Valerie Wherley, PH.D. is Clinical Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and
Undergraduate Clinical Coordinator. 

Degrees & Certifications: B.S., Exercise Science, University of Maine, 1995; M.S.,
Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Maine, 1997; Ph.D., (ABD), Kinesiology,
University of Connecticut, 2002; Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, University of
Connecticut, 2004; Youth Exercise Specialist (YES), 2013, National Academy of Sports

Research interests & Grants: Prevention strategies for childhood obesity, pediatric
exercise intervention programs, field-based research. Faculty Member in the Presidential
Seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, 2012-2013 Academic Creative Teaching
Grant (ACT), May 2013 

Professional affiliations: American College of Sports Medicine; American College of
Sports Medicine: New England Regional Division; North American Society for Pediatric
Exercise Medicine. 

Volunteer work: USA Fitness Corps first "Fitness Fun Day" staff volunteer,
along with 17 SHU students, Bronx, NY (October 2010); PawPALS program, Longfellow
Elementary School, Bridgeport, CT. 



Risks and Benefits of Childhood Physical Activity (with Patricia E. Longmuir, Rachel C. Colley, and Mark S. Tremblay), PTHMS Faculty Publications (2014)

We were greatly disappointed to read the negative comments recently published regarding the Canadian Society...



Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Position Stand: Benefit and Risk for Promoting Childhood Physical Activity. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism (with Patricia E. Longmuir, Rachel C. Colley, and Mark S. Tremblay), Faculty Publications (2014)

Current guidelines recommend children accumulate 60 min of daily physical activity; however, highly publicized sudden-death...



Effects of Ibuprofen and Vicoprofen (R) on Physical Performance after Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage (with Jaci L. Van Heest, Jim Stoppani, and Tim P. Scheett), Faculty Publications (2002)

Objective: To determine the effects of Vicoprofen® and ibuprofen on aerobic performance, agility, and pain...


Popular Press


CHP Teams Up with Simply Smiles for Mission Trip, Sacred Heart University News Story (2014)

Exercise science students from the College of Health Professions and one student from the John...



Exercise Science Students Get First-Hand Experience, Sacred Heart University News Story (2014)

Sacred Heart University’s exercise science students have been busy this semester participating in various service-learning...



Track & Field Team Holds Throwing Clinic for Bridgeport Students, Sacred Heart University News Story (2014)


Local Bridgeport Students Visit SHU's Athletic Fields to Complete State Physical Fitness Testing, Sacred Heart University News Story (2012)

All third- through sixth-graders from the Bridgeport school attended the event, which was designed to...



Exercise Science Students Reach Out By Reaching In, Sacred Heart University News Story (2012)

Sacred Heart University students in Dr. Valerie Wherley’s Pediatric Exercise Science class (EX 320) recently...



Implementation of a Clinical Education Model Across Academic Disciplines, Higher Education Pedagogy Conference (2013)
A Successful Fusion of an Undergraduate Exercise Science Curriculum and Service Learning Objectives, NEACSM (New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine) (2011)

A Successful fusion of an Undergraduate Exercise Science Curriculum and Service Learning Objectives" NEACSM, Nov.,...