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Matthew Renfrow

Associate Dean of Health Sciences

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lifespan exercise physiology pediatric weight management


  • PhD, Human Performance/Exercise Science, Middle Tennessee State University
  • MS, Exercise Science and Health Promotion, Middle Tennessee State University 
  • BS, Exercise Science and Health Promotion, Belmont University

Career Highlights

One of my biggest honors at Taylor is to co-direct a program called “Live Well.” It is a family-based, pediatric weight management program that is completely student administered. I get to observe my students minister Christ’s redemptive love, grace, and truth to children who are often neglected and mistreated because of their weight struggles. Not only do my students hone technical skills for the healthcare fields they will be entering, but they also develop the soft skills of problem-solving, empathy, and sacrificial service. It is a great joy then to see these youngsters improve their health while deeply connecting with my students!

Featured Publications 

White, M. & Renfrow, M. (2018) A cross-training program does not alter self-reported physical activity levels in elementary school children. International Journal of Exercise Science. 11(5):308-315.

Pfeifer, D., Arvin, K., Haynes, N., Herschberger, C., & Renfrow, M. (2017) A low dose caffeine and carbohydrate supplement does not improve athletic performance during volleyball competition. International Journal of Exercise Science, 10(3): 340-353.

Renfrow, M., Caputo, J., Otto, S., Farley, R., & Eveland, B. (2011). The relationship between sports participation and health-related physical fitness in middle school and high school students. The Physical Educator, 68(3), 118-123.


I was a collegiate soccer player (goalie!) and specialized in pediatric exercise physiology in graduate school. And I still get to work in those areas here at TU. I play intramural soccer with students as well as volunteer coach with our varsity soccer teams. I teach a lifespan exercise physiology course and help run the pediatric weight management program. I am truly blessed to work at a Christ-centered institution that I love, with colleagues who are exceptional, and for students who are excellent!


Movies, watch-collecting, and shoe-shining