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Shelby Baez – Athletic Training

Assistant Professor -Athletic Training

Director, Psychology of Sport Injury Laboratory
MOTION Science Institute


Twitter: @shelbybaezatc



Shelby Baez, Ph.D., ATC, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. Dr. Baez is a certified and licensed athletic trainer with an expertise in psychology of sport injury and an approved non-certified mentor for aspiring CMPCs through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Prior to joining the EXSS faculty in 2022, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and the Director of the Behavioral Research & Athletic Injury Neuroscience (BRAIN) Laboratory at Michigan State University. Dr. Baez attended UNC-Chapel Hill for her B.A. in Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in Athletic Training (2013), and the University of Kentucky for her M.S. in Athletic Training (2016) and Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology as a Lyman T. Johnson Fellow (2019).

Dr. Baez’s research examines the impact of psychosocial factors on health outcomes after sport-related injury, with a focus on patients after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Her lab examines the impact of psychosocial factors on biological outcomes, such as neurocognitive function, biomechanical alterations, and secondary injury risk. Her lab also seeks to identify clinically feasible and novel psychosocial interventions to improve health outcomes. These techniques range from graded exposure therapies to virtual reality mindfulness meditation. Dr. Baez has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and other regional and national foundations to support her work. She is a member of AASP, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), was the recipient of the AASP Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2020, and the recipient of the ACSM New Investigator Award in 2023.

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