athletic Training Program Director
Philip Szlosek, PhD, LAT, ATC
Dr. Maurer-Starks completed her baccalaureate degree in Physical Education and Athletic Training from Canisius College, her masters degree in Deaf Education from Canisius College, her CAS in Educational Administration from Hofstra University and doctorate of education degree in Health from Columbia University, Teachers College. Prior to joining the faculty at Bridgewater, Dr. Maurer-Starks was on faculty at Northeastern University. She has also served as a program director at Hofstra University's Athletic Training Program. She has been a practicing athletic trainer and has worked with a variety of intercollegiate athletic teams. Suanne has been involved in the World Games for the Deaf medical staff and has traveled to two International Games, including Sofia, Bulgaria, and Copenhagen, Denmark. The courses she is responsible for teaching are predominately in the field of athletic training. Dr. Maurer-Starks has spoken at district and national conferences, including the Eastern Athletic Trainer's Association annual meeting; the National Athletic Trainer's annual meeting and the American Alliance for Physical Education, Recreation and Dance's annual meeting. She is active in the Athletic Training profession and has been a test site Administrator and currently serves on the Thomas Sheehan Scholarship Selection Committee. Her current research efforts revolve around athletic training pedagogy and issues surrounding diversity within the profession of athletic training.
Dr. Philip Szlosek joins the BSU faculty in the Department of Movement Arts, Health Promotion, and Leisure Studies. Dr. Szlosek earned his PhD in Teaching and Administration from Springfield College and is a certified athletic trainer. Prior to joining BSU, Philip served as an adjunct faculty member and certified athletic trainer for Springfield College, and a certified athletic trainer for The College of William and Mary. Dr. Szlosek received his Masters degree in Athletic Training from Old Dominion University and his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Springfield College. The courses that Philip will be teaching will primarily be in the field of athletic training. His current research agenda includes evaluating athletic training professional readiness and the development of a professional readiness assessment instrument for athletic training. Philip has presented original research in multiple venues including the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Clinical Symposia. In his free time Dr. Szlosek enjoys spending time with his family, playing the saxophone, enjoying the outdoors, and following Boston professional sports.
Robert Colandreo, DPT, ATC, CSCS
Dr. Colandreo received his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education with a Concentration in Athletic Training from Bridgewater State in 1995. He received his Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 2002 and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2004 both from Sargent College of Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University. After his graduation from Bridgewater, he taught Physical Education and Health and was the athletic trainer at Matignon High School in Cambridge, MA. He returned to BSU in the summer of 1998 as Assistant Athletic Trainer in the Athletics Department, a position he held 3 years. In the fall of 2003 he joined the athletic training faculty as a one-year temporary appointment and was appointed full-time in 2004. Bob teaches courses in therapeutic exercise and therapeutic modalities. He remains clinically active providing athletic training coverage for football and ice hockey at Matignon High School. During the summer he provides coverage for the New England Pro-Am Hockey League and its five internationally recognized junior hockey tournaments. His extensive clinical experience has also included work with the New England Patriots, Bay State Games, Gary Gray Physical Therapy, and summer sport camps throughout the Boston area. Bob is nationally certified by the Board of Certification as an athletic trainer (ATC) and is licensed in Massachusetts as an athletic trainer and a physical therapist. He is also certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is the President-Elect of ATOM and an active member of the NATA, APTA and NSCA.
James E. Leone, PhD, MPh, ATC, CSCS, *D, CHES
Dr. Leone is an Associate Professor of Health in the Department of Movement Arts, Health Studies, and Leisure Studies at Bridgewater State University and joined the Bridgewater community in 2008. He earned his Ph.D. in health education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale; his M.S. from Indiana State University, and a B.S. from Bridgewater State University. Prior to joining BSU, Dr. Leone held faculty appointments at The George Washington University, Northeastern University, and Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Serving many diverse roles has been a highlight of Dr. Leone’s career; he served as Clinical Education Coordinator and Program Director in the undergraduate athletic training education program at SIUC, head athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist at several high schools in Massachusetts, Illinois, and Kentucky, and more recently as an educator, consultant, and author. Academically passionate accurately describes Dr. Leone in terms of his role(s) in the classroom and in the academic world. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in well-known journals such as the Journal of Athletic Training, Journal of School Health, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Body Image: An International Journal of Research, Athletic Training Education Journal, and the Strength and Conditioning Journal among others. In addition to his publications, he also has presented his research well over 100 times in a variety of international, national, regional, state, and local venues. Dr. Leone’s academic interests include: male health, body image, drug abuse epidemiology (androgenic anabolic steroids), celiac disease, and issues in professional development. He has written several chapters for various textbooks in addition to his own book on male health titled, Concepts in Male Heath: Perspectives across the Lifespan. He is an active member of several national, regional and state professional organizations and holds certifications and/or licensure in athletic training, strength and conditioning and health education. Dr. Leone also serves on the Executive Board for the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD). Dr. Leone is an active member of the American Public Health Association (APHA), American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Eta Sigma Gamma National Health Education Honorary Society, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He also serves as a reviewer and associate editor for various professional journals. On a personal note, Dr. Leone enjoys physical activity (running, hiking, weight training, and softball), reading and writing, and traveling; he resides in Waltham, MA.
Jennifer Dowd, ATC, NREMT-B, WEMT
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Sports Medicine and minor in Occupational Safety from Keene State College. She has been a Certified Athletic Trainer for over 18 years and has been the Head Athletic Trainer for Stoughton Public Schools since 2008. In addition to being a part time faculty member at Bridgewater State, Jennifer has been an athletic training clinical instructor for over 8 years. She has extensive clinical experience at both the high school and collegiate levels, having worked at such institutions as Emerson College and University of the South, Sewanee. Complementing her skills, Jennifer has over 10 years of experience in EMS, including pre-hospital care, emergency department, and a certification for wilderness emergency medicine. Aside from her duties throughout the academic year, Jennifer serves as a volunteer firefighter in West Forks, Maine, where she spends her summers working as a White Water Raft Guide.
