NATA Fellow status recognizes members of the association who have demonstrated outstanding professional scholarly achievement in combination with service to the profession. Only the most accomplished scholars in the athletic training profession earn this honor and distinction, and are allowed to use the prestigious designation of "FNATA".

At a minimum, Fellows candidates need to clearly demonstrate in their application materials having met the following requirements:

  • NATA member in good standing.
  • 10 years BOC certification.
  • 10 years membership in NATA.
  • Have held a terminal degree for ten or more years.
  • Sustained involvement in the dissemination of research through free communications and / or general program presentations at NATA annual meetings during the 10 years preceding application.
  • Demonstrated development and leadership of a research agenda, extending beyond serving as a contributor, resulting in the scholarly dissemination of work resulting in noteworthy impact on the Athletic Training profession.

*Members may not apply for Fellows status while serving on the NATA Board of Directors.


Application and Selection

Complete application packets will be reviewed by all members of the Fellows Committee and scored based on the quality and significance of the candidate’s scholarly contributions and service/leadership activities based on the following criteria:

  • Quality and impact of research reflected in the candidate’s scholarly publications and activities
  • Relevance of research and scholarly contributions to the advancement of athletic training
  • National / international recognition of the candidate’s scholarly accomplishments
  • Educational contributions to the scholarly development of research trainees
  • Leadership and service activities focused on research and scholarly endeavors


Each of the above criteria will be scored on a Likert scale from 1-5, and these scores, along with the candidate’s full CV, will be used to derive an overall impact score from 1-5.  Candidates scoring at least 4 out of 5 will be recommended for Fellows to the NATA Board of Directors for approval. 

Advocates must be current Fellows. To access a list of current Fellows, please email honorsandawards@nata.org

NATA Fellows

Please click on a year to view past Fellow Classes:

  • Matt Hoch, PhD, ATC
  • Tim McGuine, PhD, LAT, ATC
  • Stephen Thomas, PhD, ATC
  • Cailee Welch-Bacon, PhD, ATC
  • Susan Yeargin, PhD, ATC


  • David Robert Bell, PhD, ATC
  • Tom Bowman, PhD, ATC
  • Kenny Lam, ScD, ATC
  • Rebecca Lopez, PhD, LAT, ATC
  • Johna Register-Mihalik, PhD, LAT, ATC, FACSM

  • Darin Padua, PhD, ATC
  • Joseph Myers, PhD, ATC
  • Jason Mihalik, PhD, CAT(C), ATC
  • Lindsay DiStefano, PhD, ATC
  • Troy Blackburn, PhD, ATC

  • Erik A Wikstrom, PhD, ATC, LAT
  • Thomas P. Dompier, PhD, LAT, ATC
  • Timothy Butterfield, PhD, ATC, FACSM

  • Cathleen N. Brown Crowell, ATC

  • Steven P. Broglio, PhD, ATC
  • Riann Palmieri-Smith, PhD, ATC
  • Stacy Walker, PhD, ATC

  • Tracey Covassin, PhD, ATC
  • Gianluca Del Rossi, PhD, ATC
  • Joe Hart, PhD, ATC
  • Tricia Hubbard-Turner, PhD, ATC, LAT
  • Stephanie Mazerolle, PhD, ATC
  • Randy Schmitz, PhD, ATC

  • Ken Cameron, PhD, MPH, ATC
  • Alison Valier, PhD, ATC

  • Jennifer E. Earl-Boehm, PhD, ATC
  • Scott E. Ross, PhD, ATC

  • Mark Merrick, PhD, ATC
  • John Powell, PhD, AT, ATC
  • Bill Holcomb, PhD, ATC, LAT

  • Carrie Docherty, PhD, LAT, ATC
  • Phillip Gribble, PhD, ATC, FNATA
  • Rod A. Harter, PhD, ATC, FNATA
  • MaryBeth Horodyski, EdD, ATC, LAT
  • Michael G. Miller, PhD, EdD, ATC
  • James Onate, PhD, ATC, FNATA
  • Kimberly Peer, EdD, ATC, FNATA
  • Charles “Buz” Swanik, PhD, ATC, FNATA
  • Bonnie L. Van Lunen, PhD, ATC, FNATA

  • Mark Hoffman, PhD, ATC
  • Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC
  • David Perrin, PhD, ATC
  • Bryan Riemann, PhD, ATC
  • Susan Saliba, PhD, ATC, PT
  • Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT
  • Erik Swartz, PhD, ATC

  • Craig Denegar, PhD, ATC, PT
  • Tom Kaminski, PhD, ATC, FACSM
  • Jeff Konin, PhD, ATC, PT
  • William Pitney, EdD, ATC
  • Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC

  • David O. Draper, EdD, ATC, LAT
  • Jon Ty Hopkins, PhD, ATC
  • Michael R. Sitler, EdD, ATC

  • Brent Arnold, PhD, ATC, FNATA
  • Gerald Bell, EdD, ATC, PT, FNATA
  • Doug Casa, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA
  • Mitch Cordova, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA
  • Mike Ferrara, PhD, ATC, FNATA
  • Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC, FNATA
  • Jay Hertel, PhD, ATC, FNATA
  • Jenny Hootman, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA
  • Chris Ingersoll, PhD, ATC, VAT, FNATA
  • Doug Kleiner, PhD, ATC, CSCS, FNATA
  • Ken Knight, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA
  • Carl Mattacola, PhD, ATC, FNATA
  • Bill Prentice, ATC, PT, FNATA
  • Sandy Shultz, PhD, ATC, CSCS, FNATA
  • Chad Starkey, PhD, ATC, LAT, FNATA
  • Tim Uhl, PhD, ATC, PT, FNATA
  • Tom Weidner, PhD, ATC, LAT, FNATA
  • Gary Wilkerson, EdD, ATC, FNATA