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Rebecca Place, M.S., NSCA-CPT



Harold Alfond Forum 248
Biddeford Campus


Rebecca is an Assistant Professor of the Exercise and Sport Performance department located in the Harold Alfond Forum.  She joined the department in 2013 as Project Coordinator for the Cardiovascular Health Intervention Program.   



 She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Exercise Science from the University of New England, and her Master’s Degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Motor Behavior from Texas Tech University.  She is also certified as a Personal Trainer by the National Strength and Conditioning Association since 2010. 


Previously Rebecca was the Project Coordinator for the Cardiovascular Health Intervention Program (CHIP), which focuses on assessing  cardiovascular disease risk factors in 4th and 5th grade children.  CHIP looked at the influence of obesity, physical activity, sleep, and other biomarkers on children’s health. In addition she has past experience as the Project Director for a NIH grant- Impact of video games on underserved children’s health in Lubbock ,TX.  This research focused on the role of interactive video games (Wii and Xbox Kinect) on children’s health by assessing their physical activity, physical fitness,  motor skills and motor competency.



Rebecca has a strong interest in childhood obesity prevention and health and wellness promotion.  Thus far her focus has been on research and providing interventions to children.  Her primary teaching focus is on Personal Health and Wellness, Motor Learning and Interprofessional Education.  Outside of the classroom Rebecca enjoys coaching gymnastics.  She was a gymnast for 20 years and now enjoys teaching younger kids the art of gymnastics.  She also enjoys spending time with her kids and husband and exploring Maine.




Texas Tech University
University of New England