Dr. Bayles serves as the undergraduate Exercise Science coordinator and co-coordinator of the department’s Master of Science in Sport Science program. She currently is a member and fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
Dr. Bayles instructs courses in the undergraduate Exercise Science program as well as the graduate program in Sport Studies, Exercise Physiology program. Her primary instructional interests are in the areas of exercise physiology, exercise prescription, exercise electrocardiography, and health fitness instruction.
Dr. Bayles serves as the program coordinator for the CAAHEP-accredited undergraduate exercise science program, and is the internship coordinator for exercise science graduate and undergraduate students.
Professional experiences include 14 years as a director of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation for several tertiary care hospitals, including Allegheny General Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She has also served as a research associate in behavioral weight loss programs for the UPMC-Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.
Dr. Bayles has been involved in a variety of activities at both the state and national levels in the area of clinical/fitness certifications. She serves as a workshop director for the ACSM’s Health Fitness Instructor certification and a lecturer for the Exercise Specialist certification. She has been involved in the regional chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine in a variety of roles, serving as its president in 1992. For the ACSM, she has served on the Exercise Specialist and Health Fitness Instructor subcommittees, and she served on the steering committee that developed the ACSM’s personal trainer certification. From 2008–11 she served as chair, ACSM’s Committee on Certification and Registry Board.
Research interests are in the area of chronic disease, particularly Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and safety issues in physical activity. She has presented at numerous national and regional conferences, including ACSM, AACVPR, and MARC-ACSM. She has edited several publications, including most recently serving as section editor for the ACSM’s Resource Manual for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 7th Ed., 2013 and ACSM’s Resources for the Personal Trainer. She has served as a major advisor for numerous masters’ theses and undergraduate student research projects.