Mario Vassallo

Faculty Profile

Assistant Professor (Teaching)



Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D. in Kinesiology--Sport and Exercise Psychology (2021)
  • M.A. Physical Education/Sport Psychology/Coaching, Central Michigan University (2004)
  • B.S. in Journalism and Public Relations, Central Michigan University (2002)
  • Certified American Red Cross CPR/First Aid/Emergency Responder Instructor
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach for 16 years


 Mario Vassallo has been at Wayne State University since August of 2014. He serves as an Assistant Professor of Teaching in Exercise and Sport Science. He is also the Graduate Advisor for the MS in Exercise and Sport Science

Academic Interests

  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Biomechanics and Sports
  • Benefits of Strength and Conditioning for all populations


Office Hours

Office Hours:

  • by appt, email or call 313-577-1583

Office Location

0006.2 Old Main

Courses taught

  • Biomechanics 
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Lifespan Growth and Development
  • Exercise and Sport Psychology
  • Cultural Foundations of Kinesiology

Area of Expertise

  • Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Use
  • Strength and Conditioning for high school and collegiate athletes
  • Sport Psychology
  • Fitness Therapy for individuals with catastrophic injuries, i.e. Traumatic Brain Injuries, Spinal Cord Injuries, Amputees and Stroke
  • Sport and Disability


Community Engagement Activities

  • High School Football coach for 16 years
  • High School Strength Coach for 16 years


Affiliated Departments