Ayanna Lyles, PhD


Dr. Lyles’ is actively involved in both the Athletic Training and Health Education professions. She has also taught in undergraduate and master’s level athletic training programs and exercise science master’s and doctoral programs. She also has taught a course, ‘Workshop in Sports Medicine’, for the United States Sports Academy to National and Olympic level coaches in Bangkok, Thailand.

Dr. Lyles has been an Athletic Trainer for 17 years and has worked clinically at the high school and collegiate levels. The majority of her clinical responsibilities were with D2 athletics.

She has presented several talks at the American Association for Health Education Conference during the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance National Convention (now SHAPE), the NATA Educators’ Conference, and SOPHE. Additionally, Dr. Lyles has presented on the International level at the Global Internship Conference and also at the High Performance Center in Pretoria, South Africa.

Dr. Lyles lives in the Pittsburgh area. Dr. Lyles enjoys living an active lifestyle including running (1/2 marathon distance is a favorite), CrossFit, and playing volleyball.


PhD: Health Education, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2008
MS: Athletic Training Education, California University of Pennsylvania, 2003
BS: Sport Science, University of Connecticut, 2000


HHP 7020 – Exercise for Disease Prevention and Management
HHP 7030 – Advanced Exercise and Sports Nutrition
AES 6300 – Exercise and Sports Nutrition
AES 6200 – Applied Exercise Physiology

Research Interests

Athletic Training/ Health Education
Health Disparities
Cultural Competency for Health Care Providers