Melody Phillips

Melody D. Phillips, Ph.D., FACSM

Educational Background

Ph.D.—PURDUE UNIVERSITY 2001
Health, Kinesiology & Leisure Studies; Exercise Physiology

M.S.—TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY 1996
Physical Education; Exercise Physiology

B.A.—UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON 1994
Exercise, Sport and Health Studies; Exercise Physiology

Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate: Anatomical Kinesiology, Sport & Exercise Pharmacology, Exercise Physiology, Senior Internship in Kinesiology

Graduate: Physiology of Exercise, Exercise Metabolism & Endocrinology, Clinical Exercise Testing
Recent Publications

Phillips, M.D., R.M. Patrizi, D.J. Cheek, J.S. Wooten, J.J. Barbee, J.B. Mitchell. Resistance training reduces subclinical inflammation in obese, postmenopausal women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 44(11): 2099-2110, 2012.

Mitchell, J.B., M.D. Phillips, R.C. Yellott, and L.M. Currie. Resistance and aerobic exercise: the influence of mode on the relationship between IL-6 and glucose tolerance in young men who are obese. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

25(6): 1529-1537, 2011.

Wooten, J.S. M.D. Phillips, J.B. Mitchell, R.M Patrizi, R.N. Pleasant, R.M. Hein, R.D. Menzies. Resistance Training Alters Lipids and Lipoprotein-Cholesterol In Obese, Postmenopausal Women without Changing Body Composition. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 32: 7-13, 2011.

Henagan, T.M., M.D. Phillips, D.J. Cheek, K.M. Kirk, J.J. Barbee and L.K. Stewart. Melanocortin 3 Receptor: A Novel Mediator of Exercise-Induced Inflammation. Journal of Aging Research, Article ID 512593, 2011.

Hubing, K.A., J.T. Bassett, L.R.Quigg, M.D. Phillips, J.J. Barbee, and J.B. Mitchell. Exercise-associated Hyponatremia: The Effects of Carbohydrate and Hydration Status on IL-6, ADH, and Sodium Concentrations. European J.of Applied Physiology, 111: 797-807, 2011.

Phillips, M.D., J.B. Mitchell, L.M. Currie-Eloff, R.C. Yellot, K.A. Hubing. Influence of commonly employed resistance exercise protocols on circulating IL-6 and indices of insulin sensitivity. J. of Strength and Conditioning Research, 24(4): 1091-1101. 2010.

Phillips, M.D., M.G. Flynn, B.K. McFarlin, L.K. Stewart, K.L. Timmerman. Resistance training at eight-repetition maximum reduces the inflammatory milieu in elderly women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 42(2): 314-325, 2010

Phillips, M.D., M.G. Flynn, B.K. McFarlin, L.K. Stewart, K.L. Timmerman, H. Ji. Resistive exercise blunts LPS-stimulated TNF-a and IL-1b production. International J. of Sports Medicine 29: 102-109, 2008.

McFarlin, B.K., M.G. Flynn, M.D. Phillips, L.K. Stewart, K.L. Timmerman. Chronic resistance exercise training improves NK cell activity in older women. J. Gerontology: Medical Sciences 60(10): 1315-1318, 2005.

Flynn, M.G., B.K. McFarlin, M.D. Phillips , L.K. Stewart, K.L. Timmerman. Toll-like receptor 4 and CD14 mRNA expression are lower in resistive exercise trained elderly women. J. Appl. Physiology 95: 1833-1842, 2003.

Peer reviewed Presentations:

Phillips, M.D., A. Adams, M. Unthank, J.J. Barbee, M.J. Chumley, D.J. Cheek, J.B. Mitchell. Influence of Fitness and Adiposity on Whole Blood Response to α-MSH Treatment. Integrative Biology of Exercise Scientific Conference, Westminster, CO, October 2012. The Physiologist 55(6):C43, 2012.

Unthank, M.J., J. Woodson, G. Bratton, J. Butler, J.J. Barbee, M. Chumley, D.J. Cheek, J.B. Mitchell, M.D. Phillips. Influence of fitness and adiposity on melanocortin-1 and melanocortin-3 receptors on monocytes. Integrative Biology of Exercise Scientific Conference, Westminster, CO, October 2012. The Physiologist 55(6):C43, 2012.

