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Dr. Daniel Shackelford

Program Director for the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology - Clinical / Assistant Professor 262.951.3031 dshackel@carrollu.edu Charles Street Hall 306


Exercise Physiology - Clinical Exercise Science


Dr. Shackelford’s background and research interests explores the field of exercise-based cancer rehabilitation. Many of the detrimental side effects of chemotherapy and radiation can be offset by the effects of exercise, and he enjoys developing and implementing exercise programs to benefit cancer survivors. He currently teaches an Exercise Testing and Prescription course for the apparently healthy and clinical populations, and prepares students how to use exercise in any clinical population.


  • University of Northern Colorado, Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology; Doctoral minor in Statistics and Research Methods, 2015
  • University of Northern Colorado, M.S. in Exercise Physiology, 2011
  • University of Northern Colorado, B.S. in Sport and Exercise Science, 2009

Areas of Specialization

Exercise Physiology, Cancer Rehabilitation, Clinical Populations, Exercise Testing and Prescription

Scholarly and Professional Achievements


Lead Presenter of the American College of Sports Medicine/American Cancer Society Cancer Exercise Trainer ™ Workshop; Wellness Academy, Seoul, South Korea

Designed and instructed the Clinical Cancer Exercise Specialist Workshop; University of Northern Colorado Cancer Rehabilitation Institute

Recent Publications 

O’Brien, K., Boeneke, C., Prinyawiwatkul, W., Lisano, J., Shackelford, D.Y.K., Reeves, K., Christensen, M., Hayward, R., Ordonez, K.C., & Stewart, L.K. (2017). Short communication: sensory analysis of a kefir product designed for active cancer survivors. Journal of Dairy Science, 100(6), 4349-4353.

InBody, USA (2016, July). UNC Cancer Rehabilitation Institute Improves Patient Care with InBody. https://www.inbodyusa.com/blogs/case-studies/unccri-case-study.

Medrano, J., Peterson, B.M., Brown, J.M., Shackelford, D.Y.K., Beebe, C.N., Brennecke, A.P., & Hayward, R. (2014). The effects of a twelve-week aerobic and cognitive training intervention on cognitive function in cancer survivors. UNC Undergraduate Research Journal, 4(2), 1-14. 

Service to Carroll University and Profession

Profesional Service

  • Program developer and implementer of Level 1 and 2 Clinical Cancer Exercise Specialist Workshop 

Honors and Awards

  • Institute Achievement Award, University of Northern Colorado Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, 2017
  • 1st place at University of Northern Colorado Research Day, University of Northern Colorado, 2015

What is your teaching style?

I try to make topics that I teach directly applicable to the student and to real-world situations. I believe knowing the background knowledge behind a subject is crucial, but it is just as important to know how to directly apply that newly obtained knowledge. For example, it’s great if you know the mechanisms behind diabetes mellitus, but how are you going to use that information to help a type II diabetic in regards to physical function and quality of life?

Why do you do what you do?

When I was a sophomore in my undergraduate degree, I was pursuing an Exercise Science degree, but I did not know what I wanted to do with it. However, I soon took an Exercise Programming for Cancer Survivors course, and this changed everything. It combined my passion of exercise and helping others. Exercise is medicine, and I love being able to use this principle to populations that benefit the most from it. For example, I had the honor of helping a cancer survivor regain his cardiorespiratory endurance so he could dance with his granddaughter at her wedding.

What should students know about you?

I am a die-hard Denver Broncos fan and I love having discussions regarding NFL football. I always look forward to September because I know it’s the start of a new season! I am also a huge Batman fan. I like how he has to outthink his adversaries by using his wits, intelligence, detective skills, and natural physical strength. I enjoy a good debate regarding who the coolest superhero is. Batman or Superman? I think the choice is obvious there.

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