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Meet Tricia Kasamatsu

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Tricia Kasamatsu joins Cal State Fullerton’s Kinesiology Department with a wide range of experience.

She has taught science and served as an athletic trainer at a high school, spent seasons as an athletic trainer with the Los Angeles Heat and USA Volleyball, and as a trainer and consultant to the Sports Concussion Institute. After completing her doctorate in education at Chapman University — where she also earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees — Kasamatsu taught kinesiology for a year at the University of La Verne.

Shortly after joining the campus, Kasamatsu is already in the thick of things, serving on the Kinesiology Department’s Graduate Studies Committee and the Athletic Training Education Program self-study.

Why did you pursue the opportunity to join Cal State Fullerton?

The Athletic Training Program at Cal State Fullerton is respected across the nation and was a professional opportunity I did not want to miss. In addition, the University’s commitment to student advancement and community engagement were important factors in my decision to join CSUF.

What do you most look forward to now that you’re here?

I look forward to building meaningful connections while collaborating with faculty and students to promote health and well-being in the community.

What areas of continued scholarship and research are of particular interest to you?

My areas of interest include exploring athletic trainers’ concussion management practices and understanding factors that affect a student’s return to learning after concussion. In addition, I am interested in sport safety protocols and health-related policy in schools throughout Orange County.

What are some of your outside activities, hobbies or interests?

During my down time, I enjoy paddleboarding, swimming, cycling and trying new gastropubs or restaurants. I also relax by reading crime/mystery novels, cooking and baking and traveling.