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Tiff Akins

Experience and Interests

Teaching and Mentoring Experience

  • Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics in Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, UW-Stevens Point (2021-present)
  • Academic and Career Adviser, School of Health Care Professions, UW-Stevens Point (2018-2021)
  • Associate Lecturer, Health and Wellness Management, MS, UW Extended Campus (2018-2020)
  • Associate Lecturer, Health Promotion and Wellness, UW-Stevens Point, (2015-2018)

Research Interests

  • Functional changes of cardiac and skeletal muscle with age.
  • Social determinants of health for rural populations

Professional Experience

  • Licensed Athletic Training, Marshfield Clinic Health System (2015-present)



  • UWSP Integrated Planning Advisory Council member (2019-present)
  • UWSP Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Development and Advisory Board (2018-2021)
  • UWSP Nursing Advisory Board (2018-2021)
  • UWSP Common Council Representative College of Professional Studies (2018-2019)
  • UWSP STEAM presenter, STEM Exploration Days and Health Careers Camps Presenter


  • Community Advisory Board Medical College of WI-Central Campus (2020-present)
  • Marshfield Clinic Health System, Community Connections Teams Member (2018-present)
  • Wisconsin HOSA Advisory Board (2019-2021)
  • Marshfield Clinic Health System School of Radiology Advisory Board (2019-2021)
  • HOSA/DPI Conference Presenter (2018)
  • Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers, presenter (2017)

Fun Facts

Favorite Podcasts

Skeptics Guide to the Universe
The Moth
The Daily
Hidden Brain
Dare to Lead
How I Built this
Unlocking Us

Best piece of advice ever received?

Patience and Persistence

Favorite Quote?

If knowledge is power, knowing what we don’t know is wisdom (Adam Grant)

A piece of advice to students pursuing education in your department

Gain comfortability with the unknown, and understanding that science is not black and white, it is all shades of gray. The fun we get to have together is learning the critical thinking skills to embrace the gray and complexities in which our bodies operate.

Tiff Akins
Assistant Professor - Physical Therapy
Director - Health Scholars Program

B129 Science Building


Ph.D. in Kinesiology
UW-Madison, 2013

M.S. in Kinesiology
University of Arkansas Fayetteville, 2007

B.S. in Biology
UW-Platteville, 2005