Melinda Millard-Stafford, Ph.D.

"Physical Activity for Americans: Why Exercise is Medicine!"


Dr. Melinda (Mindy) Millard-Stafford is Professor and Associate Chair in the School of Applied Physiology at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.  She rose through the academic ranks at Georgia Tech as an Assistant Professor (formerly in the Department of Physical Education) to her current appointment as Full Professor and Director of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory.  she also serves as Graduate Coordinator of the Applied Physiology doctoral program that began in 2005.  Mindy received her B.S. in physical education from Pennsylvania State University where she was a four-year letter winner in women's swimming and Team Captain.  She went on to earn her Masters' degree in physical education from the University of Florida under the tutelage of Dr. Christian Zauner and the late Dr. Robert Cade (inventor of Gatorade).  After working as Head Swim Coach and Instructor at Mount Holyoke college, she moved south again to earn her Ph.D. in exercise physiology at the University of Georgia in 1986 under Dr. Kirk Cureton.

Dr. Millard-Stafford is an experienced investigator in the file dof applied exercise physiology, focusing primarily upon fluid and nutritional strategies to enhance exercise performance in the heat.  She has also published in the area of body composition assessment using a multi- component model while accounting for total body water.  In the late 1980's her group's field research indicated that running performance in the heat was improved with carbohydrate-electrolyte solutions, despite the prevailing dogma at the time.  Moreover, her interests have also been in gender-specific and pediatric responses to exercise in warm, humid environments.

In the past decade, Dr. Millard-Stafford has received over one million dollars in research funding from industrial sponsors, the NCAA, national sport governing bodies, and state governmental agencies.  She has published over 40 peer-reviewed research article and presented over 80 research conference abstracts.  she has also served on expert scientific peer review panels for the Department of Defense Military Health and Medical Research Programs and 15 years on the editorial board for the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.  Her achievements in exercise science prompted induction into the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education in 2003.

Dr. Millard-Stafford has given much of her time to professional service in her field and community.  She is a past president of the Southeastern Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, serving from 200-2003, and receiving the SEACSM Service Award in 2004.  Mindy was elected to the Board of Trustees, Vice-President and, then in 2008-2009, President of the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM).  Se has been a Sport Science Consultant for Georgia Tech Athletics (including 1990 National Football championship and Final Four Basketball Teams), the NHL Atlanta Thrashers, NFL Atlanta Falcons, and 1996 Summer Olympic Medical Support Group.  She served four years on the NCAA Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspect committee.  From 2003-2007, she was a Scientific Advisor for the Beverage Institute of Health & Wellness of The Coca-cola Company.  As a mother of a teenage daughter, she continues to volunteer her time coaching and providing sport science expertise to youth soccer and USA Swimming clubs.

Dr. Melinda Millard-Stafford

(October 18, 2012). Dr. Melinda Millard-Stafford, professor and associate chair of the School of Applied Physiology at the Georgia Institute of Technology.