Bryce Abbey

Associate Professor - Exercise Science / Employee Health and Wellness Director

Office: CUSH 214   |    Phone: (308) 865-8177   |    Email:

Bryce Abbey



University of Nebraska at Kearney. Kearney, NE: 2004 Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. Advisor: Kate Heelan, PhD   

University of Nebraska at Kearney. Kearney, NE: 2006 Master of Arts in Education, Exercise Science. Advisor: Kate Heelan, PhD

University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Lincoln, NE: 2014 Ph.D. in Human Sciences with a specialization in Nutrition and Health Sciences, . Major Advisor: Lisa Franzen-Castle PhD, Dissertation: The Association of Wellness Policy Quality and Percentage of Obesity in Schools


Associate Professor, Exercise Science, Kinesiology and Sport Science Department, University of Nebraska at Kearney (August 2013 – Present)

Employee Health and Wellness Director, University of Nebraska at Kearney   (August 2007-Present)

Associate Director of the Human Performance Lab, University of Nebraska at Kearney (May 2006-July 2013)

Publications and Presentations


  1. Gustafson, C.R., Abbey, B.M., and Heelan, K.A. (2017) Impact of schoolchildren's involvement in the design process on the effectiveness of healthy food promotion materials. Preventive Medicine Reports 6:246-250
  2. Abbey, B.M., Heelan, K.A. Brown, G.A., and Bartee, R.T. (2014) The Validation of HydraTrend™ Reagent Strips for the Assessment of Hydration Status. Journal of Strength and Condition Research.28(9) : 2634-2639
  3. Peters, B.P., Heelan, K.A., and Abbey, B.M. (2013) Validation of Omron™ Pedometers Using MTI Accelerometers for Use with Children. International Journal of Exercise Science6(2):106-113
  4. Combs, H.J., Heelan, K.A., Abbey, B.M., Burger, P.R. (2013) Evaluation of School Transportation Patterns and the Associated Impact on BMI in Two Midwestern Communities. Journal of Physical Activity & Health 10, 632–640.
  5. Costello, M.M, Heelan, K.A., Mowry, D.A., Abbey, B.M. (2010) The Association between Soft Drink Consumption and Body Fat in Females age 16 to 24. International Journal of Exercise Science.3(4):189-196.
  6. Brown, G.A..  Ray, M., Abbey, B.M., B.S. Shaw, and I. Shaw (2010) Oxygen
    Consumption, Heart Rate and Blood Lactate Responses to an Acute Bout of
    Plyometric Depth Jumps in College Aged Men and Women. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 24:275-82.
  7. Heelan, K.A., Donnelly, J.E., Mayo, M. S., Welk, G., Abbey, B.M. (2009) Evaluation of a Walking School Bus for Promoting Physical Activity in Youth. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 6, 560-567.
  8. Brown, G. A., McFarland, S. P., Ray, M. W., Abbey, B. M., Shaw, I., & Shaw, B. S. (2008). One session of brisk walking does not alter blood glucose homeostasis in overweight young men. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, 14, 250-264.
  9. Heelan, K.A., Boury, S., Abbey, B.M., Donnelly, J.E., Combs, H.J., Unruh, S. (2008)Walking To School …Taking Research to Practice. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. Vol 79 (6).