Dr. Tom West


Department of Exercise Sciences and Sport Studies

Curriculum Vitae


Tom West, PhD, ATC has been working at PennWest California as a Professor since 2004. Dr. West has served in a number of roles during his time at PennWest California. In the past he has served as the director of the Graduate Athletic Training Education Program and chairperson of the Department of Health Science. His teaching has included courses in the Graduate Athletic Training Program, the Exercise Science and Health Promotion graduate program and undergraduate courses primarily in the areas of Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology and Exercise Science. He enjoys teaching online and in the traditional classroom.

Dr. West has stayed active professionally in several ways. He is past president of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society. During his time as president, the society worked with legislators to introduce licensure legislation for Athletic Trainers, with a successful outcome. He serves as a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. He presented at numerous conferences including the International Olympic Committee World Congress, the National Athletic Trainers' Association Convention, Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society Annual Meeting and NATA District meetings, among others. Dr. West has received a Service Award from the NATA and has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame.

Research Interests

  • Motor control issues - integration of sensory input and motor output
  • Shoulder biomechanics and injury prevention
  • Educational technology in health, exercise and medical education
  • The effect of warmup on performance
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology, Motor Behavior emphasis with a minor in Higher Education: Department of Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University

  • M.S. Physical Education, Athletic Training Specialization: Department of Physical Education, West Virginia University

  • B.S. Health Education, Athletic Training Option: Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation,  Pennsylvania State University

Email: west_t@pennwest.edu

Phone: 724-938-4356