Faculty & Staff | Athletic Training

Director & Professor

Jeffrey Kawaguchi, PT, PhD, ATC is the director of the Master’s of Science in Athletic Training Program and Professor.  He teaches a variety of courses within the program.  His research interests include women’s health issues and pedagogy.  Outside of the classroom Dr. Kawaguchi enjoys running, biking, and spending time with his family.

Associate Professor and Coordinator of Clinical Education

Dana K. Bates, PhD, ATC is the Coordinator of Clinical Education in the Master's of Science in Athletic Training Program and Associate Professor.  She teaches Physical Agents, Administration in Athletic Training Settings and Orthopedic Evaluation.  Her research interest includes pedagogical practices in athletic training, opiods and athletes, and critical thinking.  Outside of the classroom Dr. Bates enjoys the outdoors, camping, hiking, skiing and spending time with her family.

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Administrative Assistant

Shaena Johnson is the Administrative Assistant for the Athletic Training Program.

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Associate Professor | Director of Academics | Interim PsyD Program Director

Dr. Tasker's clinical and research interests are in sport and performance psychology and working with college students and student athletes. Specifically, she is interested in the impact of mindfulness training on performance in athletics, and ways in which we can enhance the experience of college athletes, in particular those from traditionally marginalized backgrounds.

Honored Faculty Members

Richard Rutt PT, PhD, ATC/R (Professor Emeritus) and Linda McIntosh, MS, ATC were the co-founding members of the Master’s of Athletic Training Program at Pacific University. Together, Dr. Rutt (former Program Director of the School of Physical Therapy) and Linda McIntosh (Head Athletic Trainer at Pacific University for 25+ years) planned and developed the Master of Athletic Training Program over a 5-year period with the understanding that the program would be housed in the school of Physical Therapy within the College of Health Professions on the Hillsboro, OR campus.

Prior to the acceptance of the first cohort of students in the Fall of 2013, Dr. Rutt was named as the Program Director and Linda McIntosh was named as the Clinical Education Coordinator.  In 2014, the Pacific University Master’s of Athletic Training Program completed an extensive accreditation review from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and received formal recognition as an accredited athletic training program. In the fall of 2015, Dr. Rutt announced his intention to retire at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 academic year, and Linda McIntosh followed closely behind, retiring the following year in 2017. Both Dr. Rutt and Linda McIntosh remain influential on student success and their legacy continues to permeate all aspects of the Athletic Training Program.