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Lynda Ransdell PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Kinesiology

Portrait of Dr. Lynda Ransdell

Lynda Ransdell was on the faculty at Boise State from 2004 – 2012. She returned to Boise State in the Fall of 2022 as Chair of the Department of Kinesiology, after serving as a Dean at Montana State University and Northern Arizona University, and an Associate Dean at Arizona State University.  Dr. Ransdell received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University, her M.S. from Smith College, and her B.S. from Eastern Kentucky University. Her research is focused on sport performance in female athletes, physical activity and public health, and faculty development. To date, Dr. Ransdell has published over 110 peer-reviewed journal articles, chaired or served on 58 thesis or dissertation committees, and participated in sponsored projects totaling over $5 million dollars. She is a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology (#579), the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (#46), and the American College of Sports Medicine, and she is the only two-time President of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).

In her spare time, Dr. Ransdell enjoys playing ice hockey, mountain biking, throwing pottery and painting.

Contact Information

Phone: 208-426-1228


Curriculum Vitae upon request


Functional Movement Screening Specialist: Level 1 (2011) and Level 2 (2017)

USA Weightlifting, Level 1 Sports Coach (2010-present)

USA Hockey, Level  4 Coach (2009 – present)

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) (2007-present)

USA Cycling, Level 2 coach (2005 – present)

Research Interests

Enhancing sport performance in female athletes

Physical Activity and Public Health

Faculty Development

Select Publications

Lau, P.W.C., Ransdell, L.B., Wang, J.J. & Wang, G. (2022).  The effectiveness of Facebook as a social network intervention to increase physical activity in Chinese young adults. Invited contribution to Special Issue on Social Media for Frontiers in Public Health (Digital Public Health Section).

Cosgrove, A. M. Lorts, C. and Ransdell, L.B. (2022). Gender-Specific Marketing Strategies Used by Sports Supplements: A Descriptive Study. International Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 1(1), Article 10.   Available at:

Ransdell, L.B., Wayment, H., Lopez, N., Lorts, C., Schwartz, A.L., Pugliesi, K., Pohl, P.S., Bycura, D., &  Camplain, R. (2021). The impact of resistance training on muscle strength, functional fitness, and body composition in older women (45-80 years): A systematic review (2010-2020). Women, 1, 143-168.

Ransdell, L.B., Lane, T.S., Schwartz, A.L., Wayment, H.A., & Baldwin, J.A. (2021). Mentoring new and early-stage investigators and underrepresented minority faculty for research success in health-related fields: An integrative literature review (2010-2020). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, 432.

Ransdell, L.B., Wayment, H.A., Schwartz, A.L., Lane, T.S., & Baldwin, J.A. (2021). Precision Mentoring: A proposed framework for increasing research capacity in health-related disciplines.  Medical Education Online.

Ransdell, L.B., Greenberg, M.E., Lindstrom-Mette, A., Isaki, E., Hung, G., Bettger, J.P., Lee, A., Gelatt, A., & Cason, J. (2021). Best practices for building interprofessional telehealth: Report of a Conference. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 13(2), 1-16. See (doi 10.5195/ijt2021.6434).

Lynch, H., Buman, M., Dickinson, J.M., Ransdell, L.B., Johnston, C.S., & Wharton, C.M. (2020). No significant differences in muscle growth and strength development when consuming soy and whey protein supplements matched for leucine following a 12-week resistance training program in men and women: A randomized trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Ransdell, L.B., Murray, T., Bicura, D., & Jones, P. (2019). A 4-year analysis of game demands for elite Division I women’s basketball players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. DOI: 10.1519/jsc.0000000000003425.

Ransdell, L.B., Nguyen, N., Hums, M., Clark, M., & Williams, S.B. (2017). Voices from the field: Perspectives of U.S. Kinesiology chairs on opportunities, challenges, and the role of mentoring in the chair position. Quest. ISSN: 0033-6297- 1543-2750; DOI: 10.1080/00336297.2017.1371047