Dr. Brian Rider

Associate Professor of Kinesiology/Health Dynamics Program Director
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Brian Rider joined the Hope College faculty in fall 2015. He currently serves as the director of the health dynamics courses and teaches various courses in the kinesiology department.


Brian’s research interests include the use of activity monitors to measure and promote physical activity, athlete testing and performance, and increasing perceptual responses to exercise.


  • Ph.D., kinesiology, University of Tennessee, 2015
    Major professor: David R. Bassett, Jr., Ph.D.
  • M.S., exercise science, Oakland University, 2011
  • B.A., exercise science, Spanish, Adrian College, 2007


  • Frost Faculty/Student Collaborative Research Grant ($1,872) (2017)
  • Nyhenhuis Summer Faculty Student Collaborative Research Grant ($7,200) (2017)
  • Frost Faculty/Student Collaborative Research Grant ($1,986 )(2016)
  • Edward A. Capen Award (Univeristy of Tennessee) ($100) (2015)
  • Andy Kozar Graduate Research Scholarship Award (University of Tennessee)  ($1,000) (2015)
  • 1st Place Graduate Student Award, Comparative and Experimental Medicine and Public Health Research Symposium (University of Tennessee) ($1,000) (2014)
  • Chancellors Fellowship (University of Tennessee) ($10,000/year) (2012-2015)
  • Outstanding Graduate Presentation (oral) at Midwest ACSM ($150) (2010)
  • Provost’s Graduate Student Research Grant (Oakland University) ($1,500) (2010)

Published Work

Outside the college

Brian is married to Dana Rider. The two live in Holland, attend St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, and enjoy being outside and exploring nature. They are both runners and love taking their dogs Sophie and Sully for trail runs. Brian has completed three ultra marathons and will be attempting his first 100-miler in September.

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Dr. Brian Rider

Phone Number616.395.6823

DeVos Fieldhouse 222 Fairbanks Avenue Holland, MI 49423
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