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Mindy Smith, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor in Applied Health Science



717-766-2511 ext. 7055

Interest and areas of expertise

Sport and exercise psychology, community engagement and health promotion, support for collegiate student-athletes in the transition to lifetime physical activity, performance benefits of Pilates and yoga training for athletes.

  • B.A. Health and Physical Education (Messiah College)
  • M.S. Exercise Science and Physical Education (McDaniel College)
Classes I teach

APHS 170 Concepts of Conditioning
APHS 210 Exercise Psychology
APHS 220 Health Promotion Management
APHS 360 Exercise Testing and Prescription
APHS 412 Sr. Sem for Health/ Exercise Science
HPED 229 Motor Learning
HPED 305 Contemporary Issues in Health


Dr. Mindy Smith is an alumna of Messiah and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education. After graduating from Messiah, she taught high school Health Education and served as a varsity girls' soccer coach, while completing her Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. Dr. Smith completed her EdD in Kinesiology through the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.

Dr. Smith is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA, as well as a certified Mat Pilates instructor. Her primary research interests are within sport and exercise psychology, including program design and support for collegiate student-athletes in the transition to lifetime physical activity after graduation. Dr. Smith also has a strong interest in community engagement and health promotion. Dr. Smith has presented at numerous professional conferences, and has been published in several peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Smith loves to trail run, garden, make food for people and spend time outside with her family (and usually a soccer ball!). She lives in Dillsburg with her husband, Brent, daughter, Kendi and son, Kiptyn.


Harrison, T., Weigel, D., & Smith, M. (2020). The application of faith and learning: Faith-based anchor institutions and community engagement. Metropolitan Universities Journal, 31(3), 163-180.

Smith, M. B., Gill, D. L., & Reifsteck, E. J. (2020). An intervention to support collegiate student-athletes in the transition to meaningful lifetime physical activity. Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology, 4(1), 75-83.

Smith, M.B., Reifsteck, E.J., & Gill, D.L. (2018). Moving into an active future: Supporting lifetime physical activity for student-athletes. ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal, 22(4), 10–15.