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R. Christopher Mason, PhD

r. christopher masonAssociate Professor – Department Chair
Public & Allied Health Sciences
mason [at] desu.edu


  • Ph.D., The University of Georgia, July 2015 
    Department of Kinesiology
    Major Area: Human Motor Behavior
    Dissertation Title: The Effects of Community-Based Exercise on the Physical Function of Older Adult Women
  • M.A., The University of Georgia, August 2006
    Department of Kinesiology
    Major Area: Human Motor Behavior
    Thesis Title: Reliability of the Sensory Organization Test in Healthy College Students
  • B.S., Florida A&M University, December 2002
    Major: Biology; Minor: Chemistry

Research Interests

  • The neuromuscular control and efficiency of functional movement across populations and the pathological and age-associated changes in functional movement across the lifespan.


  • Ray, C., Horvat, M., Croce, R., Mason, RC, Wolf, S. (2008). The impact of vision loss on postural stability and balance strategies in individuals with profound vision loss. Gait & Posture, 28(1), 58-61.
  •  Guyotte E, Horvat M, Franklin C, Ray C, Mason RC. (2013). Submaximal estimation of strength in high school football athletes. Clinical Kinesiology, 67(1), 1-5.
  • Mason, RC., Horvat, M., & Nocera, J. (2016). The effects of exercise on the physical fitness of high and moderate-low functioning older adult women. Journal of Aging Research, 2016(1), 1-7
  • Homer, V. Starkman, M., Mason, RC, Anwar, Z. (2019). Preferred Movement Pathway and Balance: How Proper Shoes and Orthotics Affect Athletic Performance. Lower Extremity Review
  • Hockstein, M., Coker, J., Fisher, M., Mason, RC., Moultrie, L., Scott, D., Tuxward, A., Terheyden, J., Adamson, B., Allen, T., & DeLauder, S. (2021). Assessment of a multifaceted approach, including frequent PCR testing, to the mitigation of COVID-19 transmission at Delaware State University. The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Professional Organizations and Memberships

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)