Kathleen Laquale, PhD, ATC, LDN
Dr. Kathleen Laquale is a Professor in the Department of Movement Arts, Health Promotion Leisure Studies. She served as the Program Director for the ATP from the fall, 1998 to the spring, 2006 and specializes in teaching assessment of sports related injuries, administration in athletic training, and sports nutrition for the physically active. Prior to coming to BSU, she served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Rhode Island College (1984-1997) and Head Women's Athletic Trainer at Providence College (1977-1984). She was an adjunct professor at Rhode Island College for the physical education department (1984-1997) and at the University of Rhode Island for the Department of Food Science and Nutrition (1993-1996). Dr. Laquale is a well-published author in sports nutrition, dietary practices of collegiate wrestlers, ergogenic aids and nutritional supplements, medical issues of the female athlete, flexibility and stretching strategies. She has provided various lectures at numerous district, national and international workshops, conferences and symposia. She is the Column Editor on Nutrition for Athletic Therapy Today. Dr. Laquale is a member of the NATA Hall of Fame (2005) and past District One Director to the NATA Executive Board of Directors (1998-2004).
Marcia K. Anderson, PhD, ATC
Dr. Marcia K. Anderson taught athletic training and physical education classes at Bridgewater State University for over 32 years before retiring in December of 2013. During that time, she served as the Director of the nationally accredited Athletic Training Program (ATP) for 25 years and served as Department Chair for 6 years. She is credited with developing the Graduate entry-level ATP in 2005 becoming the only graduate entry-level ATP east of the Mississippi. She is leading author of two of the leading textbooks in athletic training education, “Foundations of athletic training: Prevention, assessment, and management” and “Fundamentals of sports injury management”, in addition to authoring the “Quick Reference Guide to Sports Injury Management”, numerous chapters in other books, and journal articles. She has presented throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Japan. In 2011 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Faculty Research at Bridgewater State University, and later that year was inducted in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Hall of Fame. The Marcia K. Anderson Athletic Training Endowed Fund was established to support athletic training students who present or serve in a leadership role at regional and national conferences.
Victoria L. Bacon, EdD, CGP
Jeanne O'Brien, MS, ATC
Jeanne was named Head Athletic Trainer at Bridgewater State University in August of 2005. She has 19 years experience as an NATA-BOC Certified Athletic Trainer which includes extensive experience in intercollegiate athletics, as well as, Athletic Training Education. She is a two time graduate of Springfield College (MA) where she received her Bachelors degree in Health/Fitness and Athletic Training in 1986 and a Master's Degree in Sports Injury Prevention and Management in 1992.
Her professional experience includes Assistant Athletic Trainer and Instructor at East Carolina University (NC), Head Athletic Trainer and Assistant Professor at Springfield College (MA), Outreach Athletic Trainer for Plymouth (MA) South High School, as well as, Coordinator of Medical Coverage for various athletic events such as the Massachusetts Senior Games, Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-off Classic, NCAA Division III Basketball championships, Massachusetts High School Football Championships, NCAA Division I Men's Volleyball Championship and for the International Field Hockey Association. She has provided Sports Medicine services to the US Wheelchair Men's Basketball team, the participants in the 2000 Boston Marathon and various youth sport events.
Jeanne has taught in-services and seminars regarding risk management in athletics, medical concerns for the geriatric athlete, management of head & neck injuries in athletics, on field management of protective equipment in the critically injured athlete, concussion management in athletics, medical clearance for the intercollegiate athlete, youth sport coaches education and stress management techniques. Courses taught in four different Athletic Training Education Programs include Sports First Aid, Intro to Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries, Advanced Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries, Athletic Training Organization and Administration, Therapeutic Modalities, Intro to Athletic Training Skills, Foundations of Sports Injuries and Upper Extremity Foundations.
Victoria L. Bacon is a professor in the Department of Counselor Education at Bridgewater State University where she prepares school guidance and mental health counselors. She is a member of the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), and the American Counseling Association (ACA). Dr. Bacon has counseling experience with children and adolescents in schools, colleges, and community mental health settings. Scholarship activities include publications in journals and books as well as presentations at state, national, and international conferences on issues related to adolescent addiction, group interventions, and critical incident acute stress reactions and debriefing for school counselors. More recently she has co-authored two book chapters: A Group Intervention for Athletic Teams (high school aged) and Substance Abuse (for athletes). For the past several years, Dr. Bacon has been involved in interdisciplinary education efforts, teaching preventive education to students in the allied health care professions: athletic training, physical therapy, and nutrition.
Kimberly A. Wise, EdD, AT
Kimberly Ashton Wise completed her baccalaureate and masters degree in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training from Barry University; she received her terminal degree in Education from Northeastern University. She has 21 years of college-level teaching experience, and holds current professional credentials as a board certified substitute teacher from the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. As a practicing athletic trainer, Kimberly has worked with a variety of intercollegiate athletic teams, volunteered as a medical provider for multiple organizations, and served as a test site administrator. At BSU, she teaches predominately in Health Science & Athletic Training. Kimberly has spoken at district and national conferences, including but not limited to Eastern Athletic Trainer's Association; National Athletic Trainers’ Association; American College of Sports Medicine; and the American Alliance for Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Her current research efforts revolve around Reflective Practice, Adult Andragogy and Vulnerability.