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Michelle Pebole, PhD

Exercise Physiologist 

VA Boston Healthcare System

Harvard University 

I use my knowledge to empower others.

I have ~ 10 years of experience creating exercise programs for people with histories of trauma and conducting research about exercise and trauma. I specialize in working and researching with women with histories of sexual and gender-based violence.

I use this knowledge to empower trauma survivors to pursue their physical and mental wellbeing. I also use this experience to educate and empower exercise professionals to make their spaces safe and inclusive. Lastly, I advocate for exercise to be integrated into our mental healthcare system.

My work is informed by personal experience, professional training, and the voices of trauma survivors I have the privilege of working with.

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Education

Postdoc: Polytrauma, Boston VA & Harvard University 

PhD: Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

MA: Exercise Physiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

BS: Exercise and Sports Science, Elon University

Recent honors and awards:

New Investigator Award, American College of Sports Medicine (2023)

Health and Behavior International Collaborative Award (2023)

Co-chair, Lifestyle Interventions for Traumatic Stress, ISTSS (2023)

Research Award - Lifestyle Interventions for Traumatic Stress, ISTSS (2021)

William H Creswell Jr. Graduate Student Award, UIUC (2021)

Teacher Ranked Excellent by Their Students, UIUC (2020 - 2022)

Graduate Student Travel Award, UIUC (2020)

Out of Office Michelle

When I'm not working, I'm finding a new trail to hike or place to visit, playing volleyball, listening to an audiobook, teaching a rowing class, or hyping up my friends' dogs. I would love to know your favorite travel location!

Recent honors and awards:

Most likely to have a strong opinion about pizza 

Barbie (Movie) Superfan  

Least likely to fit in small cars 

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“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”

                                 ― Maya Angelou

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