Q&A with Dr. Andrea Cripps

Andrea Cripps, Ph.D., ATC, Assistant Professor

Coordinator of Clinical Education, Athletic Training Program

 

Alma mater(s)  

  • Lake Superior State University, B.S. Athletic Training 2007
  • Central Michigan University, M.A. Physical Education & Sport with a concentration in Exercise Science 2009
  • University of Kentucky, Ph.D. Rehabilitation Science 2013

Years at BGSU:  I'm currently in my second year at BGSU.

Research interest:

How the sensory systems (visual, vestibular, and somatosensory) are affected following a concussion and how these impairments affect upright balance. A secondary line of injury is focused around educational declines following concussion in sport.

Did you know:

Dr. Cripps is originally from Canada.


Q & A with Dr. Cripps:

How did you get started in your field?
I knew I wanted to be in a medical field and I love sports, both playing and watching, so athletic training gave me the best of both worlds.
 

What is your favorite part about teaching?
Getting to interact with the students and being able to challenge them to be better than they were before they stepped into my class.
 

What advice would you give to students heading out into the real world?
Don’t be scared to step out of your comfort zone. Sometimes taking a chance on something results in the biggest success. 


Was there a time in your life that you stepped out of your comfort zone?

Every time I started started a new educational endeavor (Masters, Doctorate etc)  I was out of my comfort zone. Moving to a new place, learning a new school system, meeting new people was scary. 


What is your greatest academic achievement so far?

Graduating with my Ph.D. and being the first member of my family to complete a bachelor's degree.


Why did you decide to come to BGSU and teach in EDHD?

I graduated from another institution in the Mid-American Conference and really liked the small town atmosphere it afforded. I got the same feeling when I interviewed at BG. Also, this is the half-way point between my hometown (Ontario, Canada) and my husbands (Kentucky).


What was the best piece of advice you received as a student?

Ask questions and get to know your professors in a positive manner. Don’t just go to them when you have a problem, they get tired of only hearing complaints and excuses.