Faculty Spotlight: Rebecca Hirschhorn

Rebecca Hirschhorn, PhD, joins the LSU School of Kinesiology as a faculty member in the Athletic Training program.

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When did you start teaching at LSU and what will you be teaching this semester?
I'll be joining LSU's athletic training faculty in June and teaching Emergency Medicine for the Athletic Trainer.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy getting to work with faculty, staff, and students from so many different backgrounds. It's also very rewarding to know that the skills our students learn in class today will help them provide high-quality healthcare for others. 

Can you tell us a little about your research and what led you to your field of study?
My research focuses on the epidemiology and management of exertional heat illnesses in the prehospital setting and emergency medical services utilization. My research leverages my clinical backgrounds in athletic training and EMS.  

Could you list some accolades or achievements you're most proud of?
A recent achievement I'm really proud of is being selected to serve on the new Athletic Training and Public Health Task Force. I'm also really proud of receiving the Department of Exercise Science Outstanding Doctoral Student Achievement Award in the last year of my PhD at the University of South Carolina.

What advice do you have for current students or what is some of the best advice you've ever received?
Stay curious and never stop learning. For students in healthcare fields, also remember that your patients are trusting you to take care of them and parents are trusting you to take care of their children. 

When you're not working, what do you like to do?
Reading a good book or doing something outdoors with my dog, Callie.