Mario J. Vassalo

Mario J. Vassalo
Lecturer - Exercise and Sport Science
0006.2 Old Main

Office Hours:

  •  Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
  • Thursday 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
  • or by appt, email or call 313-577-1583

  • Ph.D. in Kinesiology, Wayne State University (in progress)
  • M.A. Physical Education/Sport Psychology/Coaching, Central Michigan University (2004)
  • B.S. in Journalism and Public Relations, Central Michigan University (2002)
  • Certified American Red Cross CPR/First Aid/Emergency Responder Instructor
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach for 16 years


 Mario Vassallo has been at Wayne State University since August of 2014. He serves as a Lecturer in Kinesiology and Exercise and Sport Science. His primary responsibilities are teaching, advising graduate students and conducting research with his mentor Dr. Jeff Martin.

Academic Interests

  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Biomechanics and Sports
  • Benefits of Strength and Conditioning for all populations


Area Of Expertise

  • Strength and Conditioning for high school and collegiate athletes
  • Sport Biomechanics
  • Fitness Therapy for individuals with catastrophic injuries, i.e. Traumatic Brain Injuries, Spinal Cord Injuries, Amputees and Stroke
  • Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Research
  • Sport and Disability

Research Interests

  • Athletes who have used Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids
  • Sport and Disability
  • Fitness for Disabled individuals

Courses Taught

  • Cultural Foundations of Kinesiology
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Biomechanics
  • Lifespan Growth and Development

Community Engagement Activities

  • High School Football coach for 13 years
  • summer camps for youth football players in Southeast Michigan