Katie Dondero, M.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor


Contact Info

Burdick Hall, 121 S
M/W/F 12:00-1:00pm


M.S., Clinical Exercise Physiology, University of North Carolina, 2010

B.S., Exercise/Sport Science, Elon University, 2008

Areas of Expertise

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
Clinical Exercise
Physiology and Exercise Prescription
Corrective Exercise and Functional Assessment

Katie Dondero is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Towson University in the Kinesiology department. She has over 10 years of clinical experience working as an Exercise Physiologist in both cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and in a clinical research setting. Inspired by her clinical training, her current research investigates the structural and functional changes in muscle and fat tissue in the presence of chronic disease.  Additionally, she is interested in the role exercise can play in mitigating these changes and improving physical function in older adults. 


Select Publications

  • Katheen Dondero, Jason Falvey, Brock Beamer, Odessa Addison. “Geriatric, Social, and Economic Vulnerabilities Among Obese Older Adults with and Without Sarcopenia” Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy (2022)
  • Landers-Ramos RQ, Dondero K, Nelson C, Ranadive SM, Prior SJ, Addison O (2022) Muscle thickness and inflammation during a 50km ultramarathon in recreational runners. PLoS ONE 17(9): e0273510.
  • Landers-Ramos, R. Q., Lawal, I., Imery, I., Siok, D., Addison, O., Zabriskie, H. A., Dondero, K., & Dobrosielski, D. A. (2022). High-intensity functional exercise does not cause persistent elevations in augmentation index in young men and women. Applied physiology, nutrition, and metabolism 47(9), 963–972.
  • Rian Q. Landers-Ramos, Kathleen R. Dondero, Robert W. Rowland, Derrick Larkins, Odessa Addison “Peripheral Vascular and Neuromuscular Responses to Ultramarathon Running” Journal of Science in Sport and Exercise. 11 November 2021.
  • Serra, M.C., Dondero, K.R., Larkins, D., Burns, A., Addison, O. “Healthy Lifestyle and Cognition: Interaction between Diet and Physical Activity.” Current Nutrition Reports. 10 March 2020.
  • Landers-Ramos, R. and Dondero, K. “Exercise and Protein Supplementation for the Prevention and Treatment of Sarcopenia.” Current Geriatrics Reports (Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Section), 1-8, 2019.


  • Improving vascular health through exercise 
  • Dysmobility
  • Improving functional capacity in geriatrics 


Courses Taught

  • KNES 265 Fundamentals in Health and Physical Fitness Assessment
  • KNES 297 Foundations of Exercise Science 
  • KNES 313  Physiology of Exercise 
  • KNES 363 Nutrition for Exercise and Sport 
  • KNES 364 Clinical Exercise Assessment and Prescription