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Jessica Washington, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science


I am an advocate of curiosity and passion, regardless of an individual’s interest. Researchers, teachers, and students alike are all equipped with the innate tendency to explore the world around them, ask questions, and seek answers. My objective as a teacher, adviser, and mentor is to foster students’ curiosities and skills for their academic and professional purpose.

-Jessica Washington



I was born and raised in Auburn, Alabama. I received my PhD in Kinesiology (Biomechanics) in the Sports Medicine and Movement Laboratory at Auburn University. Prior to working at FSC, I served as an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Berry College in Rome, GA.

Through my career, I have worked with collegiate athletes of a multitude of sports including softball, baseball, golf, basketball, track and field, tennis and dance. My research interests lie in sports medicine and injury prevention, specifically of the shoulder and spine in upper extremity athletes. My current interests lie in investigating glenohumeral internal rotation deficit (GIRD) differences among genders and sport specific tasks and its relationship to thoracic and lumbar spine mobility.

I am a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES).

My passion is working with collegiate athletes and students in improving their performance and overall health, while preventing injury.


Washington JK, Elmer DJ, Conn VA, and Wheelen EE. (2022). Upper Body Muscle Excitation During Sprinting. National American College of Sports Medicine. San Diego, CA.

Washington JK, Willoughby ME. (2020). Correlation of Lumbopelvic-Hip Complex Stability to Pain in NCAA Division III Golfers. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise Volume 52:5 Supplement.

Washington JK and Oliver GD. (2020). Relationship of Pelvis and Torso Angular Jerk to hand velocity in female softball hitting. Journal of Sports Sciences. 1-7. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2019.1679584.