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Dr. Melanie Poudevigne

Tenured Full Professor

Office: Magnolia Hall 131
Health Fitness Management
College of Health


Melanie Poudevigne is a recognized scientist and author in the exercise sciences. As an ACSM fellow, she also represents ACSM as its topical representative in psychology, neuroscience and behavioral sciences. With her influential management inspired by her practice as an AASP Certified Mental Performance Consultant and MSPE mindfulness instructor, she studies how to improve performance, wellness and quality of life with exercise.


Ph D, Exercise Science, Exercise Psychology, The University of Georgia, 2004

MS, Sport Management major, GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY, 2016

BS, Human Performance and Nutrition, Rene Descartes University, 1999

Awards and Honors

Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine, Honor, 2009

Exercise is Medicine Gold level Campus award Winner , Exercise is Medicine on-Campus, Award, 2018

Healthier Campus Initative, First National Cohort, Partnership for a Healthier America, Award, 2014

Cancer Research Award, GA Cancer Coalition, Award, 2005

Intellectual Contributions

Melanie Poudevigne, C Pitsikoulis, K Marshall, L Stoner, A Multi-constituent pilot study improves health behaviors in underserved elementary students., Journal of Science in Sport and Exercise / Beijing Sport University – 2019

L Foster Scott, T.M Tinsley, K.Ng.J Lind Withycombe, Melanie Poudevigne, Diversity in Sport Psychology Assessment , Human Kinetics – 2018

Melanie Poudevigne, S Alicea, J Taylor, Emotional Obstacles in Psychology of Athletic Performance in J. Taylor (Ed.), Routledge –

T. Beckford, Melanie Poudevigne, R. Irving, K. Golden, Biochemical response following a medium sprint in male athletes, New Studies in Athletics – 2017

Melanie Poudevigne, P. J. O'Connor, A review of Physical Activity Patterns in Pregnant Women and Their Relationship to Psychological Health. , Sports Medicine – 2006

Contracts, Grants, and Sponsored Research

Melanie Poudevigne, Fit For Fire, city of Riverdale, Local, 7100, Funded –  September 2018 to December 2020

Melanie Poudevigne, Campus Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), FLOTUS office/PHA. , Funded –  2014 to 2017

Melanie Poudevigne, Randomized clinical trial of the effects of cross-training on fatigue and pain levels in breast cancer survivors, Resurgens Charitable Foundation, Private, 10000, Funded –  May 2006 to Fall 2009

Melanie Poudevigne, Manning Sabatier,  Primary Pediatric Intervention for underserved kids, Southern Regional Medical Center & Rite Aid Foundation, Local, 3800, Funded –  Spring 2009 to 2014

Melanie Poudevigne, The Effect of Spirits of Peppermint Aromatherapy on Post Operative Nausea in Women Following a Scheduled C-section, Southern Regional Medical Center, 2000, Funded –  January 2006 to Spring 2012


Melanie Poudevigne, Y Feito, The personal virtue of exercise: Fighting for happiness, American College of Sports Medicine 2019

C Day, T Andre, C Austin, D Mills, R Porter, Melanie Poudevigne, Fit For Fire: the tale of a yearlong partnering college and service community engagement., 4th Annual Health System Symposium: Bridging Health and Healthcare to achieve health equity and total population health 2019

Melanie Poudevigne, Exercise & Pregnancy overview, American College of Sports Medicine 2019

C Day, T Andre, C Austin, D Mills, R Porter, Melanie Poudevigne, Health and fitness improvements in deconditioned firefighters, American College of Sports Medicine 2019

Melanie Poudevigne, Physical Exercise for Brain Health: Where does the HIIT fit? , National Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, ACSM –  2018

Service to the University & University System of Georgia

University, Laker Leadership Academy, Special Institutional Assignment –  2018 to 2019

University, College of Health Promotion & Tenure Committee, Committee Chair –  2014 to December 2019

University System, Exercise is Medicine On-campus, University system of Georgia, Committee Member –  August 2019 to December 2019

University, Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, Education taskforce, Task Force Member –  2017 to December 2019

University, Commencement Speaker selection, Committee Member –  August 2018 to July 2019

Service to the Profession

Member, United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee/ Mental Performance 2018 to Present

Committee Member, AASP/ leadership development 2018 to Present

Committee Member, French Consulate of Atlanta/ Security Council 2018 to Present