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Lt. Colonel Dena Garner, Ph.D.

Dr. Dena Garner is a full professor in the Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Science and is the Director of Research and Grants at The Citadel as well as the Director of Undergraduate Research at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. She started working at The Citadel in 2004 while completing her post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology at the Medical University of South Carolina, also located in Charleston. Before her move to Charleston, she worked at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon where she also received her doctoral degree in exercise physiology. She received her Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in exercise physiology and an undergraduate degree from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.

She has been working in the area of mouthpiece use and effect on human performance since 2005 with studies that have focused on reaction time, lactate, and cortisol and the effect of mouthpiece use on these parameters. In addition, her research has focused on mouthpiece use during steady state exercise and effects on oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange as well as the proposed mechanisms for positive effects on airway dynamics in a healthy population. Recently she has compared current mouthpiece designs to new designs of mouthpieces.

In addition to research in the area of mouthpiece use and effect on human performance, Dr. Garner is involved in a research study which encompasses testing and evaluating physiologic neuro-assessment devices in healthy versus traumatic brain injury populations. Related to this research she was awarded a multi-year grant from the Henry Jackson Foundation to assess neurologic assessment devices in healthy populations.

In her new roles as Director of Research and Grants and Director of Undergraduate Research at The Citadel she works with The Citadel campus to promote research and scholarly activity in all departments.  As the Director of Research and Grants, her job is to promote external grants to support faculty research and specifically to improve the faculty/student mentoring within these research grants.  During the first year of directing undergraduate research she worked closely with the Provost and the departments to implement The Citadel SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) program in the summer 2017.  

Contact Information
Telephone: 843-953-7496
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Degrees:
Post doctorate Neurology - Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance - Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
M.S. in Exercise Physiology - University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
B.A. in Art Design/History - Furman University, Greenville, SC

Research Interests:
Concussion, non-invasive neurologic devices and traumatic brain injury, and the effect of mouthpieces on human performance.

Lt. Colonel Garner's Vita

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