Dean's Choice Award

The SHRS Dean’s Choice Award honors an individual who has made great strides in health-related fields beyond his or her profession or degree. This award also recognizes those who are pursuing work that aligns with the Dean’s current priorities.
Dr. Kysha Harriell (Athletic Training, BS '96) 

BS – University of Pittsburgh, Athletic Training, 1996
MS – University of Miami, Sports Medicine, 1999
MS – University of Miami, Sports Administration, 2001
PhD – University of Miami, Exercise Physiology, 2010

Dr. Kysha Harriell is currently the executive director of the Office of Academic Enhancement and a clinical professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Sciences in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami. Before joining the Department of Kinesiology & Sports Sciences, Harriell worked as an assistant athletic trainer in the University’s Athletic Department from 1997 to 2005. 

Harriell is involved in numerous research projects related to women’s health, cultural competency, complementary medicine and health, and medical conditions that affect ethnically diverse individuals. Dr. Kevin Conley, chair, Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition, Pitt SHRS, notes that Harriell is known as a staunch supporter of women and underrepresented minorities, and has a particular interest in how sports medicine can address concerns specific to these groups.

Harriell currently serves as the chair of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee and as a site visitor and committee member for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.