College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Dr. Debra Stroiney
PhD, Springfield College
Associate Professor

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Phone: (703) 993-7075
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George Mason University
Science and Technology Campus
Katherine G. Johnson Hall 201D
10890 George Mason Circle
MS 4E5
Manassas, VA 20110


I always feel like I had an interesting path to my current position in the field of Kinesiology.  I have been an active individual all of my life participating in dance and sport.  During my undergraduate years I majored in psychology because I was fascinated by human behavior and loved science.  I went on to work in human resources but realized I did not enjoy working in the corporate world.  After a time of night being as active I began to exercise more and realized how much better felt.  I was intrigued by this and realized that I could go on and get a masters degree in sport & exercise psychology.  Which I did, during my years in grad school I also worked as a ballroom dance instructor.  This was a great job to have at the tie because it allowed me to be active and apply some of the things I was learning in school.  I went on to work in a corporate fitness center as a health fitness specialist.  After a few years in this setting I realized I wanted to tech the next generation of fitness professionals as well as do research in this area.  I decided to pursue my doctorate and decided to do so in Exercise Physiology instead of pscyhology.  This was the best path for me because the physiology component is a key piece that I was missing.  I completed my PhD and have been working in academic since 2014.  It took me a little while but I did find what I truly enjoy doing every day.  

Research Interests

My research interests span a wide range but all within the field of health and exercise. Areas of research I have be in involved in the past or are actively pursuing: 

  • The effects of self-myofascial release on sport performance when implemented prior to the activity. 
  • Mood, motivation and exercise adherence within a health, fitness or sport setting. 
  • Tracking of physical activity, accuracy of wrist worn devices. 
  • Exercise is medicine, interventions which drive to improve health and motivation to exercise in at risk clients. 
Recent Publications

Journal Articles: 

  • Stroiney, DS, Morkis, RL, Hanna, GR, & Ranney, JD. (2020).  Examination of Self-Myofascial Release vs. instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Tecniques on Veritcal and Horizontal Power in Recreational Athletes. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 34(1), 79-88.
  • Stroiney, DS, Herrick, SL, Paolone, VJ, & Matthews, TD (2020).  The Effects of an Acute Bout of Self-Myofascial Release on the Physiological Parameters of Running.  International Journal of Exercise Science,13(3), 113-122.  

American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, May 2019 

Stroiney, D., Ghoddosi, N., & Ranney, J. (2019).  Exercise Intensity as a Predictor of Mood States

American College of Sports Medicine Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, November 2018:

 Flink, T.,  Stroiney, D., Wojnarowski, K. (2018). Acute Changes in Positive Well-being, Psychological Distress, and Fatigue after Group Exercise in Older Adults.

American College of Sports Medicine Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, November 2017, Harrisburg, PA.  

Stroiney, D., Morkis, R., Rainy, J., & Hannah, G. (2016).  The effects of self-administered myofascial release and IASTM on performance in recreational athletes.

American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, May 2015 

 Stroiney, D., Herrick, S., Vitti, S., Bossie, J. & Paolone, V. (2015).  The effects of an acute bout of self-myofascial release on the physiological parameters of running                    

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