Michelle Gray

Michelle Gray

Assoc Professor

Associate Professor of Exercise Science


(HHPR)-Health, Human Performance, & Recreation

Phone: 479-575-6762

Fax: 479-575-5778

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Michelle Gray is an assistant professor of kinesiology - exercise science. She received her B.S. from the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, then an M.S. in adult fitness and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation at Ball State University. Her Ph.D. was in exercise science (University of Arkansas), where she studied the effects of a power training intervention to increase bone density among pre-menopausal women. After graduation, she taught for three years at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she was also the coordinator of the Kinesiology Laboratory.  Currently, she is a Co-Director of the Office for Studies on Aging and the Director of the College of Education and Health Professions - Honors Program.  

Currently, Dr. Gray is studying the effects of exercise training on functional fitness of older adults.  More specifically, she has been developing a muscular power program that targets physical functioning.  In addition, she is observing the effects of various amino acids and their effects of exercise performance among masters athletes. 

Exercise training among older adults, specifically high-intensity resistance training vs. power training

Importance of lean mass among older adults

Cognition throughout the lifespan

  • Exercise physiology
  • Exercise testing and prescription
  • Exercise prescription for special populations
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Physical dimensions of aging


  • Ph.D., University of Arkansas, 2007
  • M.S., Ball State University, 2003
  • B.S., University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, 2000

(For full listing see attached CV above)


  • Glenn, J.M., Vincenzo, J.L., & Gray, M. (In Review).  Physical markers as predictors of vertical power and agility in master’s athletes.  Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 
  • Powers, M., Gray, M., & Garver, K. (2013).  Attitudes toward older adults: Results form a fitness-based intergenerational learning experience.  Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 11(1).


  • Binns, A. & Gray, M. (2012). Interactions between the thermic effect of food and exercise on total energy expenditure among females. Poster session at the Annual Conference of the Central States Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, Columbia, MO.
  • Glenn, J.M., Cook, I., Di Brezzo, R., Gray, M., & Vincenzo, J.L. (2012).  Comparison of the Shake Weight modality exercises when compared to traditional dumbbells.  Annual Meeting of the Central States Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, Columbia, MO.

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, member 2004-present
American College of Sports Medicine, member 2002-present 

Collaborative Team Work Award, College of Education and Professional Studies, University of Central Oklahoma, 2010 
Emergent Faculty for Professional Contributions, College of Education and Professional Studies, University of Central Oklahoma, 2009


  • Gray, M. (2012).  Impact of an osteoporosis education program on knowledge of osteoporosis.  Women’s Giving Circle, University of Arkansas.  $7,400.  (Funded)
  • Baum, J.I. & Gray, M. (2012 - 2014).  The effects of consuming an egg-based breakfast on energy metabolism, food intake, and glycemic response in school-aged children.  Egg Nutrition Center.  $80,234 (Funded
  • Gray, M. & Di Brezzo, R. (2011).  Exercise as a Treatment for Sarcopenia and Osteoporosis.  Women’s Giving Circle.  $27,477.  (Finalist)
  • Di Brezzo, R., Olson, J., & Gray, M. (2011).  Continuing Activity Through Regular Exercise (CARE).  Women’s Giving Circle.  $20,257 (Finalist).   
  • Powers, M. & Gray, M. (2009-11). Exercise for the treatment of sarcopenia and osteoporosis. Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology. $134,560 (Funded
  • Gray, M. (2009). The effects of a high-impact power program on bone density and muscular power in older women. University of Central Oklahoma Oncampus Grant Program $5,100 (Funded
  • Gray, M. (2008). The relationship between knowledge of osteoporosis and bone mineral density. University of Central Oklahoma Oncampus Grant Program $732 (Funded)