Barbee, J.J., J. Butler, G. Bratton, M.J. Unthank, J.P. Woodson, M. Chumley, M.D. Phillips. Influence of aerobic fitness on melanocortin receptor expression in inflammatory monocytes – a novel mechanism of exercise-induced inflammatory reduction. JPS Health Network Intramural Research Day, Fort Worth, TX, 2011.

Woodson, J.P.,  M.D. Phillips, J.W. Ross, K.S. Rola, K.V. Christensen. Serum IL-6 is Increased During Performance Cycling After Energy Drink Consumption. Texas Chapter, American College of Sports Medicine, Annual Meeting, Houston, TX – March 2010. Master’s division award winner – 2nd place, 2010.

Phillips, M.D., D.J. Cheek, J.B. Mitchell, R.M. Patrizi, L. Quigg, L.K. Stewart, T.M. Henagan. Resistance training decreases C-reactive protein without changing inflammatory cytokines or body mass index. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA – May 2009. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. Suppl. 41(5): S267, 2009.

Henagan, T.M., M.D. Phillips, D.J. Cheek, K.M. Kirk, J.J. Barbee, L.K. Stewart.
Melanocortin 3 receptor: a novel mediator of exercise-induced inflammation. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA – May 2009. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. Suppl. 41(5): S399, 2009.

Quigg, L.R., K.A. Hubing, J.T. Bassett, M.D. Phillips, J.J. Barbee, J.B. Mitchell. Exercise-induced hyponatremia: the effects of carbohydrate status on IL-6, ADH, and sodium concentration. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA – May 2009. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. Suppl. 44(5): S372, 2009.

Pleasant, R.N., M. Villarreal, J.S. Wooten, R.M. Hein, R.D. Menzies, M.D. Phillips. Responses of lipids and lipoproteins following acute and training resistance exercise in obese postmenopausal women. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA – May 2009. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. Suppl. 44(5): S562, 2009.

Rogers, M.M., K.A. Hubing, L.R. Quigg, J.T. Bassett, L.P. Quebedeaux, R.M. Patrizi, K.L. Byrd, D.E. Upton, M.D. Phillips, J.B. Mitchell. Fatigue during high intensity exercise: the interaction between pH and thermal stress. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN – May 2008. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. Suppl. 40(5): S368, 2008.

Phillips, M.D., S.J. Rossi, T. Buford. Relationship between plasma and salivary cytokine levels before and after a collegiate soccer tournament. International Society of Exercise and Immunology Symposium, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Sept. 2005.

Invited Presentations

“Mechanisms of Exercise-induced Reductions in Sub-clinical Inflammation: Why is this stuff important to a clinician?” JPS Health Network Research Roundtable Presentation, Fort Worth, TX. 2012

“Exercise is good for you, but HOW does it work? Mechanisms of exercise-induced reductions in disease risk,” Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Faculty Research Symposium, Fort Worth, TX. 2012

“Exercise is Medicine,” First United Methodist Church, Burleson, TX. 2009

“The role of the adipocyte in inflammation and the metabolic syndrome,” Texas Chapter – American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Texas Women’s University, Denton, TX. 2006

“Exercise neuro-immuno-endocrinology: Where the immune system and metabolism meet,” Texas Chapter – American College of Sports Medicine 38th Semi-annual Lecture. University of Texas at Arlington. 2005

Professional Memberships and Awards

  • 2013 – President – Texas Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (TACSM)
  • 2012 – 2013 President Elect – TACSM
  • 2010 – 2012 Treasurer – TACSM
  • 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award – College of Education, The University of Texas at Arlington
  • 2003 Distinguished Faculty Award – School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology, Oklahoma State University
  • 2001 Carole J. Widule Outstanding Graduate Student: Scholarship & Service – Dept. of Health, Kinesiology and Leisure Studies, Purdue University
  • 2000 Outstanding Scientific Poster Award Finalist – International Congress of the International Society for Analytical Cytology, Montpellier, France
  • 1995 – present – Member American College of Sports Medicine
  • 1995 – present – Member TACSM

Personal Information

  • Native Fort Worth, Texas
  • My cat, Troy Boy, was named after one of the greatest-passing quarterbacks of all time